Catherine Lloyd

MA Creative Writing

Catherine Lloyd

I was looking for three things: the discipline of writing with a specific focus on a weekly basis, an atmosphere which facilitated constructive criticism among fellow writers and teaching which challenged me to leave my comfort zone

When I considered doing a Masters in Creative Writing I was looking for three things: the discipline of writing with a specific focus on a weekly basis, an atmosphere which facilitated constructive criticism among fellow writers and teaching which challenged me to leave my comfort zone. Studying at Brookes has met all of these needs.

I study part-time, to fit in with my paid work and doing the Masters has helped me keep writing to the forefront of my mind, when it could so easily be swallowed up by the day job. As someone who writes both prose and poetry, the course has provided ample choice and the Changing Literature module, in particular, encouraged me to look at a fascinating range of texts from a new perspective and, as a result, to write in ways which I had not previously envisaged. I have been encouraged to explore unfamiliar forms in poetry and this has given a new energy to my own use of structure. Having already published a novella and short stories, I have now embarked on a novel and am benefitting greatly from the Narrative module, particularly concerning voice.

It can be hard persevering with writing alongside earning a living, but my tutors and fellow students have provided the encouragement, structure and safety net which have kept me going!

Under the pen-name Catherine Chanter, Catherine has had a number of recent literary successes. She first achieved a double distinction at the 2010 Yeovil Poetry Competition, scooping both first and third prizes, and is also celebrating the publication of her novella Rooms of the Mind by Cinnamon Press (October 2010).