Rebecca studies BA (Hons) Creative Writing
‘Creative writing is a hobby that I have wanted to turn into a career.’
Creative writing is a hobby that I have wanted to turn into a career. I'd been interested in studying for a degree for a few years but had only found distance learning courses in creative writing so when Teesside, my local university, had a creative writing course on offer I was interested.
The course covers lots of literature so it’s very easy to find texts for assignments. The creative modules are fantastic. I enjoy writing on a weekly basis and I get valuable feedback on my work to help with future assignments. The more study heavy modules such as Romantics to Realism and Critical Practice, give me the opportunity to read classic literature, develop critical analysis and research skills.
The different spaces in the library – the group areas, individual work stations, silent floor – give me varied options depending on how I need to study. I have mostly needed e-books so being able to access them anywhere on and off campus is very useful.
The gym is also great as can go before class starts.
Middlesbrough itself has some good restaurants when I feel like taking a break.
It was in my first year that I took on both roles. The ambassador role allowed me to talk to prospective student on applicant visit days. As a course rep I was able to discuss the course with both my peers and the academic staff, this in particular has helped me gain confidence.
To work as a children's author. I have projects that I am working on and improving with the skills I'm gaining through my course.
I would recommend the creative writing course. It’s well structured and gives a more traditional look at literature with plenty of different study options, as well as providing freedom to be more creative and produce original work.
My advice would be to make sure you take advantage of the University open days and applicant visit days, visit Teesside and speak to some of the students/lecturers.