Kingston Connections 2013

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Kingston Connections starts in The Rose Theatre Kingston today. An exciting collaboration between the university, Royal Borough of Kingston, The Rose and Creative Youth, we are offering a heady mixture of dance, talks, poetry, theatre, music, writing workshops, science discussions. There’s even the chance to be part of a psychology experiment. Come along and join in!

Highlights today include a talk on genes (10:30am), a poetry reading (12:00pm) and a free workshop on self-publishing (5:30pm).

The full programme (as a PDF) and booking information is available on the Rose Theatre website.

MFA lecturers, tutors and writers in residence to be featured include:

Monday, 24 June 2013, 3:30-5:30pm, Rose Theatre – novelists Adam Baron & James Miller in conversation. Why Do You Write?

Tuesday, 25 June 2013, 12:00-1:00pm, Rose Theatre – poet Jane Yeh reads with Emily Berry.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013, 6:00-7:00pm, Rose Theatre – author Courttia Newland discusses how he has used his own life in his fiction. Life Writing: A Life in Fiction: autobiography and the novel. **Editor’s note: We regret to announce that Courttia’s talk has been cancelled. There are still lots of great events on this week, though, so get thee to Kingston!

Kingston students, alumni and staff can get free or reduced admission to most events!

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Congratulations to Dr. Scott Bradfield!

No Dead White Men and the students of the 2012/2013 MFA in Creative Writing cohort are thrilled to announce that our course leader, Dr. Scott Bradfield, was the recipient of a Student-led Learning and Teaching Award, last night. Scott won the Excellence in Course Development Award for all his hard work on the MFA in Creative Writing. Scott received over 20 student nominations commending his teaching, feedback, student support skills and the enthusiasm that he applies to his teaching on the BA, MA and MFA programs. The awards committee, however, were so impressed by the picture painted of the MFA program that they created a special award to recognize the amazing opportunities Scott has initiated, supported or continued for the course.

This is the first year that Kingston has had Student-led Learning and Teaching Awards. Almost 300 nominations were received, so to have won is a great honour and shows just what a brilliant job Scott does. A panel of Kingston University Students’ Union students and course representatives, and staff from the Academic Development Centre and other areas of the university sifted through all the nominations and then decided on the finalists and winners.

The event was held at the Holiday Inn by the Thames in Surbiton and included dinner and musical entertainment provided by KU music students. Winners of both student representative and staff awards, finalists and student nominees were in attendance.

After being presented with his award, Scott attributed much credit and thanks to all his colleagues in FASS and in the Creative Writing department saying that the MFA program had been created and strengthened by them all. He paid particular tribute to the work of David Rogers, Karen Lipsedge, Andrew Teverson, Adam Baron, the administrative staff who run the program and all the staff who teach on the modules and supervise dissertations.

Highlights of the MFA program at Kingston University include:

  • The opportunity to earn a PGCLTHE qualification to teach in higher education
  • The opportunity to get in-classroom teaching experience as a graduate teaching assistant
  • Weekly writing workshops in support of the dissertation
  • A module on advanced critical reading for writers
  • A module on arts employability, including the option to initiate and run a community project
  • Series of workshops on teaching from some of the top writers at Kingston University
  • The MFA Residency series where Scott brings in writers from across the UK and the top MFA programs in the US to run workshops on teaching and writing, give public readings and work with students in one-on-one tutorials. This is an opportunity not available through any other MFA program in the UK or US.
  • Personal tutorials with a top writer in support of the dissertation
  • This fantastic blog
  • An annual publication, Writings…, that compiles all MFA students’ work and a formal launch event
  • Scott’s boundless enthusiasm, his personal support and his desire to always improve the program

All this is to leave out how great a teacher Scott is, though. Here are some thoughts from his MFA students on his teaching:

I think of two things when I think of Scott:
“The boy is in a kicking situation with the ball”
“Just write the next sentence.”
I initially heard both of these gems back in 2008, the first year of my BA. I have carried these statements with me ever since and expect to continue to derive new insights from them in the years to come
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‘Scott teaches with a combination of straightforward constructive criticism, humour and humility. As a student in his class I genuinely feel like my time is valuable to him, and he wants to do everything possible to help me succeed. In the MFA, this has meant bringing in some of the best creative writing tutors and authors from the UK and beyond, bending over backwards to make sure each of us gets enough private tutorials to ensure we are receiving the widest variety of feedback on our work. He is also continually asking for our feedback on how to develop the course further, what would make it better, etc. His constant pursuit to make the MFA as successful as possible is what makes him a fantastic course leader and lecturer.’

‘Scott doesn’t care if you’re writing high brow literary fiction or commercial fantasy romance. His goal is to make your writing better, one sentence at a time.’

‘Scott isn’t even my dissertation supervisor, but he’s still invested in my work and takes the time to help me.’

‘Every time I think [Scott] is wrong about something, I try to do it my way and then realise that he’s right.’

‘I was in a tutorial with one of my students the other day and found myself saying to her all the things that Scott has said to me. I hope I’m as supportive, inspiring, challenging and encouraging as he is.’

As his students, we want to thank Scott for all his hard work over the past two years. It has not gone unnoticed and we are very grateful for all the time and energy he puts into the program, into us and into our writing.

Congratulations!

Dave

Find out more about the awards and see all the finalists and winners here.

Athens International Creative Writing Summer School

Ever fancied a life of travel and writing? Well some of our MFA teachers will be living that life this summer and you can too. Kingston Writing School and the British Council are proud to announce the International Creative Writing Summer School in Athens, Greece from 17 June – 13 July 2013. This program of two and four week sessions are open to everyone. Download the application here.

MFA tutors who will be teaching are: Rachel Cusk, Jane Yeh, Fiona Sampson, James Miller, Jonathan Barnes and Adam Baron. Additionally, other sessions will be led by Siobhan Campbell, Paul Perry and Todd Swift who all teach at Kingston University and supervise dissertations. You can find out more about the tutors by clicking on the links to their author profiles or by visiting the staff page of the Kingston Writing School website.

Athens International Creative Writing School

 

Access the invitation as a PDF here.

Find out more on the British Council website or on the Kingston Writing School website.

 

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