I am a Professor of Creative Writing and was for ten years the Director of the Creative Writing programme at the University of East Anglia (UEA). Previously I was a long-standing tutor for the Arvon Foundation, and was for three years the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at UEA. Between 2004-7 I was convenor of the English Literature with Creative Writing BA at UEA. Between 2006-11 I was convenor of the Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA, and I am currently the convenor of the MFA in Creative Writing. I teach and lecture at undergraduate and MA level, and supervise numerous PhD students. I attend many meetings.