Search our site
Search our site

Creative Writing Distance Learning MA: After you graduate

Where this course will take you

Graduates from this course will be qualified to teach upon completion, and will gain classroom experience through teaching the first year undergraduate programme. You'll also write a book-length dissertation which may lead on to publication.

Gretchen Ryan is a Creative Writing MA graduate, who's written about her experience on the course:

"Initially it was a bit daunting returning to university as a mature student (in my early 50s) but as there were quite a number of us older students we soon formed a little group and in fact became quite good friends. The thing I possibly enjoyed most about Kingston was the number of workshops on offer pretty much throughout my time there. I found myself signing up for everything, from fiction to thriller to life writing courses. I just loved the vibe of being in that academic and literary environment. It was a huge privilege being able to attend workshops, free of charge, presented by some of the most esteemed literary personalities. In addition, there were publishing events that put us in direct contact with editors, agents and publishers. Weekly events hosted by Kingston Writing School were also hugely inspiring. Listening to authors relating their journeys about the long road from writing to being published was hugely encouraging and something I rarely missed.

The actual MA course and the various modules we had to complete pushed me beyond my comfort zone, in particular poetry which is something I'd never had a penchant for. But thanks to my accomplished lecturers I ended up enjoying every single one of them.

However, it was one of the extra-curricular workshops that inspired my book, Secrets of a Stewardess. The memoir/life writing workshop was hosted by John Man, author of more than thirteen books. I was convinced that I was in the wrong class as I felt that I had absolutely no story to tell, but he somehow managed to coax out of me my years as an airline stewardess in the ‘80s. I also wrote a children's book (which was signed up by an agent) while I was at Kingston University, but used the memoir as part of my dissertation.

I can honestly say that completing my MA in Creative Writing at Kingston University and then being published is one of the most rewarding things I have done. It taught me that you are never too old to achieve your goals - you just need to set them and then work towards them. Studying creative writing gave me the confidence to believe that I actually could write and the whole support system offered at Kingston University, finally helped me to get published.

Secrets of a Stewardess has been published by The History Press who have done an outstanding job of marketing it. WHS Smith Travel bought 2 500 copies upfront; I have been interviewed on BBC Radio 4; I have featured on BBC World Services', The Conversation; I have been interviewed live on Talk Radio Europe; I have had a feature in The Daily Mail newspaper; I have been interviewed and photographed by The Sun newspaper and I featured in Prima magazine's August edition."

Other graduate successes

Here is a story MA student Seraphina Madsen wrote for the MA Critical Challenges module. It was published in the UK's pre-eminent literay journal,The White Review and secured her an agent and a book deal. 

Stevan Alcock is another MA student whose debut novel - workshopped on our MA - was published by 4th Estate. Here is a review in the Guardian

Hannah Vincent is a former MFA student with novels out with Myriad Editions and Salt.

Myriad Editions also run a writing competition each year aimed at finding new writers, with MFA student Karly Stilling winning in 2015. This year the award was won by another current Kingston student, Sylvia Carr. Former MA (now PhD student) Joseph Pierson was a recent runner up. Here's a story he originally wrote for Writer's Workshop. 

Julia Lewis is a former MFA student and experimental poet who has gone on to publish a wide range of work, for example: themissingslate.com/2016/07/28/poet-month-julia-rose-lewis/. She also rewrote MA tutor James Miller's novel Lost Boys as a collection of experimental poetry

Stefan Mohamed has gone to have a successful career as a writer of YA fiction. MA student Vicky Newham signed a two book deal for her crime series. Vicky  is on the Daggers longlist for the best crime novel by a first-time author.  Faiqa Mansab published her debut novel in Pakistan and India to great acclaim. 

 

Other successes include Susie Lynes and Lauren Forry.

Contact our admissions team

Submit an enquiry

020 3308 9930*

*Calls cost 7p per minute from a UK landline plus your phone company's access charge. Calls to this number from mobiles are normally deductible from your inclusive minutes.

Location

This course is taught at Penrhyn Road (residency modules only)

View Penrhyn Road (residency modules only) on our Google Maps

Contact our admissions team

Submit an enquiry

020 3308 9930*

*Calls cost 7p per minute from a UK landline plus your phone company's access charge. Calls to this number from mobiles are normally deductible from your inclusive minutes.

Location

This course is taught at Penrhyn Road (residency modules only)

View Penrhyn Road (residency modules only) on our Google Maps
Favourite this course

Did you find what you are looking for?

This field is required.

>

Thank you for your feedback.

Find a course

Course finder

>

Find us on Facebook

Postgraduate study
Site menu