Collaborative creative writing group is novel idea

While rooms full of writers isn’t uncommon on a TV show, writing a novel is usually considered a one-person task. This might soon change, however, as a recent research project by a local university student with the help of some local college students posed the question of ‘How can the novel be a vehicle for community participation?’

Truro College lecturer Sian Gaston and Falmouth University PhD student Jane Moss with the college creative writing group

PhD student Jane Moss from Falmouth University approached Truro College in the hopes of finding some students that would be interested in joining a joint project to create a novel. Luckily, the college holds a creative writing group called Zone, which was full of students eager to give the project a go.

The students, who are a mix of first and second years from the college, have worked together over a few weeks both in person and online to create a novel. The students used a shared Facebook group to post ideas, excerpts and comment on one another’s work, creating the perfect place for shared creativity.

This group, which was called ‘Joined up writers’, wasn’t the first opportunity to participate in an external project to develop their skills and talents in writing. Earlier in the year, the first year students were able to join the John Schofield Trust, where they were paired with notable journalists around the world.

Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Applied Science and AS English Language and Literature student, Lydia Haines, loved the experience, saying: “I really enjoyed this project. It is a really beneficial experience and I think it is such a brilliant idea to write a novel together. Can't wait to see the end result.”

“It's interesting. I like hearing other people's contribution and seeing how other's minds work,” said second year A Level student Jas Bagawantha.

“I've thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and it has gotten me back into writing. It's really nice to hear the ideas of others with a leader to direct the story,” added Jack Rivers, second year A Level student.