Professor Jasmine Donahaye
English Literature & Creative Writing
Telephone: (01792) 606616
Room: Office - 233
Second Floor
Keir Hardie Building
Singleton Campus

Jasmine Donahaye’s publications include narrative non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and cultural criticism. Her memoir, Losing Israel (2015), won the non-fiction category of Wales Book of the Year, and her story ‘Theft’ was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize.

Before taking up her post at Swansea University, she worked for many years in the publishing sector and as Publishing Grants Officer at the Welsh Books Council, and this background in publishing closely informs her teaching of creative writing.

Her research interests include the natural world, identity, Jewish studies, Welsh culture and Israel-Palestine, and she would welcome enquiries about Creative Writing PhD supervision that pertain to any of these areas and beyond.

She was elected a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales in 2017.


  1. The middle ages. Poetry Wales 51(3), 24
  2. A colonial fantasy. The Welsh Agenda(55), 50-51.
  3. Welsh views of Palestine. Western Mail
  4. Losing Israel. Bridgend: Seren.
  5. Ideology and story in life-writing. New Welsh Reader(108), 6-9.

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  • EN-118 Creative Writing: Styles of Fiction

    An innovative module that will introduce the student to the art of writing within a broad range of styles. Weekly lectures will introduce each student to authors of specific styles, such as poetry, writing for theatre, song writing and professional writing. Each lecture will be followed by a seminar that will focus on a variety of methods used to write in that specific style. Regular assignments will offer the student an opportunity to write creatively - a unique opportunity to expand, discover, and explore their emerging writerly voice. Built into the module is a wide reaching reading programme that will assist each student to be conversant with the traditions of writing in a specific genre, whilst encouraging close reading and editing skills. Students will be taught by published authors who work within these particular genres, and will also have the opportunity to hear these authors read & discuss their own new work and works-in-progress. The module aims to examine the structure, voice, setting and style, of specific written material so as to initiate curiosity, create empathy, and focus on increasing an understanding of the structures used within research, writing character, setting and historical context in a specific style. Emphasis will be placed on the theory and practice of reading, comprehension and writing.

  • EN-232 Introduction to Writing Poetry

    This module consists of ten three-hour weekly workshops, in which students will be introduced to the craft of writing poetry, paying close attention to the specific langauge of the poem, and the relationship between form and content. This will occur against a background theme of the changing role of the poet in society and how it has affected poetic form, as well as an exploration of the position of poetry - whether performed or published - in the past and the present. The focus each week will be on writing and rewriting, and weekly workshops will include discussion of published poetry and the students' own work.

  • EN-234 Introduction to Writing Fiction

    Building on the overview of fiction genres in EN117, this course, which is workshop-based, takes a practical approach to getting started as a writer of fiction. Through a combination of expert instruction and practical exercises, together with a thorough reading programme, EN-234 guides students on the path towards writing and improving their own fictional prose. The emphasis will be on the short-story form. students will create a portfolio of fiction work, on which they will be assessed.

  • EN-3026 Creative Writing Personal Project

    Students taking this module must submit a portfolio of creative writing of between 7-8,000 words in any genre, subject to Departmental approval. The Personal Project is an independent study module for which each student will receive 5 hours of individual or group supervision. Supervisions will take place at regular intervals with set targets, and will primarily involve feedback on the style and structure of the submission.

  • EN-309 Further Creative Non Fiction

    Ambitious Creative Non-Fiction covers a wide range of genres and approaches, encompassing arts and literary reviews, travel and landscape writing, political and persuasive essays, nature writing, interview-based profiles and biography. Leading on from the introductory module Creative Non Fiction (EN204), this course offers students an opportunity to examine how these genres work and to test and improve their own skills through practical workshop techniques. It is assessed by two assignments, the first being a 2,000-word portfolio accompanied by a 1,000-word reflective essay, and the second in the form of a 4,000-word portfolio accompanied by a 1,500-word reflective essay.

  • EN-M68 Creative Non-Fiction

    This module explores the demands and challenges of writing non-fiction prose across a range of subject matters and styles. `Creative non-fiction¿ is a broad term that can include, among others, travel writing, nature writing, memoir, biography, and literary journalism or other forms of documentary writing. What is common to all these forms is the combination of factual story-telling and evocative writing. This module provides an opportunity to write in a number of these non-fiction forms, with a focus on narrative. We will explore the creative imperatives of effective story-telling and the challenge of dealing with facts; the distinctions between fictional and factual storytelling; the place of the personal in documentary forms; the role of research, and opportunities for publication. · Introduction to non-fiction prose and narrative non-fiction · Subject matter, research, and ethical questions · Exploring the boundaries between fiction and non-fiction storytelling · Structure: beginnings, endings, and everything in between · Language and style: the first-person narrative and the third-person narrative · Exploring known and unknown lives · Exploring known and unknown environments · Opinion, politics, and personal perspective · Selecting, drafting and rewriting · Developing a publication portfolio

  • ENMD00 Creative Writing Dissertation

    Individual Creative Writing project devised and defined in discussion between supervisor and student (within the parameters pertaining to genre detailed in the MA Creative Writing handbook)


  • The Third Room (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Alan Kellermann
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Alan Kellermann
  • Limina (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Alan Kellermann
  • 'Ticking' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof David Britton

Key Grants and Projects

  • Slaughter 2015 - 2017

    , Arts Council Wales