‘Get stuck in’: How to get work experience as a writer

01 Mar 2019
By Alicja W., Student at De Montfort University

Creative writing isn’t exactly the type of subject that people associate with employability. In fact, as I went about my uni life, I seemed to hear this from everyone. Even my tutors doubted that you could turn this subject into a salary.

I even attended lectures by industry professionals - publishers, editors, literary agents. All of them said ‘it’s difficult’ and ‘you probably won’t get into it unless you know somebody.’ This left me feeling hopeless and down, especially in my last year at university where the reality of work life was approaching.

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Alicja is studying for an MA in Creative Writing at De Montfort University.