Jane Gill

Genevieve Potter - 14th September 2017

Bauer Academy’s Making Creativity Work programme could not have come at a more serendipitous moment for me. One day when I was following a home study writing course, I’d come to a brick wall and started to lose the will to pursue my plan to establish myself as a Freelance Writer. It was while I was doing some research for the course that I happened to spot an advert for the programme, which is funded by the European Social Fund. I didn’t expect to get a place on the programme when I applied but I was pleasantly surprised to receive an email a few days later offering me a place. I quickly called my mother who kindly came to stay and look after my children.

I had no idea what to expect when I arrived for the first part of the course, which is a general introduction to working creatively and is designed to get creative juices flowing. The week involved a lot of radio experience, which was interesting and despite not being my ultimate career goal, it was fascinating to find out all about how radio production works.

As I intend to become a Freelance Writer, I badgered Bauer Academy until they let me have a place on their Creative Writing for Magazines course. When I arrived, the first thing I noticed was that the group was a good mix of people from different ethnic groups as well as from different walks of life. The tutor, Lucy Jolin, also had a wonderfully infectious enthusiasm.

The course began with ways to generate ideas and went on to cover how to analyse magazines and tailor your ideas to them. The course has been instrumental in boosting my confidence and proving that I am a good writer and I can succeed with hard work and determination. Making Creativity Work has given me the confidence to pursue my goal to work from home as a Freelance Writer.