Work by West Dean MFA alumni Cherie Lubbock

MA Creative Writing & Publishing 2020 - 2011

Suzie Wilde


What do you consider your biggest achievement to date?

Completing The Book of Bera trilogy that was only intended to be a standalone thesis for the MA.

Talk us through your career path since graduating.

Getting an agent, losing an agent, being published by Unbound.

Helping other authors start writing or get better in workshops and events such as Borders Book Festival.

What projects are you currently working on?

A romantic novel, after a Curtis Brown Creative course with Jenny Colgan and then Marian Keyes, because I love humour.

Do you have any tips for recent graduates?

Press on, finish the first draft, and the book is in the edit. It’s not about fame or fortune so consider how to fund your writing.

How do you think studying at West Dean College prepared you for what you do now?

It was a wonderful environment in which to be aspirational, with excellent colleagues and tutor Greg Mosse gave us all the tools with which to succeed.

What's your favourite memory from your time at the College?

Sunlight pouring into our workroom, with the smell of real coffee brewing and an atmosphere of total, productive creativity.

Did you have a different career before coming to West Dean? If so why did you change career paths?

Many, including teaching and painting, but I ‘ve always written and wanted to get published.


Find out more about the MA Creative Writing & Publishing programme.

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