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Things are looking brighter…

on May 21, 2013

University of South WalesI received an email this week confirming that I’ve been accepted onto the Masters in Creative Writing at the University of South Wales. This is a part-time, distance learning, research degree which includes a creative writing project. Although my proposal still has to be passed by the Research Panel, I’m cracking on with ideas for the novel that will accompany the research. I’ll be investigating the child’s voice in adult fiction and putting together a manuscript written from a child’s viewpoint about the abduction of a sibling. I have to say a massive thank you to Carol McGrath who has offered considerable advice and support that has kept me focused and positive throughout the application process.

I am really excited about returning to study. The university only accepts eight students onto the course each year so I am fortunate to be one of them. Previous students include Emma Darwin (click here for Emma’s blog which is well worth a read) and Maria McCann.

Other good news is that I was successful in getting through the interview with an educational charity which will offer me the chance to work with schools on a part-time basis during 2013-14. I’m also building up my contacts with schools to deliver consultancy work and I’ve had some interest in a project that I wish to seek funding from the Arts Council to deliver.  All this activity means I’ve been incredibly busy and writing has taken something of a backseat. Now that I have a little free time, I will work on a piece of flash fiction to submit to the Bridport prize at the end of the month.  Other opportunities you might like to consider include:

What keeps you busy at the minute?

24 responses to “Things are looking brighter…

  1. Great news and looking forward to great things too. See you in a few days. The sun is writing too.

  2. Beryl says:

    Congratulations, Gail. I did a couple of short courses at Cardiff University and loved it. Jobwise sound good – you’ve got a great mix ahead.

  3. Kris Hallett says:

    Congratulations Gail – exciting times ahead!

  4. sophieduffy says:

    That’s brilliant, Gail. V. pleased for you. I think your proposal sounds spot on. Something I’m very interested in. Keep us posted x

  5. susancarey says:

    Congratulations, Gail! You must be so thrilled. As Sophie says, please keep us posted on developments.

  6. Congratulations Gail! I’m doing my MA with MMU at the moment, also part time and distance learning. It’s really enjoyable – can’t wait to hear more about your studies and your research x Jo

  7. That’s great. Gail. well done. I studied as a remote (and part-time) student at Trinity College Bristol and for sure it is not easy being away from the normal routine of course activities. I hope all goes well for you

  8. Laura Hogan says:

    Congrats! Sounds like you’ll be busy! 🙂

  9. Jo says:

    Congratulations Gail! What a wonderful direction to take. xx

  10. Pauline Howard says:

    I can only say “ditto” on all the above! Congratulations Gail

  11. Congratulations honey!!!!


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