"I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for my lecturer’s encouragement…"
I graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2011 with a BA (hons) in English and rolled straight on to studying for an MA in Creative Writing: Writing for Children on a part-time, online course whilst I relocated from Lancashire to Leicestershire.
My first role following my undergraduate degree was a Governance Assistant at North Warwickshire and Hinckley College, which taught me essential professional skills and gave me a platform to utilise my academic skills when clerking for Governor’s meeting for the college, Midlands Academy Trust and several individual academies.
Since completing my MA in Creative Writing, I have commenced an exciting and creative venture as a Freelance Writer and Writing Consultant: offering my services as a writer, editor and creative advisor, commissioning creative pieces and facilitating creative workshops, academic support and professional tuition.
Studying for both my degrees, particularly my MA, were beneficial beyond just a qualification viewpoint. They shaped me into the person I am today, and gave me confidence and self-belief, which grades and feedback helped to reinforce. My talent for writing was unearthed at Manchester Met by one of my lecturers and now, as a creative writer, I know I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for her encouragement.
In addition to writing, I gained a number of skills throughout my degree. Behind the scenes of the finished written product there are vast amounts of research, writing, rewriting, editing and time management, all of which are encouraged and effectively taught at Manchester Met to ensure that each and every student gets the most out of their academic studies.
Never underestimate yourself. Try for every opportunity that interests you, believe in yourself and your knowledge, never give up, never stop trying and live life with valour. If there is not a particular career or opportunity that interests you, then create one!
Sherry Ashworth, the Creative Writing Lecturer at Manchester Met, who encouraged me to pursue the MA. Being around her passion and enthusiasm is truly inspiring. I was a mentor on the Portico Prize for Young Writers in 2010 and have had my work published in Timelines, Manchester Metropolitan’s anthology of historical short stories, both of which were alongside Sherry.
By nurturing a hidden talent I did not know I possessed, and actively encouraging me to pursue Creative Writing, Manchester Met allowed me to flourish from a young adult with an interest in literature to someone who can stand proud today as a professional writer. Thank you.