University Centre Grimsby (UCG) student Ted Stanley is celebrating success with a series of writing pieces that have been shortlisted in international competitions.
Ted, who is studying the BA (Hons) Professional Writing Degree at UCG, had his short story ‘Best Man for the Job’ placed runner up in an international literary competition and just recently, his short screen play ‘What’s in a Name’ has received a huge accolade having been chosen for inclusion in the LA Film Festival which takes place in November 2016.
Ted, who has had a life-long interest in plays, has previously written scripts including the award winning play ‘Shakespeare in Debt’ which debuted in 2015 at the Riverhead Theatre, Louth. Prior to this Ted attended a series of playwriting workshops and it was these experiences that gave him the realisation he wanted to expand the scope of his writing, he said: “You may have the ambition and even the talent to be a great writer but like any other profession, be it an actor, astronaut or airline pilot, you need to learn the skills and techniques to do the job.”
It was Ted’s partner Debbie who inspired him to look into higher education, as she herself had just finished the BA (Hons) Fine Art degree at UCG. Ted began to look into courses aimed at professional writers and was even prepared to relocate should he need to. However, Ted was delighted to find out that the University Centre Grimsby offered a BA (Hons) degree in Professional Writing right on his doorstep.
Now heading into his second year of the course, Ted says the course has given him new skills, inspiration and encouragement and that the course is: “well structured and delivered with infectious enthusiasm by professional tutors who are able to draw on their comprehensive understanding of the subject and experience as professional writers.”
Anjali Wierny, Programme Leader for Professional Writing said: “On the Professional Writing degree our students are taught how to improve their writing and get published.
“In his first year, Ted’s already winning competitions with his fantastic creative work and I expect by the time he graduates he’ll also be a novelist, journalist or scriptwriter.”