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Meraymi Ibrahim

Meraymi studied the Undergraduate Diploma in Creative Writing in 2017


I moved from the Middle East back to the UK in pursuit of education. I have always wanted to be a writer, but lacked the guidance, criticism and freedom to express myself to the max. Every month I make the four-hour journey down from the North West, to attend classes at ICE. I am hoping when I complete my Creative Writing Diploma to apply to more writing courses, as everything and everyone I have met during my time at Madingley have been so valuable. I plan to switch from a career in law to journalism and eventually write short stories and a novel.



Peter Newton

Peter has studied numerous Creative Writing qualifications at ICE since 2014, most recently the Undergraduate Diploma in Creative Writing: Advanced Non-Fiction


When I retired, I was determined to keep seeking out serious intellectual stimulation and show my six grandchildren that although my hair may be grey, my mind is just as capable as it always was. As such, through ICE I’ve completed several short courses, a Diploma in International Development and, most recently, a Certificate in Creative Writing. The Institute doesn’t compromise in its pursuit of the highest standards and the courses are filled with interesting, committed people of all ages from many different cultures. Studying at ICE has sharpened me up, reignited dormant interests and given me a context in which to learn new tricks. Who wouldn’t want that?



Ruby Keane

Ruby studied the Master of Studies in Creative Writing in 2019



This is my dream course in my dream location. As an ex-president of Cambridge Footlights, writing and performing are my real passions, so I loved the idea of studying Creative Writing at Madingley Hall. The residential periods mean students get to know each other very quickly and form a supportive community. It’s great to be exposed to so many different voices. The tutors and guest speakers were all published writers who could provide invaluable information, not just about the craft of writing but the admin and publishing too. I’m happy to have immersed myself in genres I never thought I’d like. This year I’m looking forward to performing my debut one-woman comedy show at the Edinburgh Fringe.



Munib Haroon

Munib is studying the Master of Studies in Creative Writing


Beginning with baby steps – a couple of weekend courses and then a longer one online – ICE has allowed me to work up to studying for an MSt in a subject (creative writing) completely different to the one I first studied at University, whilst also affording me the freedom to continue working as a doctor in the NHS. Having a foot in two absorbing and contrasting camps feels like I get to have my cake and eat it; an apt expression given how time at Madingley Hall always offers a mixture of food for thought and outstanding desserts.



Jill Damatac

Jill is studying on the Master of Studies in Creative Writing


Having spent my ‘university years’ building up professional experience, I’m late to higher education. I’m so glad programmes like this exist, allowing for growth and exploration no matter where you are in life. I chose this master’s to sharpen my writing and critical thinking skills. I’m also hoping to make progress on a book idea – the course has been so inspiring for this. I love the quality of teaching, the amazing support staff, and being immersed in the subject. The beautiful grounds don’t hurt, either! I’ve found more confidence in my own writing here and am submitting coursework for publication. I’ve already had one story published – fingers crossed for the others!



Judy Reith

Judy studied on the Undergraduate Certificate in Creative Writing: Creative Non-Fiction in 2019


I left school with 2 A-levels and no hope of going to University, but since then, I’ve had 20 years as a successful parenting and life coach. I’ve written a number of parenting books and taken courses at ICE before, but I wanted to take this qualification ahead of writing a new book about my own parents. I hope to boost my skills to become a more courageous writer and spend time discovering other genres. I really enjoy learning and laughing with inspiring fellow students of all ages and backgrounds. It also feels great keeping up with people who have far more academic qualifications than I.



Filo de la Llata

Filo has studied several Creative Writing courses at ICE, the latest being the Undergraduate Diploma in Creative Writing: Advanced Non-Fiction


In my opinion, ICE may be the best place to improve the creative writing skills required for a successful writing career. The content of the first certificate I studied was excellent, so I’m building on that with a diploma. The teaching staff are always available for help and advice, and the feedback I get and the people I’ve met have had a really positive influence on my skills. The support has also improved my success as the founder of a publishing company. Taking classes at Madingley Hall is such a memorable experience. I can only recommend anyone interested in enhancing their writing skills to study here at ICE.



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