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Published: 30 November 2017

Critically acclaimed author Monica Ali to remain as Distinguished Writer-in-Residence

By Peter La

Renowned author Monica Ali’s role as Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Surrey has been extended until October 2018.

Critically acclaimed author Monica Ali will remain at the University of Surrey for an additional year, after having her post as Distinguished Writer-in-Residence extended till October 2018.

The University’s School of Literature and Languages appointed the award-winning author as Distinguished Writer-in-Residence in December 2015. Since then, Monica has supported the School’s mission to provide creative writing students with the guidance they need to improve their craft and pursue their creative endeavour.

Throughout her time at Surrey Monica has been running a series of Writer-in-Residence Masterclasses, open to Creative Writing MA and MFA students, as well as final-year English Literature with Creative Writing BA students and Creative Writing PhD research students. Monica has also provided one-on-one Writing Surgery sessions, sharing with students her novel-writing expertise and insight, and giving them the invaluable opportunity to work alongside an accomplished author. She has also represented the School at events such as the Festival of Wonder in May 2017, the annual AHRC TECHNE Consortium congress for PhD students hosted at Surrey in July 2017, and at other notable events such as the recent Institute of Philosophy Annual Debate. Each year she has participated in the annual Surrey New Writers Festival run by the School of Literature and Languages, offering guidance to writers in the Guildford area.  

Monica has a wealth of literary experience, having written a number of award-winning novels including Brick Lane (shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize), In the Kitchen and Untold Story.

Talking about her time so far as Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University, Monica commented: “I continue to be impressed with the enthusiasm and creativity of students’ enrolled in the Creative Writing programmes at Surrey, who have continued to work to a very high standard.”

Bran Nicol, Head of the School of Literature of Languages at the University of Surrey, said: “I am delighted that Monica will be continuing in her role here at Surrey for an additional year. As a writer of truly international standing, our students have benefitted hugely from her teaching, her feedback on their work-in-progress, and insight into the literary world. Over the past two years she has inspired a great many of our students, helping them reach their full potential as creative writers.”


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