50 authors... that's one for the book!
PUBLISHED: 16:28 27 May 2009 | UPDATED: 10:43 23 August 2010
THE largest ever number of writing students have become established authors after more than 50 from one college had books published. Fifty-three students on writing courses at North West Kent College, based in Dartford and Gravesend, produced nine books
THE largest ever number of writing students have become established authors after more than 50 from one college had books published.
Fifty-three students on writing courses at North West Kent College, based in Dartford and Gravesend, produced nine books between them.
Mastermind of the project Neil Nixon, division team leader for media, claimed 'it is the first of its kind' due to the amount of established authors being created.
He said: "I have checked with the Society of Authors and the National Association of Writers in Education and they could find nothing of its kind. The scale of what we have done is unusual and we are the first to use online publishing in a project."
All students, aged between 16 and 63, signed contracts to ensure that when they leave the college the students obtained copyright for their work.
Mr Nixon added: "We tried to produce contracts that would be as fair as possible. We are paying them with grades if they come up with great ideas."
The college agreed not to make any money from the venture and the books will be relatively cheap, to cover the costs.
One is about the experiences of young carers with a charity called 1-2-1 Youth Befriending.
Project co-ordinator for Youth Carers, Kelly Chambers, said of the book: "The book had my team in tears, but good tears."
Writing student Kathryn Stowell, 19, gave birth to her daughter two weeks before she started the course.
She said: "The course was a godsend, I was seven months pregnant when I found out about the course from Neil Nixon, and he was so helpful.
"I actually started the course three days a weekwhen my little girl, Lily-Rose, was just two-weeks-old.
"It's been so hard but fantastic. The course and the teachers are amazing. They have really helped me this year, during what could have been a really hard year for me.
"To have my writing published in a book is a dream come true."
Mr Nixon said the reaction from the students was mixed, but they got a "real buzz" from seeing their work published.
l If you want to see what the students have written, all books are available for purchase at lulu.com, the titles are- Beat the Bulge; The Girl's Guide to Getting; Your Ball Back; With Love (credited as written by 121 Youth Befriending); Now That's What I Call Tuneful Tales;You Will Never Be 17 Again; Solving the Unsolvable; Parallel Worlds; Thre3; Ruby