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About Dr Claire Griffiths

Dr Claire Griffiths is Associate Head of Creative Writing at New College of the Humanities at Northeastern University. She studied American Literature with Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, graduating 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 Humanities Scholarship for her Critical and Creative Writing PhD research and received her doctorate in 2016. She became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2018. Her teaching career includes running the Creative Writing programme at the University for the Creative Arts, and 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 in literature and creative writing at the University of East Anglia; running adult learner courses in creative writing for Imperial College London, and at Ink@84 Bookshop in London. She also currently lectures on the University of Hull’s Creative Writing MA (Online). Her professional experience incorporates authorship, journalism, publishing, events coordination and bookselling.

Dr Claire Griffiths's Research

Dr Griffiths is a practicing author of flash fiction, short and long-form fiction, and academic nonfiction. Her 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-short story collection entitled Indy, which explores localised experiences of Scottish-English divides and discourses, as Scotland pushes both towards and against independence.

Her short stories and flash fiction have been published by literary specialists including Reflex Press, Litro, and Flash Fiction Magazine, and broadcast nationally on BBC Radio 4. She has placed in 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 forthcoming debut novel, Lagermuseum, 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 group tour narratives used by guides leading site visits to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum have been published in the 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’, Online and in Reflex Fiction Anthology: Volume 5 (Reflex Press, 2021); Shortlisted, Reflex Fiction Flash Fiction Competition (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: A Journal of Culture and History 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

Writing for today’s readers and engagement with contemporary issues are at the forefront of Dr Griffiths’ teaching practice. She primarily specialises in the craft of writing prose fiction (flash fiction, short fiction, novels), with secondary specialisms in the writing of creative nonfiction, contemporary literary studies, and the Gothic. She currently teaches on modules which also incorporate elements of poetry, dramatic scripts and writing from life. She supervises undergraduate and postgraduate creative writing dissertations, with a particular focus on short and long-form fiction, spanning commercial to literary genres.

Her teaching history includes modules with both a contemporary and classic literary focus, working across multiple forms and genres. As a portfolio and dissertation supervisor she has worked on projects ranging from novels, to short story and poetry collections, to hybrid visual-text projects, to rap albums


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’.