Students at graduation

'I have realised my ambition of becoming a published writer'

- Rebecca F John


'Choosing to study at Swansea University was an easy decision for me.  I live in Swansea, and the city feels like home.  I love the proximity to the sea; the ease with which you can reach the countryside; the artistic enthusiasm evident in the area.  More importantly though, having researched various Creative Writing courses across the country, I knew the department was strong.  As I was determined to fulfil my ambition of becoming a published writer, I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to study with respected writers such as Stevie Davies, Nigel Jenkins, Fflur Dafydd, and Jon Gower.

During my time at Swansea, high quality lectures and intensive workshops honed my knowledge and writing skills.  The workshops were the real selling point of the course for me, as they provided us with a wonderful opportunity to analyse and criticise our own writing and that of our peers, with expert facilitation from practicing writers.  I loved these workshops and decided to enhance the essential editorial and critical skills I learnt therein by studying for an MA in Creative Writing. 

Having graduated with a 1st Class Honours BA in English and Creative Writing, and a Distinction at MA level, I have since realised my ambition of becoming a published writer, with a short story collection published in 2015 and a novel forthcoming in 2017.  I have also completed a PCGE PCET, which qualifies me to lecture in Creative Writing. 

Moving forward, I am currently working on a second novel, with the assistance of a Literature Wales Writers Bursary, and hope that I will be able to continue publishing new work for a long time.  I am also hoping to return to Swansea University this coming autumn to begin studying for a Creative Writing PhD with extremely talented writer Francesca Rhydderch.  I have my fingers firmly crossed.'

- Rebecca F John

"I graduated from Swansea University with a BA in English Literature and went on to take the postgraduate qualification of a CELTA, also at Swansea University. Once a qualified TEFL teacher I was offered a position in Hong Kong for 14 months. I finished my teaching contract and then travelled around South East Asia. Now back in the Uk I am looking for a teaching position in Australia. My degree has been invaluable to me and without it I wouldn't have any of the experiences I have been fortunate to have found. It gave me access to a postgraduate qualification which is universally recognised and it offers me a means of making a living wherever I am."

- Jennifer Elliott

“My Postgraduate studies in the English Department at Swansea University allowed me to make time to concentrate on my creative writing. A couple of the short stories that I drafted during my course have been redrafted and included in my first collection, The Art of Contraception. The longer fiction of my dissertation, magically supervised by Prof. Stevie Davies, grew to become my novella Arrivals, also in my debut collection, and an e-book of its own right. My poetry and screenwriting classes have made a big impact on my working practice today as a member of Swansea Film-maker's Collective, I teach digital film-making to community groups for Swansea Telly and work on short creative films for the project”.

- Susie Wild is an MA in Creative Writing Graduate from the UK who is employed as a writer, journalist and editor.

"I studied BA English with Creative Writing and MA English at Swansea University, and I now work at Discovery, the student volunteering charity based on campus. I am also a volunteer project coordinator with the same organisation, and run a monthly project for children from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds. Having studied English has been incredibly advantageous in these roles, partially because my degrees have provided me with a good command of both written and spoken English. This enables me to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes. Throughout my studies, I also gained skills in presenting material to a group, which is particularly useful in my current job, where I am responsible for delivering induction training to new volunteers. My Masters degree in particular taught me how to manage my own workload, which is an ability I have been very thankful for in the workplace!

Aside from equipping me with practical skills, my English degrees have been influential in the way in which they nurtured my interest in other people and cultures. The discussion of social inequalities inspired by the literature I encountered on my degree courses was partly what drew me towards the kind of work I am now doing in both my paid and voluntary roles with Discovery. Similarly, it was through my degree that I became interested in feminism, which has led to me having a committee position in the Swansea Feminist Network, a local activist group."

- Kirsty Rowles