Colin Dyter

Position: Senior Lecturer in Professional Writing and Scriptwriting

College: College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Department: Humanities

Subject area: Creative Writing

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Senior Lecturer in Professional Writing and Scriptwriting.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach on the BA (Hons) Creative & Professional Writing degree, and have been teaching at Derby for more than 12 years.

Professional interests

  • Journalism and modern-day mythmaking
  • Scriptwriting as a literary form
  • Writing as social activism
  • Creative applications of new and developing technologies

Research interests

My research interests include Transmedia and immersive storytelling, News as modern-day myth-making, and Satire as a political weapon. I am particularly interested in why politicians make poor comedians, and why comedians make excellent politicians. My other research interests include developing virtual reality applications and material to stimulate imagination and creativity, and enabling communities and organisations to articulate their concerns and find practical solutions to their problems through writing and storytelling. 


  • BA Hons English and Philosophy
  • Cert Ed

Recent conferences

  • Transmedia Storytelling, London Sept 2015
  • The Writers' Conference, BBC, Media City, Manchester August 2015
  • BBC Comedy Conference, Llandudno March 2017

Additional interests and activities

  • Writing; script editing
  • Skiing

Experience in industry

I was a journalist on national and regional newspapers and magazines for 25 years before turning to corporate communications coaching and higher education teaching. I have worked in many roles, ranging from news reporter and feature writer, to production editor and deputy editor. I was a member of the Sunday Sentinel team that won the Regional Newspaper of the Year award in 2001. I have also written comedy for television and radio, and ran a film production company making comedy films as corporate team-building events.

In the media

  • Professional Writing, PR and Marketing
  • Speech writing
  • TV, Radio and Cinema scriptwriting

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