Dr Yan Zhao received her Masters (2005) and PhD (2011) degrees in Applied Linguistics from Warwick University, UK. Since joining Xijiao-Liverpool University in 2013, Yan has taught Linguistics modules to undergraduate students. She has also taught Research Methods and Discourse Analysis to MA TESOL students. In Feb. 2015, Yan published her monogragh Second Language Creative Writers: Identities and Writing Processes (with the UK academic publisher Multilingual Matters). Yan has also published at peer-reviewed international journals including New Writing: International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing; Asian EFL, and Asian Journal of Applied Linguistics. Her forthcoming article will appear in Asian ESP. Yan is interested in second language writing studies, discourse analysis, and second language motivation and identities studies. She is particularly interested in using creative writing as resources and medium for learning. Currently Yan is doing her National Social Science Fund project (as PI) 'A Case Study of A Multi-dimensional, Identity-driven Second Language (L2) Pedagogical Model'.