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Laura

Dietz

United States of America
What I learned at NTU was essential for becoming a novelist. It helped me develop the skills to complete a novel and manoeuvre in the market...

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Laura Dietz was born in Minneapolis in 1976. She studied English and sciences at Stanford University. By moving to England in 1999, she completed the return leg of a trip her family began in 1620. Her work includes themes of science, self-image and nature versus nurture - inspired in part by her experiences as an identical twin. She's received awards from the New Writing Partnership and Arts Council, England. Her first novel, In the Tenth House, is published by Crown (Random House). Her novel in progress, The Spells for Going Forth By Day, concerns antiquities fraud in 1906 Egypt. As director of the MA in Creative Writing at Anglia Ruskin University, she lectures on fiction and the history of the novel. She lives in Cambridge with her husband.

"I applied to one MA programme. I had written for years, and taken undergraduate fiction classes at Stanford, but wanted to work my way from short stories to a novel. A consulting job in California was not the place to do it. On paper, NTU had the curriculum, environment, and philosophy I wanted - fortunately, it had all of those in real life too.

"What I learned at NTU was essential for becoming a novelist. It helped me develop the skills and discipline to complete a novel, but also to manoeuvre in the market. I met wonderful writers among the students, some of whom are still close friends. It would have been much more difficult to find an agent and publisher without the continued support from my tutors. And I've found an MA from NTU to have real currency in the academic world - mine helped me enormously in landing a faculty post."

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