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Canadian author discusses writing with postgraduate students

Published: 10 December 2013

Catherine Brunelle, a graduate of the University of Southampton’s MA in Creative Writing, has returned to the campus to talk to current students about the life of a writer.

She has just published her first book The Adventures of Claire Never Ending, the story of nine generations of women who share the middle name of Claire.

“Studying at Southampton was definitely my favourite university experience,” she says. “Spending a whole year concentrating on writing with the opportunity to connect with other writers was so valuable. Writing can be a lonely experience but I found reading out and sharing my work gave me a great deal of confidence.”

Many of the questions at Catherine’s talk dealt with the practicalities of an author’s life, such as the technology she uses, the costs of publishing and the use of social media in promotion. She used the Kickstarter crowdfunding website to finance her book which is now on sale through outlets such as Amazon. Catherine and her husband have now moved back home to Canada where she is a frequent blogger and ghostwriter as well as a novelist.

Teaching Fellow in English and Creative Writing Rebecca Smith was delighted that Catherine was able to come back to Southampton. “We were pleased to welcome her to the campus and hear about how her skills and talents have developed since she graduated in 2008. Her visit has been an inspiration to the next generation of creative writing students.” 


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