Creative Writing, Drama, English, Language, Literature

Writing for print

Wordsmith

Siobhan Coleman

Recent Graduate, School of English, 2017

The School of English newspaper is a student run project that gives all our students the opportunity to get involved with both editing and writing. Having the choice to do both allows the students to develop their skills in areas that they may want to pursue as a career. Wordsmith is printed as a physical copy, meaning the School has an easily accessible way to get information regarding events and activities that take place throughout the School and the University. Our hard working students get a sense of pride in having their work displayed.

English snip 2Any student who is part of the school can be involved in the different editing teams or they can become a writer (or both if they so wish). The newspaper is in the process of moving towards being more student run therefore quite a few beneficial changes are being made. Students who become writers have the choice to write a regular column or write individual articles, just as long as they meet the deadlines! This gives our writers the freedom to explore what they most enjoy. Some of our current regular columns include a book review, a what’s on section and write ups of the events. Writing for the newspaper is an enjoyable way for students to develop their writing skills, which comes in very handy for essays!

We have a team of copy editors who focus on the organisation of the layout and the branding, giving these students an insight into marketing. There is an established lead editing team that take charge on which articles to include and make decisions about themes. For this role, the students are developing their organisational and people management skills. Both roles involve lots of team work!

This is a fantastic experience for anyone who enjoys writing or has an interest in Journalism. One of our current members was offered a placement due to her involvement with the newspaper! Being involved with the Wordsmith can also contribute towards your graduate plus award!  The newspaper will be published twice a semester, including a welcome edition for the beginning of term. To get involved students can attend any meetings that are advertised, or contact members of the current team. There is also an email address that can be contacted about events involvement, bcuenglishevents@gmail.com. I hope to see some new faces soon, there is always room for fresh ideas!

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