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150 renowned authors share writing secrets on free app

butterflyWhether you see yourself as a JK Rowling, a Zadie Smith or a Seamus Heaney, would-be writers can share the creative secrets of world-class authors plus helpful hints and writing tips at their fingertips thanks to a newly launched app from the University of Warwick.

The ‘Writers’ iPhone app provides access to more than 200 rare recordings of over 150 authors and poets discussing their work and creative process, from the 1970s to the present day and is available to download free-of-charge from the iTunes store.

In the first two weeks after launch, the app was in the top five 'Top Free' in the UK App Store Education store and remains on the main iTunes UK App Store home page under 'New and Noteworthy'. To date, around 10,000 copies of 'Writers' have been downloaded.

Professor David Morley, National Teaching Fellow from the University of Warwick’s Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, said:

“This new app allows millions of people across the globe to download Warwick at its most creative, serious and playful. It includes historically important readings and interviews hosted by the Warwick Writing Programme with some quite remarkable writers including Umberto Eco, Germaine Greer and Allen Ginsberg, but also Nobel Prize winners such as Doris Lessing, Mario Vargas Llosa and Derek Walcott.”

Professor Morley directs The Warwick Writing Programme which has developed into one of the most successful and high impact creative writing brands worldwide.

“Part of the reason for that success is the way it reaches out beyond the university in the belief that all writing, at its best, is creative - and creative writing, at its best, is global and inclusive,” he concluded.

The Writers app has been developed entirely by the in-house Web Development Team at the University and the developers are currently planning an Android version.


For further information contact Professor David Morley on 02476 523346 or Kate Cox, Communications Manager on +44 (0)2476 574255/150483, m: +44(0)7920 531221 or