Is it a myth that people who work in construction are less likely to enjoy writing as they are more hands-on? If so, Rotherham Construction students have proven this to be untrue.
Last year Jon McKenzie, a plastering student, won a prize for his creative writing with the Library competition. The quality of entries was so impressive it was suggested that construction held their very own competition. Students were asked to write a story, a diary entry, a blog based on their life or current events, anything to approximately 600 words in length.
Lisa Taylor, the English tutor for Construction, added: “Our students did so incredibly well in the College Library challenge, we thought if we had our own competition it would encourage the students to continue to write. We have been truly astounded with the quality of some of the entries we have received so far. We have had such a variety of entries where the only limitation has been the imagination. We have had stories to make you laugh, cry and gasp in horror. It is a real testament to the calibre of students that we have. It’s amazing what they can achieve not only in their practical courses but also in English where they don’t have that much confidence in their abilities. It is our sincere hope that the competition goes some way to encouraging the raw, writing talent that we have here at Rotherham College.
The competition is open until the end of the month when an overall winner will be announced together with two runners up. Lisa Taylor and Amanda Edwards will judge the competition they have organised. The prizes will be ‘Love 2 Shop’ vouchers and each contestant will also receive a bound copy of the full collection of stories.