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Rebecca Holderness

BA (Hons) Creative Writing

Rebecca Holderness BA (Hons) Creative Writing student

This degree has taught me so much and set me on a path which I’d never expected to follow.

I always wanted to become a novelist. When it came to choosing what to do at university, I wanted to find a degree that would help me develop my writing abilities.

No other university seemed to offer so much versatility. With modules on everything from poetry, short stories and theatre scripts to radio plays and role-playing games, being exposed to such a variety of forms has helped me find my own writing style and decide what I want to write in the future.

My favourite module was scriptwriting. This came as a surprise because although I’d previously written a theatre play for my drama group, I’d never learnt how to properly format a script, or considered scriptwriting as a potential career.

I submitted a radio play to a competition called ‘From Page to Podcast.’ This was run by the Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts in London. I heard about the opportunity through the Creative Writing team. They list relevant opportunities for students, and I decided it was worth a go. I was selected as one of the winners.

My script, Flatmates, went on to be recorded by young actors from the academy, and is now on Spotify. It was such an amazing feeling to hear my words brought to life and has shown me how rewarding scriptwriting can be. Following on from this, I’m hoping to submit a comedy theatre script to the BBC Comedy Writer’s Room.

Studying Creative Writing at Edge Hill has helped me discover what I really enjoy about writing. 18-year-old me thought she wanted to write horror novels. Now I enjoy writing (and finishing) comedy scripts. This degree has taught me so much and set me on a path which I’d never expected to follow.