I’m thrilled to officially announce that I’ve been accepted on to an MFA in Creative Writing.

It’s been some time since I finished my first draft of a novel, and editing the thing has been quite the process. It’s required structure, discipline and that thing that writers crave but never seem to have enough of: time.

I received my acceptance from the University of Southern Maine (USM) last month for their prestigious low residency/remote Creative Writing MFA: Stonecoast. It was an honour.

After I graduated from Cardiff University, I dreamed about traveling to the States to do this more than a decade ago, but life and the sheer financial weight of it got in the way. Now I’m a United States resident, I can actually complete my Masters, the terminal writing degree (and hopefully, finally, my novel) in the fine company of famous authors, seasoned teachers and creative peers.

Very, very lucky and very, very thankful to everyone who encouraged me to apply.