Katie Pearce

University of Glasgow Postgraduate Award - Writing

In the ‘70s and ‘80s, Glasgow was in the clutch of violent gang wars. In 2005, it was the murder capital of Europe. In 2019, Glasgow was named the UK’s leading cultural and creative city. Katie was first drawn to Glasgow because of its complex history and emerging creative scene. She graduated from Rollins College in 2019 with an honors bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in creative writing. Her dark, literary stories are driven by the idea ‘make your monsters work for you’ and draw attention to individual, societal, and cultural ‘monsters.’ In the MLitt creative writing program at the University of Glasgow, she will creatively explore modern monsters that haunt Scotland. During her writing career, Katie has been publicly workshopped by Hillary Jordan and National Book Award finalists, Elliot Ackerman and Lisa Ko; proposed and received funding for a student-faculty collaborative study converting an original story into a graphic narrative; presented at a literary conference; completed a creative thesis/short story collection; won collegiate writing awards and scholarships; and was published by Fiction Southeast. She is deeply interested in ever-evolving styles of communication and the unreliability of our perceptions.