Alyson Morris

Course Director for English and Creative Writing

School of Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Email: bsx305@coventry.ac.uk 

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Biography

Alyson has been a lecturer at Coventry University since 2003. She has taught English to overseas students, business English, academic essay writing and English for academic purposes. Since 2005 she has developed and taught creative writing on the BA English Degree. Alyson is now Course Director for BA English and Creative Writing. She writes poetry, flash fiction and short stories.

Prior to joining Coventry University, she published materials for education and marketing. In 2007, Alyson produced and taught creative writing modules on the BA English degree, which she continues to teach and maintain today. Teaching includes poetry, travel writing, short stories, play writing and writing for children.

In 2008, along with a group of students, Alyson produced Coventry Words, a creative writing web and magazine for student writers. Alyson is currently working on a project with The Herbert Museum and Gallery to publish students’ poetry inspired by museum and gallery exhibits.

Teaching
  • Module Leader, 151DEL: Writing for Magazines
  • Module Leader, 250DEL: Creating Stories for Children
  • Module Leader, 251DEL: The Short Story Workshop
  • Module Leader, 302DEL: Professional Portfolio in Creative Writing Project
  • Lecturer, 150DEL: Poetry and Descriptive Prose
  • Lecturer, 351DEL: Writing for the Theatre and Radio
  • Tutor, 100DEL: Introduction to English and Languages
  • Tutor, 200DEL: Career and Planning Project
  • Tutor, 300DEL: Literature Review Project
Qualifications
  • M.A., Creative Writing, Birmingham City University
  • B.A Ed. (Hons), Design and Technology with Computer Studies, Goldsmiths’ University of London
Professional Licences and Certifications
  • 2003, TESOL, Golders Green Language School, London
  • 1995-present, Primary Teacher
Research Interests
  • History and the short story
  • Contemporary prose poetry
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley and his political poetry
  • Creative writing pedagogy
  • Publishing students’ work
  • Exploring the use of the short story as a learning tool for university students studying subjects such as History and Law
Selected Outputs
  • Morris, A., and Foster, S. (2013) Law and the Short Story. [Presentation]
  • Morris, A. (2013) Poetry Collection: Hole, Analogue and Bakelite, The String You Can Play Without, Writer’s Weave. Earlyworks Press
  • Morris, A. (2012) 'Producing Creative Writing Magazines and Websites: The value to university students'. Writers in Education (NAWE Journal),58
  • Morris, A. (2012) 'Hole, Analogue and Bakelite, The String You Can Play Without, Postcard'. In This is a book about Alice: Prizewinning Poetry and Flash Fiction. Ed. by Green, K. Hastings: Earlyworks Press
  • Morris, A. (2011) 'Law and the Short Story: Human Rights students trial the short story as a method of assessment'. Writers in Education (NAWE Journal) 53
  • Morris, A. (2011) 'Flash Theatre: The ten-minute script, practical playwriting for level three BA English students'. Writers in Education (NAWE Journal) 55
  • Morris, A. (2010) 'The Multimedia Picture Book: Using PowerPoint to Create Stories for Children'. Writers in Education (NAWE Journal) 52
Selected Professional Activities
  • Using the Short Story as a learning tool for other university departments, apart from Law
  • CPD short courses in writing to local community
  • Created and now Executive Editor of Coventry Words
Other Responsibilities
  • Course Director, English and Creative Writing
  • Employability Tutor
Coventry University No.1 Modern University No.1 Modern University in the Midlands
Coventry University awarded TEF GOLD Teaching Excellence Framework
University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2020
Coventry City of Culture 2021