Dr Jasmine Donahaye
Associate Professor
English Literature & Creative Writing
Telephone: (01792) 606616

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.

Publications

  1. The Jew of Carlisle, the Jew Stone, and traditional Welsh historiography. Jewish Culture and History 19
  2. Losing Israel. Bridgend: Seren.
  3. The Greatest Need: The creative life and troubled times of Lily Tobias, a Welsh Jew in Palestine. Aberystwyth: Honno Press.
  4. & (2015). Introduction to My Mother's House by Lily Tobias. : Honno Welsh Women's Classics
  5. Whose People? Wales, Israel, Palestine. Cardiff: University of Wales Press.

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Teaching

  • 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-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-M81 Creative Writing and Publishing

    This module introduces MA students to the structures and roles of the publishing sector, and to models and approaches to publishing. Students will gain a familiarity with industry terminology and the mechanisms of the book trade, and will be introduced to the principles and practices of seeking publication. They will also gain a familiarity with potential employment roles in the book trade. The module will consist of weekly seminars covering different aspects of publishing. Students will be responsible for researching publishing outlets and submission processes, and preparing draft approaches to publishers, including online and print, literary journals, competitions, agents and book publishers.

  • 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)

Supervision

  • The Third Room (current)

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

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof David Britton

Key Grants and Projects

  • Slaughter 2015 - 2017

    , Arts Council Wales