“The structure of the Curious Incident owes a great deal to Kathryn Heyman, with whom I was teaching a course some years ago. She was talking to the students about structure… as she spoke, the heavens opened, angels sang..”
– Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Dr Kathryn Heyman has taught Creative Writing for the University of Oxford, the University of Glasgow and the University of Sydney, for whom she’s also been an external examiner. She was the Scottish Arts Council Writing Fellow for the University of Glasgow and the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at Westminster College, Oxford. As Royal Literary Fellow in Australia she worked with Karrayili Adult Education Centre on story projects with indigenous communities in and around Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley. She is a graduate of the MA in Writing at Sheffield Hallam University and has a Doctorate in Creative Arts from the University of Technology, Sydney.
A regular tutor for the Arvon Foundation, she is the Fiction Program Director of Faber Academy at Allen & Unwin. She has led writing courses in Bali, Fiji, Athens, Oxford, Edinburgh, Sydney, Perth, Singapore, Darwin and Hong Kong and is acknowledged as being particularly skilled in helping writers understand story structure.
“Kathryn is an inspirational and charismatic teacher. With her trademark energy and humour, she encouraged me to ask the hard questions.”
– Jane Rusbridge, author of The Devils Music, Longlisted for Impac Award
“Kathryn Heyman is a revelatory teacher. I love her directness, her honesty, her clarity and her humour. There is always laughter, sometimes an epiphany – literally I feel like I’ve heard the slud and slide of pieces/words/stories falling into place. She is brilliant, and each time I have gone away with the confidence to know what to do.”
-Miranda Landgraaf, Lecturer in Writing, Anglia Ruskin, Cambridge