Thursday, 18 December 2014
Establishing a career as a professional writer can be very challenging, but a former University of Worcester graduate is on the right path.
Jake Crowley has been working with Writing West Midlands, an independent charity, making contacts and developing his own skills, as well as those of other budding young writers. He has recently finished a selection of short Gothic and ghost stories as well as a poem based on myths and legends of the West Midlands.
Jake began volunteering with Writing West Midlands while he was still studying for his degree in English Literary Studies and Screenwriting. Two years after graduating, in 2012, he still helps with the Charity’s Write On! squad for young people, as well as assisting at major events, such as the Birmingham Literary Festival.
“The Write On! squad is aimed at those aged 6-15. We do writing workshops and develop their skills,” said 22-year-old Jake, from Halesowen. “I help out at the Birmingham branch on the first Saturday of every month and find it very rewarding to be able to help other young authors. There is not enough creative writing taught in schools and colleges, so this club gives those interested in learning more, that extra opportunity.”
Jake, a former student at Stourbridge College, said: “In addition, I have had the opportunity to work with many professional writers, which has really helped to develop my own skills.
“I have always wanted to be a professional writer and going to university gave me the chance to expand my skills. The degree was fantastic.
“I am now looking to do a Masters’ in writing and hopefully one day to be a successful, published author.”