Dr Una McCormack

Lecturer, Creative Writing

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:Department of English and Media

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Creative writing

Courses taught: Writing and English Literature, Writing and Film Studies, Creative Writing

Una is a New York Times bestselling author of TV tie-in novels based on franchises such as Star Trek and Doctor Who.

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Una teaches writing at undergraduate and graduate level. Her background is in sociology, and before joining Anglia Ruskin she taught at Judge Business School, Cambridge, and Cambridge University Engineering Department.

Una is the author of seven science fiction novels, and numerous short stories and audio dramas in that genre. She is also a prolific fanfiction writer, setting up and organising a number of online writing groups and resources for fanfiction writers.

Research interests

  • Fanfiction/transformative works
  • Women’s science fiction


  • PhD Sociology, University of Surrey
  • MSc Research Methods in Psychology, University of Reading
  • BA History and Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge

Memberships, editorial boards

  • National Association of Writers in Education

Selected recent publications

Star Trek – The Missing. Simon and Schuster, 2014.

McCormack. U., 2014. Finding Ourselves in the (Un)Mapped Lands: women’s reparative readings of The Lord of the Rings. In: Croft, J.N. and Donovan, L. (Eds.). Perilous and Fair: Women in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Mythopoeic Society, 2014.

Doctor Who: An Eye for Murder. Big Finish, 2014.

Bernice Summerfield: Good Night, Ladies. Big Finish, 2014.

Star Trek – The Fall: The Crimson Shadow. Simon and Schuster, 2013.

McCormack, U., 2013. The margins write back: young writers and the benefits of fanfiction. NAWE magazine, 60, Summer 2013.

Blake’s 7: Risk Management. Big Finish, 2013.

McCormack, U., 2012. Exciting Adventures in Time and Space: reading and writing tie-in fiction. British Fantasy Society Journal, Winter 2012.

McCormack, U., 2012. Typing in the margins: writing TV tie-in fiction. Focus: the British Science Fiction Association’s Magazine for Writers, 59, Winter 2012/13.

McCormack, U., 2012. Women Talking to Women. Perspectives: magazine of Scotland’s democratic left, 34, Autumn 2012. (Review of Women of the Revolution: Forty Years of Feminism, ed. Kira Cochrane.).

Doctor Who: The Way Through the Woods. BBC Books, 2011.

Recent presentations and conferences

McCormack, U., 2012. Amy’s Choice: Doctor Who companions and the nightmare of domesticity. Presented at Dreams and nightmares in science fiction and fantasy panel, Festival of Ideas, Cambridge, 25 October 2012.