After becoming a full- time carer for a relative, I decided that I wanted to start writing again, initially as an outlet, but I soon realised I wanted to study the craft in greater depth and write something that others could read and enjoy.
To celebrate the end of the term and the upcoming Christmas break, students from the Playwriting module for the Creative and Professional writing course took a trip to Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre to see the new play … If We’ve Never Been To The Moon?
People often assume that if you do a degree in Creative and Professional Writing you are going to write a novel. I may have had some mild aspirations of that nature in Year One, but with each new module my vision of the future morphed with new and exciting possibilities – “definitely going to write plays…actually I fancy screenwriting…no a radio writer…definitely”. But conversations with a tutor around Life Writing and a visit to UCL took me down a completely different path. University can open up doors to experiences never imagined or expected.
I chose to study literature, like a lot of lit students I suppose, because I love reading. The course didn’t disappoint. The rather dire student loan situation aside, getting funded to love reading full-time, surrounded by like-minded people in an environment geared specifically to facilitate us, is a unique experience. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at university, and will probably miss it for the rest of my life.