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Dr Ursula Hurley
Senior Lecturer, English and Creative Writing
Eng/Soc/P&CHist
The University of Salford

Expertise:
Creative writing, Memoir, Autobiography, Creative Nonfiction, Experimental prose, Hybrid genres

Biography:
Ursula took a circuitous route to academia, having worked teaching English as a foreign language, in advertising, where she found herself mentoring other copy writers, and then in community engagement, where she helped others to express their needs and opinions. Eventually the penny dropped, and she realised that the power of language was her driving passion. Thus enlightened, she set up and ran the Writing Centre at Liverpool Hope University, winning a number of learning and teaching awards, before joining the Creative Writing team at Salford. Since then she has gained her Ph.D., become a prize-winning poet and prose writer, and continues to work in community engagement via the University's 'Writing Lives' project. She is now re-writing her Ph.D. thesis (which turned out to be three books in one) and hopes to publish it in the near future.

Qualifications:
1996 BA (Hons) English (from St John's College, Cambridge). 1997 MA Writing Studies (from Lancaster University). Distinction 2011 PhD Creative Writing (from Manchester Metropolitan University). Comprising a novel and complementary discourses, this thesis blurs the traditional distinctions between critical theory and creative practice, and contributes new insights into the practice, craft, and theory of the contemporary novel.

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  1. Fail again, fail better: The case for formative assessment in first year undergraduate creative practice-based modules
  2. 'The Delicate One - With Sugar'
  3. 'Upper Derwent Water'
  4. Walking in the world of ruins: Explorations in the processes and products of autobiographical fiction
  5. Heartwood
  6. Look back in wonder: how the endings of short stories can be their most powerful and effective distinguishing features
  7. Two poems: 'In her sunporch' and 'Her garden, my lure'
  8. Truths and their telling: a novel with complementary discourses
  9. Two poems: 'In her sunporch' and 'Her garden, my lure'
  10. All the love in the world
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