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Creative Writing 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.

Some of our graduates have achieved notable successes, having published novels, short stories and attracted good literary agents, which were started as part of their degree. Oyinkan Braithwaite's novel, My Sister the Serial Killer, has been reviewed by The New Yorker and BBC Radio 4's Open Book and Front Row, where it was described as a 'super-slick debut' and 'feminist noir'.

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.

What our graduates say

Check out what our graduates have gone on to do and how studying at Kingston helped them achieve their goals.

Name: Sarah Rees Brennan
Course: Creative Writing MA

"I chose to study at Kingston because unlike many writing courses, it allowed space for both fantasy and children's novels. I especially loved my Children's Literature class with Louisa Sladen. Another standout was my dissertation tutor, Liz Jensen, who gave me remarkably good and detailed feedback, and the lovely people in my writing workshops. I'm really glad I came to Kingston.

"Once I finished my master's I returned to my home country, Ireland, where I write and live by the water. I started writing a fantasy novel for young adults, titled 'The Demon's Lexicon', whilst at Kingston which has since been signed by Simon & Schuster. It was actually on the advice of one of my tutors there that I rewrote the first chapter!

"The book is set in modern-day London, where a 16 year old boy has to deal with killer ravens, amorous succubi, his complicated relationship with his brother and the consequences of his mother's affair with an evil magician..."

The Demon's Lexicon was the first in the 'Demon's Trilogy'; it was succeeded by The Demon's Covenant and The Demon's Surrender.

 

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This course is taught at Penrhyn Road

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