Course studied: MA Writing for Young People
Graduating year: 2008
Gill Lewis is an author. Her books include Sky Hawk, White Dolphin, Moon Bear and Scarlet Ibis.
Gill's Bath Spa story
I chose to do this course as I have always loved writing for children and had previously found it difficult to enter the competitive children's publishing world. I particularly liked working with other dedicated children's writers with a passion for children's and young adult fiction.
The course enabled me to develop my manuscript, experiment with ideas in a safe environment and gain an insight into the publishing industry. All with the encouragement, guidance and advice from the great tutors who have direct experience of the publishing industry.
I chose Bath Spa University because of the reputation of the MA Writing for Young People course and found that the campus created the perfect atmosphere for children's writers.
Within a few months of finishing the course, I was fortunate enough to secure a children's literary agent and a publisher for my manuscript. The experience and knowledge gained during the MA course, and becoming part of a writing community, is invaluable to me and my career as a writer.
"The course enabled me to develop my manuscript, experiment with ideas in a safe environment and gain an insight into the publishing industry."