- Families in fiction.
- Flora and fauna in fiction.
- Jane Austen and contemporary writing.
- Creative Writing.
- Writing for children and young people.
Rebecca Smith teaches on the first year module, A Stranger Comes to Town and is the convenor of the second year module, Brief Encounters: Writing Short Stories, and the third year module, Writing the Novel. She supervises undergraduate and MA dissertations in creative writing and also convenes the MA module, Writing for Children and Young People and teaches on the Creative Skills Workshop.
Rebecca Smith writes fiction and non-fiction.She is the author of five novels: The Bluebird Café, Happy Birthday and All That and A Bit of Earth (all Bloomsbury), The Ash Museum (Legend Press, 2021) and Shadow Cat Summer (Stairwell Books, 2021) which is a novel for children.
Her works of non-fiction are The Jane Austen Writers’ Club: Inspiration and Advice from the World’s Best-Loved Novelist (Bloomsbury, 2016) and Jane Austen’s Guide to Modern Life’s Dilemmas (Ivy Press, 2014) which have been published around the world. She also wrote the text for the picture book, Where’s Jane? (Ivy Kids, 2018).
Rebecca Smith received Arts Council Awards to support the writing of her second and fourth novels in 2001 and 2007 and The Royal Literary Fund's J.B. Priestley Award of £10,000 in 2003. An early version of Shadow Cat Summer was shortlisted for The Kelpies Prize in 2012. From 2009-2010 Rebecca Smith was the Writer in Residence at Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton. Her works on Jane Austen grew from this time. She is currently working on another novel for Legend Press which will be published in 2023.