Once upon a time, in a land not so faraway, a group of students gathered together every Monday lunchtime to create word magic, inspired by the reading of literary greats like Marlowe, Wharton, Orwell, Salinger and Plath.
As part of the ‘Creative Writing’ group, the students have embarked upon weeks of debating, collaborating, drafting and editing during which time they gained a valuable insight into the processes undertaken by professional writers. Eventually, final versions of poems, short stories and essays emerged, all of which were of outstanding quality. The students’ work has been entered into national competitions including the Tower Poetry Prize, the National Literacy Short Story Writer of the Year and Cambridge University Essay Competition in the hope of securing one of the prestigious titles.
Over the years, all three competitions have attracted innovative and passionate young writers who thrive on the opportunity to take learning beyond the classroom in their quest to establish their own literary voice. Entrants are held in high regard by the country’s leading universities and their extra-curricular writing is always a key point for discussion when being interviewed for a place on an English course. Everyone is keeping their fingers crossed for the results and hoping for an award.
The writers were a joy to work with and we wish them every success with their ambitions to become successful English graduates and perhaps even published authors. Thank you to Kathryn Owen from the English department for organising the enhancement and inspiring the students!