Kirsten McDougall (Writing for the Page, 2004)

If you are serious about your writing then this is one of the best courses you can do to help develop your understanding and practice.

Kirsten writes: 'What better than to be able to sit and talk about writing with ten other literature-obsessed people in a room with a view? (An excellent view at that – the city of Wellington and its harbour, the long ridged back of the Orongorongo ranges, and the changing cherry blossom tapping on the window. I mention the view because it remains a strong part of my memory of that year). The Masters programme gave my classmates and myself a year to talk, argue and pick fine points about books we liked and those we didn’t. We paid the same fine attention to each other’s writing. We encouraged each other. If you are serious about your writing then this is one of the best courses you can do to help develop your understanding and practice of writing.'

Bio: Kirsten McDougall was born in 1974 and grew up in Wellington and Masterton. She was educated at Victoria University of Wellington, graduating in 2004 with a Masters in Creative Writing. She has had writing published in Sport, Turbine and Big Weather: Poems of Wellington (2nd edition). Kirsten was a winner of The Long and the Short of It short story competition in 2011, in which her story ‘Clean hands save lives’ won first prize in the short section. She lives in Wellington with her partner and two children. Her first book, The Invisible Rider, was published by Victoria University Press in 2012. It was included in the NZ Listener's top fiction picks for that year and was Kate De Goldi's top book for 2012 on Kim Hill's Saturday Morning radio show.

Kirsten received the 2013 Louis Johnson New Writers' Bursary towards writing a new novel.

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