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Tamryn Power - Applied Writing

Tamryn Power - Applied Writing

“This course is broadening my horizons as well as extending my writing. I thought I’d write children’s books and poetry, but now I’m wondering about a novel.”

“It's always been my dream to be a writer and I love both verbal and written communication. After fifteen years in the hospitality industry, I realise the human connection is very important to me and I hope to convey this in my writing. I finally gained enough confidence to further my education and found out that this applied writing course is online. It ticked all the boxes for me because I can do it part time, work part time, and fit the study around the kids.”

“I’m loving the course. I tend to over-write and over-express so the course is helping me address that, and before starting Applied Writing, I did an introductory computer course at NorthTec to update myself around techie stuff. The online tutors are fully available for guidance, suggestions and encouragement. They help us manage time deadlines but are understanding when students' personal circumstances sometimes arise and interfere with study.” 

“As students we all critique each other’s work in a constructive way and we communicate socially too. It was great to put names to faces when we met up at a weekend hui at NorthTec earlier this year. There were speakers and a writing panel for discussion and questions, and it was wonderful to be surrounded by like-minded people.”

“This course has introduced me to other genres of writing and I'm surprised at how much confidence it has given me to try writing in other fields. I now realise writing can be more than a dream, but it’s also been a bit of a reality check as to how hard it is to break into this industry and earn money from it. We have also been introduced to where we can place work and how to present it.”

“My next step is to decide how I want to get my work out there. Will I try competitions, in poetry, flash fiction or short story? Or will I push ahead with the novel manuscript or the children's picture book? My dream is to become a household name as a writer. I want to find a niche and make money at it so that I can continue to express my ideas and have people be affected by having read them.”


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