Course studied: MA Writing for Young People
Graduating year: 2009
Jim Carrington graduated from MA Writing for Young People in 2009. His first novel, Inside My Head, was published in April 2010.
I chose to do the MA in Writing for Young People as I had been writing for a long time and felt that I needed to work with other writers in order to improve. I looked at a couple of creative writing courses and got a good feeling about this MA at Bath Spa. I visited the campus on an open day, and as soon as I got into the grounds and saw the stream, the livestock and the castle I knew it would be a great place to study. When I came for my interview and met some of the staff, I knew that I would get a lot from the course. I was working as a teacher in London and I took a year out to do the course.
I particularly liked the workshops, and I think I learned a lot from my fellow students, who were very funny, welcoming and of course very gifted. It was a pleasure to work with them, and also with the tutors. I really enjoyed the publishing module. Being taught in a castle was pretty good, but best of all was the chance to work closely with a member of staff on writing my novel.
The extract of my novel that appeared in the course anthology caught the attention of the editorial director at Bloomsbury Children's books. My first novel, Inside My Head, was published in April 2010 and my next novel, In The Bag in February 2011. I have continued working part-time as a teacher, and without doing this MA I don't think that I would have a novel in the shops right now. The course taught me how to improve my writing, and gave my writing the exposure that helped secure a publishing deal.
"I visited the campus on an open day, and as soon as I got into the grounds and saw the stream, the livestock and the castle I knew it would be a great place to study."