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Dr David Rogers
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Kingston University
Penrhyn Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 2EE

Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 2283
Email: d.rogers@kingston.ac.uk

Alumni

We value our past students as much as our current ones and celebrate their successes. They remain a vital part of the Kingston Writing School.

What our alumni say

"I moved to Goa to begin work on my second novel while using my MA thesis to get a literary agent. Not only did I find a literary agent within two months of moving but he also got me a book deal with one of the largest Indian publishers to develop my novella-sized thesis into a full-length novel. Besides that, I write travel pieces for the Times of India weekend supplement and have my own monthly column in our state newspaper which has a readership of about 60,000. I divide my time between London and Goa at the moment, fitting in a lot of other travel in between. My novel is due out in the autumn."

Jessica Faliero
Creative Writing MA

What our alumni say

Photograph of Louise Voss

"Being a writer, I have discovered, is a long-term commitment that varies in intensity - or perhaps a chronic ailment that varies in severity, I'm not sure! It's certainly hard to be as committed to the cause when you are a parent with a full-time day job (I have been the Collegiate Music Administrator at Kingston University since 2006).

"For six years before that, I was self-employed, and fortunate enough to make a good living out of the written word: I had four novels published by Transworld/Black Swan. But after my publishing deal wasn't renewed and I started work at Kingston, I found it increasingly difficult to find the time to write regularly. I had met some of the Creative Writing staff at the University after teaching an undergraduate writing workshop module, made the decision to take an MA in the subject here. Fortunately, I was able to do it part-time over two years in order to fit in with my work commitments.

"I've always worked better to deadline, so the MA did the trick - I started writing again, managed to complete two-thirds of a new novel, and was extremely chuffed when I received a Distinction in the process! I enjoyed the mental stimulation of the classes, and the feedback on my work. I made some good friends and contacts, too, who have been very supportive along the way."

"If you are serious about writing, it's always far better to be part of a community of like-minded folk - and Kingston University's writing community is a strong, enthusiastic and friendly one."

Read about Louise's success:

Louise Voss
Creative Writing MA

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