Gold-Hatted Gatsby? Really?

“Many writers, including F Scott Fitzgerald, TS Eliot and Kingsley Amis, have needed substantial help to complete their best-known work. Before Fitzgerald’s editor intervened, The Great Gatsby was to be named Gold-Hatted Gatsby. How different literary history could have been.”

Matthew Wright, The Guardian

As you know my online creative writing school ( runs courses for beginner and emerging writers. After they leave us, many of our students go on to take their writing further and that can include doing a creative writing degree. This can be costly emotionally and  financially (nowadays up to £9,000 a year) and not even lead to the Holy Grail of publication.  However, if you are thinking about doing a CW degree, and there are many great and good writers before you that have, check out *Danuta Kean’s excellent blog post on the subject:

It really is worth the read –  as are the comments, which are from MA students and tutors alike and refreshingly honest! Be great to hear what you think of her post and if  it’s persuaded you to apply for an MA or not – and why?

*Who is Danuta Kean? This is what she says about herself on her blog:

“I am an expert in publishing, as well as books editor for Mslexia, the magazine for women writers. I write about how to get published, marketing and trends. My work appears widely in the national media, including the Financial Times, Independent on Sunday, Daily Mail and the Author. I am a regular on the festival circuit and for the past five years have taught unpublished novelists on the acclaimed MA in Creative Writing at Brunel University.”

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