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A Leeds Trinity University alumna has launched a series of creative writing workshops to support new and aspiring writers.

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Kit Kennedy, who graduated in December 2018 with a Masters Degree in Creative Writing, has launched a new series of online creative writing workshops as part of her business venture to support novice writers in developing their own literary voices. Taking place between September and December, the workshops will focus on finding inspiration, building characters, developing points of view, and narrative mapping.

Kit, who is originally from Australia, is an author and creative writing teacher. After graduating from Leeds Trinity, she started teaching at Horsforth Evening Classes, whilst also working as a freelance copywriter. Her work has been published around the world and she has written two novels as well as presented at the Ilkley Literature Festival.

Kit said: “The MA in Creative Writing has polished my writing, given me confidence in my narrative skills, and helped me build a career that I love. Through the support and guidance of Martyn Bedford and Amina Alyal (Creative Writing tutors at Leeds Trinity), my stories have taken on greater depth, a richer voice, and are now that much more powerful and engaging for my audience.

“The course also helped me build writerly relationships with fellow students. Jane Browne in particular has been a great source of inspiration and camaraderie, all thanks to honing our craft together at Leeds Trinity. I'm currently pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing, and as an author, I plan to keep writing and telling the best stories I can.”

In August 2020, Kit received £500 from Leeds Trinity University's Inspiring Futures Programme Enterprise Fund to support the development of her business. She'll use the funding to create and promote a series of workshops in Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield and York, investing in additional PR and social media support where possible.

In 2021, Kit plans to schedule some in-person workshops and regular face-to-face writing classes in Yorkshire, and surrounding areas. With her own writing, she aspires to publish her novels and become a full-time writer.  

Greg Barnes, Head of Department for Business and Law at Leeds Trinity University, said: "We are always proud to support Leeds Trinity students and alumni with their business ventures through the Inspiring Futures Programme. We are delighted to support Kit as she uses her experience and the skills she gained whilst studying here to guide new and aspiring writers in their own creative writing pursuits."

The Inspiring Futures Programme financially supports students who want to study abroad or compete in elite-level sport alongside their studies, and recent graduates who want to develop their own business. The programme was launched by former Chancellor Gabby Logan in 2016, during Leeds Trinity's University's 50th anniversary year.

For more information about Kit’s writing workshops, visit her website.

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