German medical researcher Dr Eleonore Blaurock-Busch shares why she started the MSc in Creative Writing at age 75.
MSc in Creative Writing (Online learning)
|Year of graduation||2019|
At the moment
In my home office in Hersbruck, Germany. Perfect weather (25C) with some rain, thus lush. It is beautiful and I feel great. I do a lot of writing (working on one young adult fiction, one medical textbook and at times, I write poetry).
Your time at the University
I started the MSc programme at age 75, not because of boredom. I still work in laboratory medicine and as a researcher. I entered the programme to:
- improve writing skills and
- to prove to my granddaughter of 12 years that learning is a life-long process and
- because it is/was a stimulating experience.
I can only recommend it.
Your experiences since leaving the University
As a medical researcher I need to write English and German articles and books. I decided to study English poetry, because research papers and poetry have something important in common: the writer must be precise and know how to get to the point - before the reader becomes bored. The choice of word cannot be underestimated.
Since I now live in Germany, it is difficult to keep English alive. The Edinburgh course allowed me to dig into English, at times more than I had anticipated. I had a grand time - and I also published some poetry, in English and German, here in this sleepy German town where poets are considered strange animals.
...Research papers and poetry have something important in common: the writer must be precise and know how to get to the point - before the reader becomes bored.
Your Covid-19 experience
Covid-19 what? Almost nothing changed. I work in my home office, go for doggie walks to air out, and only use the mask when at the grocers. I phone friends and I started a writers’ group here in this town. We can’t meet right now, but e-mails, webinars etc keep us going.
Don’t wait for stuff to happen, be the maker!
MSc in Creative Writing by online learning
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