More about Julie
"I wanted to study for my Masters in Creative Writing for five years before I made it to Nottingham Trent University. I was on the career track in New York City, working as Vice President at a public relations agency as well as working 12-14 hour days. Every Thursday night I took part in a creative writing workshop led by an English Professor at New York University. But my work schedule just did not allow for me to write as much as I wanted to.
"My dream was to take a year off and concentrate solely on writing, expanding my collection of short stories. NTU has an excellent reputation and Nottingham is a lovely city.
"The MA tutors are down-to-earth and understand the struggle and the paralysing doubts that new writers are faced with. They encourage a strong support base and our group quickly gelled, swapping stories outside of class, giving feedback, going to readings around Nottingham together.
I took Scriptwriting and Fiction for my two options. I was apprehensive as I have been out of university for ten years and wasn't sure I could write an academic-sounding essay anymore. Taking advantage of tutor sessions helped me revitalise my essay-writing skills and I ended the year with two distinctions on my final essays.
"One short story I submitted for Fiction class is now my first-novel-in-progress. Before NTU, I would have never had the guts to attempt a novel. Studying for my Masters has led to one of the most inspiring and successful years of my life. Before, I would shyly say that writing was a hobby. Now I say I am a writer."
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