Staff profile

Laura Stroud

Lecturer in Creative Writing

Laura Stroud sat on a sofa with a hot drink in hand


English, Creative Writing and Publishing


College of Arts, Humanities and Education





I am a writer, teacher and creative. I am the founder of Derbyshire Writing School, where I teach creative and professional writing and provide coaching, as well as writing freelance content for corporate clients. I run retreats and writing events across Derbyshire. At the University of Derby, I am a Creative Writing lecturer and Programme Leader for MA Creative Writing (2021-22).

Teaching responsibilities

For the academic year 2021-22, I am the Programme Leader for the MA Creative Writing.

I am the Module Leader for:

I also teach on:

For the BA Creative and Professional Writing, I am the Module Leader for:

Professional interests

I am interested in using creative writing as a tool to develop teams and to build personal resilience and self-efficacy

Membership of professional bodies


Experience in industry

As the founder of Derbyshire Writing School, I also host a writing podcast called Begin. I work as a freelance writer and content creator, as well as teaching within Adult Education and Further Education. My background is event and project management and I worked within business development roles.

Additional interests and activities

I enjoy reading, writing and walking

Recent publications

Stroud, L. (2020) Everyday Storytellers, UK: Randan Press