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Keep Writing: how to thrive after you graduate

Seminars, workshops, masterclasses: writing at university can be productive, exciting, and all-consuming. But what happens once you graduate? How do you keep writing around work, caring responsibilities and other life commitments?

This evening symposium aims to explore how writers, including alumni and current students, keep going. We will hear from writers who have turned their hand to commercial writing; writers turned editors; competition winners; coaches, and entrepreneurs.


See below for the full programme.


Keep Writing is brought to you by two SHU Creative Writing PhD students, Jo Dobson and Sophie Parkes-Nield. For more information, please email

Wednesday 8 March 2023
Performance Lab, Arundel Gate Court, Sheffield S1 2LQ

5.10 Welcome and introductions
Part 1: towards a sustainable writing practice
5.20 Lauren O’Donoghue: Post-graduation highs and lows (10)
5.30 Letty Butler: Juggling a portfolio career (10)
5.40 Beverley Ward: Plot twist! Responding to challenge, reacting to change (20)
6.00 Questions (10)
6.10 Break (20)
Part 2: widening your experience
6.30 Ethel Maqeda: volunteering (10)
6.40 Molly Aitken: ghostwriting and copywriting (10)
6.50 Northern Gravy: from writing to editing (15)
7.05 Questions (5)
7.10 Bec Evans, Prolifiko: Build a writing habit that lasts (30)
7.40 Questions and wrap up (5-15)
7.45 Close

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