A mature student from Edge Hill University and mum-of-two left her career as a legal secretary and is now chasing her dream of being a full-time writer.

Kate Wilson, originally from Wales but now living in Preston, was happy in her old job but had always secretly wanted to be a writer and wrote stories in her spare time. At the age of 29 she felt the time was right to follow her dream but worried that she wasn’t good enough for a university education.

She was encouraged to visit Edge Hill by a friend who had studied there, and after visiting the campus, Kate found it to be an inclusive place, open to anyone looking to learn. After further encouragement from family and friends, she applied to study creative writing, but Kate said she “still didn’t feel up to it”.

Kate did a seven-week Fast Track course before her degree, and then started studying BA (Hons) Creative Writing.

Kate said: “When I came to see Edge Hill I got this really strong feeling that it’s all about expanding education to everyone and as someone who felt really unconfident about whether I could go to university that appealed to me. I was even able to bring my kids to the open days, which meant a lot.

“Since I started my course I’ve learnt so much about writing, made new friends and had amazing experiences, all of it has also given me an incredible amount of confidence that I never had before. I’ve discovered that I do have the talent to succeed, despite my past doubts about myself.”

Kate also had the opportunity to work on the prize giving for Edge Hill’s prestigious Short Story Prize. The annual event is attended by some of the UK’s best writers, publishers and literary figures.  

“I went to Edge Hill’s Short Story Prize ceremony in 2019 which was a really good event and very exciting. Then in 2020 I was signed up to help organise it. It was amazing speaking to all the big literary names attached to the event. The whole experience really pushed my boundaries and challenged me but was so rewarding.”

Kate now has plans to continue her studies by applying to study a Masters degree at Edge Hill and wants to go on to study a PhD after that.  

“I can’t stop now. I love learning and want to finish the journey I’ve started. When I first started, all I thought about was writing a novel but now I’ve discovered a flair for writing poetry which I find very cathartic. I also love writing scripts and want to explore where that could lead me. I can’t wait to learn more and build my career as a writer further.”

If you’re interested in studying Creative Writing at Edge Hill, you will learn from a world-class community of writers and gain insights into publishing, broadcasting and professional production on a degree brought to life by guest writers, visiting professionals, readings and workshops. Visit the website to find out more about Creative Writing courses.