I was 52 when I started the Creative Writing BA(Hons) Degree course in May 2014. With the encouragement of my daughter (in her first year at Uni) this became the ideal decision at the ideal time. After 10 years of nothing to show for the 5 books I’d written but a file-full of rejections, confidence was also at all-time low. Since becoming a student, though, I’ve found the support, regained confidence and find tutor guidance invaluable. Distance learning suits me; if I feel the need to socialise, the OCA student forums and Facebook groups are a great place to meet-up.