A while ago Judith Heneghan posted something on Twitter – I can’t remember exactly what it was now – but it made me really miss being at college and studying for my MA. It wasn’t just the brilliant friends I’d made or the totally supportive critiques they gave. It wasn’t even the lectures and speakers. It was all of those, plus the driving impetus of having to produce some words every week and doing so as part of a writing community. I sent a tweet back, suggesting she set up a group or forum where graduates of Winchester’s Writing for Children MA could get in touch and maybe even meet up every once in a while. We both thought it was a great idea but, between the University and the Writing Festival, she couldn’t contribute more than support, encouragement and a few email addresses.
That’s how it started. I set up a closed Facebook group and called it Ex-Machina (EX-MA CHildren In Absentia) – probably not the best name, but it was all I could come up with at short notice. There seem to be some quite unusual groups with the same name. Oops! I added all the people I knew on Facebook who had completed the course and emailed the people Judith had suggested. A couple of posts later we are up to 16 members without really trying.
So – did you graduate from the University of Winchester with an MA in Writing for Children? Would you like to be in touch with other people who did the same course? If you are on Facebook, please ask to join us. If you avoid social media, please contact me via this blog and I’ll add you to an irregular email update.
I hope to make contact with some more of you over the coming months. Writing doesn’t need to be a solitary occupation.