New Year, New Opportunity

So, 2013 has kicked off in style. In last week’s post one of my aims for 2013 was to earn a full-time living as a writer by the end of the year. I became one step closer to that goal on Monday by being offered the position of a part-time lecturer at Bath Spa University (BSU), teaching the lifewriting class on the undergraduate Creative Writing course. Although the job offer came completely out of the blue, there is a reason behind it. A few years ago I studied for my MA in Creative Writing at BSU and was on the course with the very lovely and talented Emma Hooper who, until recently, had been teaching the lifewriting class. Emma put my name forward to the subject leader of the undergraduate Creative Writing faculty, Paul Meyer (who I happened to work with when I co-edited Sparks, the 2004-05 MA student’s anthology), and it was Paul who offered me the job. I of course said yes.

It was during the MA at BSU that I wrote much of The Butterfly Storm, the novel I will be publishing this year. The Exploration and Experiment workshop during the first semester was where I initially got the idea for my children’s novel and the entire year was an exploration of different styles of writing and ideas. There were novel writing workshops where we discussed and critiqued each others work-in-progress; weekly talks by visiting authors, agents and publishers; and classes where we discussed writing and gender, suspense fiction or the love story. The highlight, however, of my time on the MA was meeting other writers, both students and lecturers, and sharing our work and passion for writing.

The opportunity to be a part-time lecturer on the Creative Writing course at BSU is incredible. Not only is the Newton Hill campus a beautiful place to work, but I will be able to immerse myself in writing and books with like-minded people, just as I did during the MA. The only difference this time is I’ll be the one teaching.

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