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Across the UK today, writers are getting together to host workshops and community writing events to share stories about ‘place’.
In Co-op Property, we have several talented writers in our team. They’re often juggling their busy day jobs and home life with their passion for storytelling, usually writing in their spare time. As a property team it’s great for us to have people who like to think creatively, it helps us keep developing as a business. Emma Clarke is in our accounts team, supporting customers, suppliers and stakeholders in our capital investment programme. She’s also a prolific scriptwriter, and a member of the North West film and TV writing network, Scriptwriting North.
Making people laugh
Hi, I’m Emma and I’ve been writing for nearly ten years. My favourite thing to write is definitely comedy. I love thinking up new ideas and characters and seeing where I can take them. Writing gives you freedom to be creative and challenge yourself. You can put characters in lots of interesting situations and see what happens. Unlike real life, if you don’t like what the character is doing you can rewrite and take them on a completely different journey.
My love of scriptwriting has taken me on some great journeys of my own. I spent 3 months in LA taking a scriptwriting class at UCLA, I took an internship in New York and I’ve worked as an extra in court based TV programmes.
I often send my scripts to potential developers and although it was daunting to start with, I’ve had great feedback so far. I like writing for children and I’d love to get a children’s animation I’ve written made. I recently came in the top 14% of scripts entered into the BBC Writers’ Room Comedy competition.
Work-life balance and transferable skills
Working in the Co-op Property team supports me in having a great work life balance, which has really helped my writing. The writing process has also given me transferable skills I can use every day. Giving feedback to other writers at weekly workshops has built up my analytical skills, and receiving feedback has helped me look at things from someone else’s perspective. I’m a more confident communicator and problem solver at work now.
In Co-op Property we’re encouraged to work towards our own personal development plans alongside achieving our business objectives. It helps develop us as individuals as well as a team. When I first started out, I found writing short pieces much easier than diving in head first to writing a feature film. There are lots of resources and groups out there to help you and inspire your writing. So if you’re thinking of writing, just go for it.