Lateisha Lovelace-Hanson attending a Starting to Write course at Lumb Bank in April 2012. She tells us about the week and how a grant helped her.
The course came at the perfect time in my life, and offered a truly unique experience. It is amazing that I had one to one tutorials with established writers of different disciplines, as well as group workshops in such a nurturing environment. The West Yorkshire countryside helped to create the environment of a real retreat, no distractions meaning no excuses, so I could really immerse myself in the experience.
As for the grant, I am on a very low income and at age 22 with no real savings I really could not have attended without it. The application for the grant itself was really straightforward. Communication between me and Becky, who dealt with my grant application, was really good. This in itself is a merit and enabled me to concentrate on the course with no worries.
On the course, I responded well to the process. Writing is an extremely personal thing where your life experiences and the emotions inevitably come to the surface. What I loved is that these personal responses, thus your creative voice weren’t shied away from the tutors. It is celebrated. I felt like I was in a safe environment to share these experiences that shine through and make me the writer I am today.