Elsa Braekkan Payne

Colleges, School and Institutes


For the past 20 years I have been involved in teaching, curriculum innovation and programme management in Creative Writing. Prior to that I taught English and other Literatures (Russian and Scandinavian) across Adult and Higher Education in the West Midlands. I am bilingual Norwegian-English.    

My 15 years experience of developing and co-ordinating a successful part-time BA in Creative Writing at the then Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of Birmingham - one of the first single honours Creative Writing degrees in the UK – has formed the basis of my work in English.  Since joining the University in 2006, I have been responsible for the development of the Creative Writing component of the BA English with Creative Writing, for which I am the Programme Convenor. I have also designed modules for the new MA in Creative Writing. I organise the Birmingham Visiting Writers’ Programme, a series of annual lectures by high-profile writers.

Research interests

The main function of my research is to support my interests in curriculum innovation and to enable me to develop new pedagogies of Creative Writing, grounded in both theory and practice of writing. I view Creative Writing as a meeting point for writing and research across genres, media and disciplines. 

My main research and writing interests are in the following areas: The Short Story, Editing Theory and Practice, Cross-disciplinary Models of Authorship, Writing as Translation and Adaptation, Autobiographical and Biographical Poetry.

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

I will be taking on PhD supervision in the research areas outlined above.