Astonishing creative writing success for staff and students
24th October 2012
Last week saw an amazing succession of news about the Schools many creative writers.
Sarah Quinn, a Creative Writing MA student, is the author of one of twelve entries to have been has been shortlisted for the Impress Prize 2012. Her short story, entitled Where Skateboards Go To Die, was one of hundreds of entries this year.
Sarah told us about the process of writing the book before and after the start of the MA:
I had this idea for this novel before I started the MA but it was through the support of the school that I was able to turn it into something coherent! I have worked on this story throughout the course and although the original idea hasalways remained, the actual story has morphed as I learned more about how to writeauthentic characters, engaging plot and realistic dialogue.
Sarah finds out the results of the prize in lateNovember and we wish her every success.
We would also like tocongratulate fellowCreative Writing MA student CatherineHummel who recently won the HG Wells Festival Prize. Catherine, who writes under the pseudonym Hummel C. Addams, won for her short story Beneath.Congratulations Catherine!
Earlier this week it was also announced that Roopa Farooki (a new Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing) has been long listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2013 for her fifth novel The Flying Man. This is the second time that the novel has attracted attention this year as Roopas novel was also long listed for this years Orange Prize. The aim of the DSC prize is to bring South Asian writing to a new global audience and to celebrate the achievements of South Asian writers. Congratulations Roopa!