Being President of Daps, the creative writing anthology

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Kieron Hole is a final year BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing student. As well as studying the course, Keiron is also the President of Daps, the University’s creative writing anthology.

Being President of DAPS involves reading submissions for the anthology, editing work and presenting it to the editorial board for consideration. The role also includes leading on a book cover, liaising with printers and organising a book launch. I’m thoroughly enjoying the work I’m doing, and it’s a great way of putting into practice the skills I’ve learned on the course.

I’ve always had a passion for English, with a love of reading and writing. My favourite genres are fantasy, gothic horror and classical literature. Through studying BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing, I’ve benefited from the teaching staff encouraging me to experiment with my writing. I’ve delved into different areas of the subject, outside my comfort zone, and it’s helped to develop my writing style.

As an author, your work has to stand for itself. Workshops are a great way of gaining feedback on your writing, leading to you fine-tuning your craft. During workshops, your peers are responsible for acknowledging the good work you’re doing and for identifying areas where you could improve. These sessions are valuable and have been an integral part of the creative writing element of the course.

I’ve loved all aspects of the English course, and I’ve found the key to succeeding is to do the reading your given. It may not always be a book that captures your interest, but by taking the time to read, you could be giving your final degree classification a boost.