Budding writer Shannon Eden had always planned to study Medicine but, at the last minute, chose to follow her passion for storytelling instead. From writing childhood tales about super villain snails to submitting a script to the BBC, Shannon’s talent for writing made her the perfect fit for Edge Hill’s Creative Writing programme.
It was a bit of a jump from Medicine to Creative Writing. I struggled in sixth form with Biology and Chemistry, and when I didn’t get the grades I needed, I decided to study something I had a talent for rather than what seemed practical. I’ve loved reading and writing since I was little, and my head is always full of ideas. When I found the Creative Writing course at Edge Hill, it felt like it was meant to be.
I started the course hoping to develop my fiction writing, as I had a back catalogue of short stories and the beginnings of a novel to build on. In my third year, however, I discovered screenwriting. The module was brilliant and I fell in love with the medium – it felt more accessible, urgent, and full of opportunity. I soon realised it was the field I wanted to pursue. In 2015 I was shortlisted for the BBC’s Drama Script Room, in which the BBC accept unsolicited scripts to identify new writing talent. The feedback I received was really helpful and felt like a validation of my choice to study Creative Writing.
The best thing about the course is the opportunity to get feedback on your work. In the beginning I found it daunting to share my writing with my peers, but the course helped me to grow confident at giving and receiving constructive criticism. I also improved at meeting deadlines and communicating with people – all transferable skills that I use every day in my role as an Editorial Associate at Thomson Reuters.
I’m still writing in my free time. I’m currently developing my script following the BBC’s advice and guidance and I’m also working on an idea for an animated show – there’s a lot going on in my head creatively, and plenty of ideas I still want to explore.
My advice to Creative Writing students is to be open-minded, because the course can take you by surprise and set you on a path you never expected.”