We recently spoke to current BA (Hons) Creative Writing student about why she fell in love with Leeds Arts University, the writers who inspire her and what it is like to study on the course...

What made you choose BA (Hons) Creative Writing at Leeds Arts University, tell us about what drew you to the course?

I was heavily involved with the library at sixth form and was part of the creative writing group. I was encouraged to pursue creative writing at degree level after I studied triple science at sixth form and wanted to further my studies in a subject that was more creative.

When I came for my interview, I fell in love with the University and the feeling it gave off. I was really drawn to the practical and experimental elements that the course offered, so I decided to come here.

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What does a typical day/week as a BA (Hons) Creative Writing student involve?

Due to personal circumstances, I’ve had to study from home over the past year. I attend sessions three days a week which could be either a lecture, seminar or a workshop. I then spend a further two days working on anything that needs to be submitted. No two days are the same and the teaching staff, as well as any visiting professionals, give us the tools and the encouragement to grow our own unique writing voice.

Could you tell us about what writers and creators inspire you, for example, is there something that you are currently reading that is feeding into some of the work you are doing?

I take a lot of inspiration from Japanese culture, Sanrio anime characters, pastel and kid-core aesthetics - particularly in character design. I’m also heavily influenced by current events in my work. Creators that inspire me are Boris Starling, who wrote the novel Messiah and the screenwriter Lizzie Mickery who brought the novel to TV. Also, Mary Krohnert who has a range of talents including acting, writing and is a trained art therapist, I've actually had the pleasure of attending her virtual art hives.

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How does the University support you?

The University supports me by providing pastoral support, particularly with personal circumstances that I’ve faced. They’ve helped with setting up collaboration opportunities, visiting professionals and workshops to help me get started in the professional writing world.

What makes Leeds a good place to study?

For me, Leeds is a good place to study because of the easy travel link from my hometown to Leeds. And the large writing community and opportunities I have access to, which aren’t available at home.

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