Bachelor of Arts (Professional and Creative Writing)*
Deb has worked as the ghost-writer of three celebrity autobiographies. The first of these was begun in 2003, during her final year of uni.
Deb completed a BA in Professional Writing and Editing* as a mature-age student. She was ‘quite serious about the course and where it would lead career-wise.’ She believed she would get out of the course whatever she put into it, and made the most of opportunities to develop her writing, as well as building relationships with other emerging writers and editors.
One opportunity which came her way was the chance to work as an editor of Deakin’s annual literary journal, Verandah. As Deb puts it, ‘Editing Verandah was an invaluable experience; it taught me that creativity and collaboration can work well together.’
Towards the end of third year, she actually felt she could call herself a writer without feeling self-conscious or a ‘fraud’.
Before studying writing, Deb had completed three years of a four-year social work degree. She feels her current work combines her two passions, namely social justice and writing. Aside from ghostwriting, Deb has worked as a journalist and deputy editor of Warcry, the national weekly magazine of The Salvation Army; and as Managing Editor of Crosslight, the monthly magazine of the Uniting Church. Deb says, ‘Although I am not religious, these publications give me the opportunity to write about issues that I consider important, such as social justice and marginalisation.’
*This course is now titled ‘Bachelor of Arts (Professional and Creative Writing)