Course studied: MA Writing for Young People
Graduating year: 2007
Elen Caldecott became a published author, after graduating from Bath Spa University's Writing for Young People MA.
I chose to do the MA in Writing for Young People primarily to gain confidence in my writing. The course had been highly recommended by a friend and the specialisation in writing for young people was also important, very few universities offered it at the time. The course is also highly regarded in the field.
The setting at Bath Spa is idyllic, and very conducive to writing, whilst the support from the tutors was great. I have stayed in touch with fellow graduates and we have been able to support each other as our careers develop.
Gaining this Master's qualification has led directly to me being taken on by an agent who then sold my work. My career may well not have begun without the course. Since finishing the course in 2007 my first novel has been published with Bloomsbury in January 2009. I now work part-time at a cinema with writing taking up the rest of my time.
"Gaining this Master's qualification has led directly to me being taken on by an agent who then sold my work. My career may well not have begun without the course."