Helen Shipman

Job title
Course Co-ordinator: MA Professional Writing
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Helen has taught at undergraduate and MA Level for over 20 years and has extensive experience of designing and delivering online writing courses. She is also a writer of fiction, and was a finalist in the Sunday Independent Short Story competition. Her first novel is currently being edited, and she is working on her second, a contemporary thriller about the murder of a child. Helen teaches on a range of writing courses at Falmouth. Her particular interests include the development of the novel, contemporary fiction, literary and narrative theory. She has previously taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses on the nineteenth-century novel, contemporary fiction, critical theory, and writing.

Helen is the external examiner for Kingston University's BA in Creative Writing.


YearQualificationAwarding body
MA Professional Writing
Plymouth University
MA Development of the Novel in 18th Century
BA (Hons) English Literature
UNW (Bangor)

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

My areas of particular interest and expertise include:

  • The design and delivery of online writing courses
  • The development of the novel
  • The short story
  • The craft of fiction writing
  • Narratology

Research outputs

Publications and research outputs


Marriott, Susannah, Shipman, Helen and Bruce, Christina (2012) How To Write Your Family History for Tablet Devices: A Complete Course for Beginners. How to Write . Firsty Group, Barnes and Noble. ISBN 9781908285492


Areas of teaching

Elements of narrative; contextual essay; short stories; writing a novel; the development of the novel; narratology; literary theory.

Courses taught

MA Professional Writing: Elements of Narrative; Research and Development;Contextual Essay

Professional engagement