My Trip To London To See Jacqueline Wilson
By Caitlyn Fell
On Friday 6 October, Caitlyn Fell headed down to London for a writing workshop with Jacqueline Wilson. The trip was organised by the Care Leaver Covenant which provides support for care leavers aged 16-25 to live independently. As a Creative Writing student, this was an opportunity not to be missed. From developing CV writing skills to learning the power of storytelling and making your words come alive. The workshop covered it all. And, to make it even better, the travel costs were all covered by the Student Opportunity Fund.
The thought of this trip was nerve-wracking. I hadn’t been to London since I was 7. And I worried about how my anxiety would react to being in such a busy, fast city. However, I wouldn’t be alone, so I decided to face my fears.
Myself and another person travelled to Ormskirk train station from campus. It was an early 5am start. We arrived at the train station with plenty of time to spare and then started our adventure to Preston. There, we met another person who was travelling down with us. And after a couple of hours, we finally arrived at Euston Station.
We used trusty Google Maps to find our way to our destination where the event was taking place – The British Library. I would need a whole other trip just to explore it – it’s huge. We entered and waited for the event to start. The event was organised by the Care Leavers Covenant, an inclusion programme that creates access to opportunities for care leavers across the UK.
Once people had filled up the room, we waited for the famed author of Tracy Beaker to talk Jacqueline Wilson spoke of her experience with writing and life. Some of the advice I received was to continue writing, even if you are afraid of failing. Jacqueline told us not to worry about what we write, but to just do it and take a chance. And revealed that she never reads her first draft before it is finished. Even if she has forgotten some of the details.
Jacqueline explained that she never expected to be a famous author. And that she doesn’t think imposter syndrome ever goes away. It was great to hear someone talk about their experience in the industry. After the talk, she went around the room to speak to tables individually. And she even signed my copy of My Sister Jodie. Then there was time for pictures.
As we left, we had time to spare so we debated what to do. We decided on the British Library’s gift shop. That was not good for my pocket. But it was amazing. There were so many pretty books and cool souvenirs. Then we set off for our train home. I got back to campus around 8pm, and it was the end of a pretty good adventure.
Student Opportunity Fund
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