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About Dr Claire Griffiths

Dr Claire Griffiths is Programme Director and Assistant Professor in Creative Writing at NCH/Northeastern University London. She studied American Literature with Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, where she graduated with First Class Honours, before continuing on to the institution’s renowned MA in Creative Writing: Prose, which she passed with Distinction. She was awarded a full-funding Humanities Scholarship for her PhD research and received her doctorate in Creative and Critical Writing in 2016. Her teaching career includes running the Creative Writing programme at the University for the Creative Arts, and for the University of Westminster’s International Summer School, lecturing in contemporary fiction and creative writing alongside Booker Prize winner Bernardine Evaristo at Brunel University, and lecturing in literature and creative writing at the University of East Anglia. She became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2018. In addition to her work at NCH/Northeastern, she lectures on the University of Hull’s Creative Writing MA (Online) programme and teaches an adult education course in creative writing for Imperial College London. Her additional professional experience includes journalism, publishing, events coordination and bookselling.

Dr Claire Griffiths's Research

Dr Griffiths’ primary research field is discourse analysis, specifically sites of enunciation (Maingueneau et al), and the fusion of geographic and embodied scenography. She is currently developing a short story collection, entitled Halfie, which explores localised experiences of Scottish-English divides and discourses, as Scotland pushes both towards and against independence.

Her short stories and flash fiction pieces have been published by literary specialists including Reflex Press, Litro, and Flash Fiction Magazine, as well as broadcast nationally on BBC Radio 4. She has placed in major international literary competitions, including the Bridport Short Story Prize, the SmokeLong Quarterly Flash Fiction Award, the Bristol Short Story Prize and the Bath Short Story Award. Her debut novel, Lagermuseum, is currently in preparation for publication. The novel is based on her PhD research into artworks produced by prisoners incarcerated in the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. Her creative nonfiction explorations of the standardisation of narratives used by tour guides leading group visits to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum were published in the academic journal Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History (Taylor Francis), and the book Trauma and Memory: the Holocaust in Contemporary Culture (Routledge).

Selected Publications and Awards

  • ‘Balmedie’, Reflex Press, 2021.
  • ‘(Wutch)’, Shortlisted, Bridport Short Story Prize 2021.
  • Moniak Mhor, Creative Scotland funded writing residency, 2021.
  • ‘Touring the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum’, Trauma and Memory: the Holocaust in Contemporary Culture (Routledge, 2021).
  • Lagermuseum, Shortlisted, Bridge Awards Emerging Writer Award 2020.
  • ‘Homing Call’, Shortlisted, SmokeLong Quarterly Award 2020.
  • ‘Adulting’, Flash Fiction Magazine, 2019.
  • ‘Kirabiti’, Litro Magazine 2019; Longlisted, Bath Short Story Award 2019.
  • ‘Encountering Auschwitz’, Holocaust Studies, Vol. 25/1-2 (Taylor Francis, 2019).
  • ‘Táta and Máma and Me’, Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology: Vol. 7 (Tangent, 2014); Second Place, Bristol Short Story Prize 2014.
  • ‘The Painter and the Dybbuk’, BBC Radio 4, The Time Being (Sweet Talk Productions, 2014).
  • University of East Anglia Faculty of Arts and Humanities PhD Scholarship 2010.
  • University of East Anglia Malcolm Bradbury Memorial Trust Bursary 2006.

Dr Claire Griffiths's Teaching

Dr Griffiths specialises in the craft of writing prose fiction (short stories, flash fiction, novels), with a secondary interest in the writing of creative nonfiction. Her focus is strongly contemporary, with writing for today’s readers at the forefront of her practice. She also teaches on modules incorporating poetry and dramatic scripts, and as a portfolio/dissertation supervisor has worked on projects ranging from novels to short story and poetry collections to rap albums.

Claire’s teaching history includes modules with both a contemporary and classic literary focus, working across multiple forms and genres.

Sample Teaching History:

  • NCH/Northeastern: ‘The Writer’s Craft’, ‘The Writer’s Voice: Influence and Innovation’,
    ‘Final Year Project and Publishing Horizons’.
  • Imperial College London: ‘Short Story Writing’.
  • University of Hull: ‘The Writer’s Craft’, ‘Writing From Life’, ‘Short Story Writing’, ‘The Writer’s Portfolio’.
  • Brunel University: ‘Writing Modern Fiction’, ‘Creative Practice’.
  • University for the Creative Arts: ‘Developing the Writer’s Voice’, ‘Writing Into The Landscape’, ‘Journalism and Media Dissertation’, ‘Creative Writing Final Year Project’, ‘Writers In Real Life’.
  • University of East Anglia: ‘The Gothic’, ‘Creative Writing Dissertation’, ‘Introduction to Creative Writing’, ‘Creative Writing: Prose’, ‘Adaptation and Experimental Literature’, ‘Reading Texts’, ‘Literature and History II’.
  • University of Westminster: ‘Creative Writing: Literary London’.