Jordan Reynolds, BA (Hons) Creative Writing

Choosing Derby

I chose to do a degree in Creative Writing at Derby because my passion was writing and as Derby offered the best Creative Writing degree I could find, I decided to follow my dream of being a writer.

My highlights

One of my biggest highlights was creating my own radio show, Verbal Discharge, which won best student radio show of the year two years running. I also presented the annual University of Derby Students Union awards with my radio show.

I really enjoyed being part of a new Derby arts movement, including an open mic poetry night entitled Twisted Tongues and several other events.  I always felt free to pursue the medium of my choosing with my writing and benefitted from having inspirational and published authors for lecturers who know what they're talking about. The course also gave me the opportunity to interview Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party in England and Wales.

Supportive staff

The staff have supported us in our professional and personal development. They've brought to light several errors in my work that I would never have found myself. They have also allowed us freedom to express ourselves through tutorials in which we could negotiate several factors of our work, such as word count and format.

My career plans 

I would now like to become a Creative Professional working for a large publishing company. The degree has already helped my career progression by securing interviews with several creative companies. It has also given me superb social skills and a multitude of transferable skills.

“Derby offered the best Creative Writing degree I could find.”