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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.

 

 


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, most recently the Undergraduate Diploma in Creative Writing: Advanced Non-Fiction in 2019.

 


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.

 

 


David Prosser

David has studied on a number of English Literature and Creative Writing courses at ICE, most recently the Undergraduate Certificate in English Literature in 2019.

 


I’m retired now, but I first arrived at ICE in 2008 as a Chartered Accountant – after a 27-year absence from education – having applied for a course on a whim. An epiphany followed, and to date, I’ve completed a dozen short courses, two Undergraduate Certificates and a Master’s degree. ICE has high-calibre tutors and staff, a beautiful learning environment… and stonking breakfasts. Since coming here to study, I’ve had short stories published, plays performed, and a short film garlanded with multiple awards. I’d had no idea I could write dramatically. By gaining a deeper understanding of literature and sharpening my critical mind, my latest course is helping me develop my creative writing even further.

 

 


Scott Andrew Christensen

Scott studied on our Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching Creative Writing in 2019.

 


Studying on the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching Creative Writing has opened the doors to new, deeper queries, incorporating both my personal creative writing pursuits and my professional development in the teaching field. The strength of guidance and resources available has been a really positive aspect, as has the opportunity to meet and study alongside like-minded students.

 

 


Toni-Ann Lagana

Toni-Ann has studied on our MSt Creative Writing and Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching Creative Writing

 


As a working professional, I really wanted to get my master’s degree, but I had to find a programme that suited my work schedule, so I could make a living while attending school. I was so thrilled once my research led me to the MSt in Creative Writing. I had such a great experience that I decided to continue my education even further and applied for the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching Creative Writing and had the same wonderful experience. On both occasions, I enjoyed the close-knit community that ICE cultures. I have been a television producer for over 10 years, but my main goal was to become a working writer in television. After graduating, I finally landed my first job as writer for a television show in the US and I’d like to think it was with the help of my studies at ICE.

 

 


Mark Galvin

Mark is studying on the Undergraduate Diploma in Creative Writing

 


By studying Creative Writing, I hope to grow and develop creatively. Coming from a Council estate in London, I didn’t feel I had the same access to higher education as some other young people, and I’ve had to work hard to get to the position I’m in today as a senior IT professional. Here at ICE, having the support of a knowledgeable tutor, a structured programme and a positive learning environment has been invaluable. I’ve been inspired by some excellent staff, the visiting authors and a diverse and talented group of fellow students. There’s something truly unique and uplifting about studying at Madingley Hall.

 

 


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