Congratulations to current creative writing student, Kit Norman, whose article Crayfish: as sweet by any other name was highly commended in the Travcom Award for Best New Travel Writer.
We asked Kit how his writing year is going….
What has surprised you about the learning this year?
Before the course I thought my writing was just writing, but as soon as the class did the first exercise we all realized what a range of styles were in the room.
Do you have a favourite genre?
I’ve written a couple of humorous pieces that were very fulfilling to complete. They were also some of the most difficult and time-consuming pieces that I attempted. Even in my more serious pieces I try to inject occasional sly humour. I am most comfortable writing food and travel magazine-style articles. The biggest surprise was when I became engrossed in writing a couple of pieces of biblical fiction.
How does reading influence you as a writer?
The more I read the more I appreciate the personalities and styles of various writers and that encourages me to be more adventurous with my own style.
What has been the most satisfying aspect of spending a year writing?
Being part of a group of supportive, like-minded writers who are all progressing in entirely different ways. Having encouraging tutors who keep prompting you to write but never throw you in the deep end—always building you up for the next exercise and taking the time to give you one-on-one feedback. Discovering and learning and liking new genres of writing that I knew nothing about. Producing a huge amount of writing—some experimental, some bad, but some that I am definitely proud of.
Where do you hope to go with your writing?
I would like to see my work published. I am self-publishing a couple of things on Amazon simply because I can. In print, I’m targeting magazines. This means that I have to think carefully about who might want to read my stuff rather than just writing for myself. I have always been a big reader but the main thing this course has shown me is I will always write.