Emma followed her passion for the written word by studying creative writing, which not only improved her craft but also prepared her for the demands of a career as an author.
I’ve always been an avid reader and writer, but it wasn’t until VCE that I realised it was possible to turn my dream of writing into a real career.
It was RMIT’s reputation as a creative and supportive place that drew me to studying at the city campus. Other universities offer similar study pathways, but RMIT supports a more hands-on approach to learning and encourages its students to experiment creatively. I have honestly learned more and improved my craft further in my first year at RMIT than I ever would have imagined possible. The tutors and lecturers are the university's best assets, every class I’ve taken has been taught by someone prominent and well-respected in their field.
I’ve learned a great deal about the structure of prose and poetry, as well as skills in editing works of all varieties. I’ve been taught how to analyse and pull themes from prominent works, which will ultimately assist me in the creation of my own work.
Using the skills in fiction and plotting I learned in my first semester of study, I was able to create a short story entitled Illusory Refuge. I’m proud of how the piece showcases my distinct writing style and addresses an important issue in society, domestic violence. My work was selected as the winner of the 2016 Questions Writing Prize, resulting in the online and paperback publication of the piece. I honestly couldn’t have achieved this at such a young age without the tutelage and expertise of my teachers. Seeing my ideas become tangible works that others can enjoy is extremely fulfilling.
RMIT is not only teaching me the craft and technical skills needed to succeed as a writer, but they also go to great lengths to prepare students for the demands of the industry itself, such as how to get published and how to construct a writing resume.
I’ve enjoyed the flexibility of being based at the RMIT City campus. Studying creative writing in a UNESCO City of Literature means that creative inspiration is never hard to come by.