Lucy Goldsbro

Lucy Goldsbro

3rd-year student, Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing

For Lucy Goldsbro, it was attending film school that showed her that her passion is in telling stories. Now enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing, she is working towards her goal of becoming a writer.

“After living overseas, and attending film school to study directing and script writing, I realised that my passion lies in storytelling. Though I found out that I was genuinely terrible at directing, I knew that I truly enjoyed writing and wanted to continue practising and learning about it. I’d I love to be a writer – maybe a novelist, or poet or children's book writer.”

Deciding to come to AUT to study writing was easy, says Lucy.

“AUT has a one-of-a-kind creative writing course. I couldn’t find any other schools that offered an appealing degree majoring in creative writing. I knew that AUT took creative writing seriously, and after looking through the courses I’d be taking, I was even more excited. There’s a range of interesting courses to choose between; courses that cover fields that I didn’t even know existed, let alone that I’d become passionate about.”

An inspiring creative environment
The academic staff have been one of the highlights of her time at AUT, Lucy says.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being taught by such interesting lecturers. They’re so well educated in their fields and so fascinating to listen to. They also have faith in your ability, which helps build confidence in yourself. Their excitement about their subjects is contagious, and the flexibility they give you in your assessments means that you can explore what has piqued your interest the most.”

Trying out different genres of writing has been an eye-opening part of her studies.

“Looking into Pacific poetry was a bit of a lightbulb moment for me – realising that poetry isn’t just Shakespeare and Byron, it can be shaped to fit into any mould. Without this class, I might never have learned about some of my absolute favourite poets or how poetry can be used as a tool of empowerment. I never thought I’d be into poetry. Poetry was stale, self-obsessed, and a little bit boring to me before. Now I’m obsessed.

“In one of my elective courses I also had the opportunity to write and illustrate my own children's book. It's so amazing being able to do something you thought would only ever be a pipe dream, so I’m really proud of that.”

Advice for other students
Lucy’s advice for other students is simple: don’t be afraid to ask for help.

“The lecturers are invested in you and your work, and they will do everything they can to guide you in the right direction. If you’re wanting to do something that is a little left of field, there's a good chance they’ll get excited about it, or they’ll tell you that you’re missing the point, and if that’s the case, trust them.”

Sharing her work with her classmates was challenging at first, she admits, but she soon found that doing so makes for more interesting class discussions.

“I’ve never been one to like sharing work with other people. I’ve always been much too self-conscious and, like many of us, have felt that it's vain in some way to want to do so. I found it very challenging at first to participate in class discussions or to volunteer to read my work out. But my classes have taught me that participating just makes for a more interesting discussion. My lecturers never forced us into reading our work out, but rather nurtured us into wanting to.”

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