A life changing experience and huge achievements

Clare had suffered from mental health problems for a few years and was agoraphobic.  She started writing down thoughts about it; a bit of poetry, but knew little about it.  Clare saw an advertisement for the Book Communications New Writer Development programme, applied, and was really surprised to be taken on.

Before participating in the programme, Clare didn’t have confidence in her own opinions, and was drinking a lot.  Now she gets more of a buzz out of writing than she does drinking.  Clare is able to perform poetry in front of an audience – something that she had never considered would be possible before going on the course. 

All of the participants on the programme were given a basic grounding in poetry, fiction, writing for television, playwriting and journalism, as well as one-to-one tuition and introductions to industry contacts.  In addition, they acquired accounting and business skills.

Clare has had quite a bit of her work published, and has received her first payments for her work which she considers a huge achievement.  The programme has really helped her to connect with the rest of her life.
“The course has changed my life, even my psychotherapist says so!  It has transferred into other areas of my life as well, now I can take a taxi on my own”.



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