Jane Seabourne is an example of why it is
never too late to follow your dream. From as early as her school
days, all Jane wanted to be was a writer. But unsure of how to
enter such a self-reliant career, she chose to become a teacher
instead. Now, at 57-years-old, Jane’s dream has finally come true
as her first collection of poetry is published.
As a teacher Jane enjoyed a successful career
spanning over 25 years working in a variety of schools and Further
Education colleges. But her passion for writing never faded and
when an opportunity arose, Jane took it.
“For the first time in decades I started to
write creatively and I knew that with a little professional
training, I could still become a writer.”
Jane enquired about the University’s Creative
and Professional Writing degree but wasn’t sure whether she would
be able to commit to the full three year course. Jane spoke to
staff at the University’s Higher Education Shop (The Gateway) who
advised her that she could become an Associate Student and study
individual modules at her own pace.
“With a postgraduate Masters already under my
belt from another university, becoming an Associate Student was the
obvious choice. I was able to choose modules that suited my
interests and then fit my studying around my work and family
Jane chose to study a wide variety of modules
including Theories of Language and Writing; Journalistic Writing;
Humour Writing; Life Writing; Travel Writing and Novel Writing.
“The lecturers were very encouraging and
because all of them are published authors I knew I was being taught
by writers with first hand experience”, she explains.
And Jane found that studying with younger
students had its benefits too:
“I was a very mature student but one thing
that surprised me was how much I learned from the other students,
especially the younger ones – they opened my mind to new ways of
looking at things.”
Since completing her studies Jane has had her
pieces published in a wide variety of magazines and in May this
year, her first collection of poetry, Bright Morning, was
“Writing is now finally a major part of my
life – I’ve learnt so much about the craft of writing and
experimented with genres of writing I would not have done
Jane is now teaching on a part-time basis so
that she can continue to focus on her writing. She also runs
writing workshops and is regularly invited to perform her work at
spoken word events throughout the region.
“I come into contact with many other writers
and I always recommend that they consider the University of
Wolverhampton for writing courses.
“I would say that if you can’t commit to a
full time course, being an Associate Student is a very good thing
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