Sixth Form students attend Edge Hill University’s creative writing workshop

As part of Cowley’s commitment to developing careers pathways for all, 13 of our A-Level English Language students travelled to Edge Hill University for a Creative Writing workshop and tour of the campus in May.

Led by two Edge Hill undergraduates, the Cowley group was shown around the impressive facilities at the university including the modern library and fully-equipped gymnasium. They also enjoyed the free lunch on offer!

Then it was time to work with a published author, Sarah Schofield, who is also a lecturer on the Creative Writing course. The students completed a number of activities designed to stimulate their imaginations and form ideas for new pieces of writing.

“I love sessions like this,” said Sarah, “because you get to meet fantastic people. I’ve been impressed by the students’ energy and ideas and willingness to share.”

“These days allow us to highlight the importance of the creative arts,” she explained. “Edge Hill offers a range of creative degrees including creative writing. We love nurturing students’ abilities and helping them to use their skills beyond university.”

“The workshop was really inspiring for our students,” said Mr Betts, the outgoing Head of English. “They had fun and were challenged to develop their expressive skills. Many of them attend a regular creative writing club and are interested in studying the subject, so it helped them to understand just what university life could be like.”

Following our trip to the university, our students now have the opportunity to enter the Edge Hill University Short Story Competition. We’re hoping some of our students will be in the winning top three come September!