I am six weeks into my MA in Creative Writing. The days are long and there is a lot of work involved but I am enjoying every minute of it I feel so privileged to have a place on this course. We have peer critiques and poetry workshops during which our own work is critiqued and analysed I have found this to be beneficial for developing my own editorial skills as a writer. As well as this we are all working on writing our own novels (watch this space). Of course reading and writing go hand in hand so as part of the MA we are reading a novel a week, so far we have read “The Rainbow” by DH Lawrence, “The Sense of an Ending” by Julian Barnes,”The Awakening” by Kate Chopin, “The Story of Before” by Susan Stairs (a former graduate of the course) and we are currently reading “On Chesil Beach” by Ian Mc Ewan. Other books which we look forward to reading include “A Girl Is a Half Formed Thing” by the award winning Eimear Mc Bride and “The Great Gatsby” by Scott Fitzgerald. We also have writers and publishers in to talk to us. One of my favourite modules of the course is “the archive of the imagination” where we delve into the world of the fairytale. All of this is done under with the guidance and support from some of the most accomplished writers in the country. Yes, you did read correctly I only started my MA six weeks ago. Despite all the work that is involved deciding to apply for the MA in Creative Writing is one of the best decisions I have ever made as a writer. Phew…… After all that reading and writing I think I deserve a large bar of chocolate.
Six weeks into my MA in Creative Writing