Maggie and Clare both came back to university after a long break, having graduated 25 and 40 years ago respectively. They have both just finished the first year of the taught part time MA in English and we asked them how they found returning to studying after such a long time.
My first book The Twelve Dates of Christmas (which I wrote whilst studying for my degree) will be out in Autumn next year.
I have always been a keen writer, and after writing my way through my teens, twenties and thirties, I realised this was probably not just a phase!
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?
Black History Month rooted from America and was first known to be ‘Negro History Week’. Created by Carter G. Woodson in 1926, this aimed to honour African Americans’ contribution towards US history. However, it was only in 1976 when it became a month-long celebration.
Student Leah Hockley (English Literature with Creative and Professional Writing) talks about her immersive play “First of the Feathers” on the Being Human Festival blog.
My visit to the Creative Industries Federation International Summit 2018 – Elizabeth Waterman-Scrase.
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 was nine when I first realised I wanted to be a writer. I distinctly remember receiving a Jacqueline Wilson Write-Your-Own-Novel kit for my birthday, and spent weeks writing a fantastical story about an all-girls Chelsea Football Club. Not my best work.