28 September 2015
Having an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London, two novels, poems published in anthologies, magazines and poetry journals, a collection of poetry published by Two Rivers Press and another collection on the way - Claire has plenty of insider knowledge to pass on. She said:
“About 25 years ago I did a creative writing evening class run by Reading University. It's nice to feel I have sort of come full circle and can now pass on to others what I have learned along the way.
“Being a writer is a fantastic job. It's hard and lonely at times and you need to develop a thick skin to deal with rejections, but the writing community is wonderful, it's packed with generous and talented people and I have made many great friends.”
Having previously run various creative writing classes and workshops at writers’ and literary festivals, Claire believes there’s nothing nicer than witnessing people put pen to paper and being pleased with what they've written:
“Being a writer hinges on having the confidence to say, ‘I can write’. We can all tell stories and part of being a creative writing tutor is to share with students the tools and techniques which can turn ‘I can write’ into ‘I am writing’.
“My first class with the college was great fun. It was wonderful to meet the group and to have them share their writing experiences with me. We looked at the memorable characters in fiction and then started building our own characters; the range and breadth of people who sprang up from the students’ imaginations was amazing!
“I hope that by the end of the course my students will have the confidence to say, ‘I am writing’ and to know that in order to write, all it takes is to sit down and write about the worlds and characters in their imagination that are already there and just waiting to come out.”
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