I dreamed of writing fiction, but also knew there would be a practical benefit to improving my professional writing and editing skills with the aim of freelancing in education and curriculum writing.
The professional writing and editing program at RMIT has a reputation for being the best! The teaching staff and students in the program are extraordinary. I would stay forever just to be able to learn from and with such a talented bunch. Also, I love the City campus, its proximity to my work, and the flexibility of being able to study part-time.
The program is practical and has a real emphasis on industry. It has given me extraordinary access to professionals working within the writing and publishing world and focuses on up-to-date and practical information about how to carve out a successful career.
I’ve gained so many skills and qualities from my study – persistence, confidence in pitching, understanding the craft of writing and the importance of collaboration and networking.
During a Tuesday night fiction class in my first year, I scribbled out a writing exercise that stuck with me. I workshopped the unfolding story over two more semesters of fiction classes and eventually, with a lot of hard work, it became my novel, Skylarking, which will be published by Black Inc.
I sat in my first year of classes sighing and swooning every time I heard a writer tell us about landing a publishing deal, or being invited to a writers’ festival, or hearing about some of their international rights being sold. It seemed so impossible a dream.
Now, those things have happened to me, and I can only say that it would have been impossible without this program, and all that I have learnt and the connections I have made during my time at RMIT. The teachers, tutors and guests are first class. You don’t want to miss a thing! And do the writing. You have to do the writing!