Course studied: MA Writing for Young People
Graduating year: 2008
Job: Publishing Officer/Author.
Claire J. Skuse is a published author. She completed an MA in Writing for Young People in 2008.
I was looking to do a recognised qualification in Writing for Children and chose Bath Spa as it was the only University near me that offered this course and it promised that by the end of the course I would have a book of publishable standard. I particularly liked the fact that it put me in touch with published authors and other students just as keen on writing books and seeking to get them published.
I also liked the workshop sessions as these were invaluable in obtaining feedback about my work and what I needed to do to make it better. At the risk of sounding gushy I liked everything about Bath Spa. Everyone I came into contact with on the MA was so helpful and encouraging. And of course the University being situated in such awe-inspiring surroundings made it a pleasure to attend class.
Since finishing the course I have obtained a job as Publishing Officer at The Chicken House, a children's book publisher. A few months after getting the job I plucked up the courage to ask them to read my manuscript, devised and honed on the MA, and they agreed to publish it in March 2010. I am releasing my second novel in March 2011.
I can honestly say that the MA has helped my career immeasurably. I'm sure it opened the door for me at Chicken House and I know I would not have realised my dream of being a published author without the skills I learned on it. Whenever I'm asked if I have any advice for budding children's writers, I always tell them to do the MA at Bath Spa, and if you really throw yourself in and try everything expected of you, you can't go far wrong.
"I can honestly say that the MA has helped my career immeasurably. I'm sure it opened the door for me at Chicken House and I know I would not have realised my dream of being a published author without the skills I learned on it."