Caerphilly teenager awarded spot in prestigious writing program

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A Caerphilly student is one step closer to realizing her dream of becoming a screenwriter after securing a place in a prestigious writing program hosted at a world-renowned literature festival.

Coleg y Cymoedd learner Cerys Baker, 16, is one of twenty learners to be selected to participate in The Beacons Project – a specialist writing program for aspiring Welsh writers and journalists aged 16-18 who held at Hay-on-Wye’s famous Hay Festival.

Hundreds of learners from schools and colleges in Wales have applied to participate in a program of creative workshops, discussions and events aimed at developing the writing skills of young writers. Program participants also have the opportunity to meet and work with professional writers, broadcasters and journalists to inspire their creative writing and give them insight into a career in the industry.

Cerys, who is currently completing her AS levels in Film Studies, Psychology and Sociology, and English Literature and Language, hopes to someday become a professional screenwriter, inspired by her favorite writers, including New York Times bestselling author Rick Rordian. After participating in the Beacons Project, the teenager gained self-confidence to pursue the career of her dreams.

Cerys said: “The Beacons project has been an incredible experience. The lectures, workshops and writing activities we participated in during the four day program were fascinating and I learned so much.

“Attending the program rekindled my passion for reading and writing, and I now feel more confident than ever in my creative writing skills. “

Cerys beat hundreds of other writers to secure his place on the project after submitting a piece of his own original creative writing and answering questions about his reading and writing interests.

Hay Festival Beacons Project alumni have continued their careers in creative writing, publishing and media, including award-winning poet and playwright Owen Sheers who attended this year’s creative writing residency.

Cerys had the opportunity to meet the famous Welsh poet and playwright alongside British historian and author Hallie Rubenhold.

Cerys added: “Attending conferences and workshops for industry professionals such as novelist, journalist and presenter Elizabeth Day and Amika George, a young writer, activist and campaigner against menstrual poverty in the UK, has been incredibly inspiring.

“Seeing the successful careers they have pursued in the literary industry shows what an incredible opportunity the Beacons Project is. I am delighted to build on all that I have learned from this experience and to continue my dream career by becoming a screenwriter. “

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