Emma Wright

Country: United Kingdom
Sector: Journalism, Media and Publishing
Job title: Author
Subject of study: German and French
Year of graduation: 2009
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

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What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

After pursuing a career in translation, I took time out to have my family. Writing had always been my true passion and over the past few years I have been focusing on my writing career. My latest Young Adult novel ‘How Do You Stop A Magpie Mobbing Your Mind?’ is out on 28th August 2021.

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

I love being creative and planning out all the twists and turns of a story and the characters. As a languages student, I also enjoy playing and experimenting with language.

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

Exeter taught me to become more independent and confident. I particularly loved the modules on French and German culture and literature and developed a real interest in art history, on which my final year dissertation was based. The year abroad, which I spent in the South of France and allowed me the opportunity to travel widely, was an absolutely amazing experience!

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

The beautiful city and surrounding countryside, the enthusiastic and helpful staff, my friendly fellow students and the freedom being at university gave me.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

The excellent reputation of the university, the wonderful city and the happy, warm feel on campus.

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

The skill of crafting a concise and interesting piece of writing. I also draw on my experiences abroad in my writing. The ability to manage my own mental health better and to use these ideas in my writing.

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

Keep trying! Write, write, write and read, read, read! Believe in yourself and don’t give up hope on your creative vision!

What are your plans for the future?

More writing! My next Young Adult novel is set in a dilapidated Cornish coastal hotel- I’d describe it as Agatha Christie meets teen romance!


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