Read all about it: Talented teenager becomes a published author

Published: March 20, 2019

Listen to Faye’s radio interview here when she visited BBC Shropshire Radio on 29 March and spoke to Claire and Eric about her recently published story… Well done Faye

A talented Telford teenager has urged budding writers to ‘never give up’ after realising her dream of becoming a published author.

Faye Oliver, 16, who has been writing short stories and blogging in her spare time, is currently studying A Level English in the 7th Form at Telford College.

Newly published author, Faye Oliver

Now, after having one of her stories published by American-based writing organisation Project Write Now, she hopes it could be the springboard to a professional writing career.

Faye’s short story ‘Six O’Clock News’ which she originally wrote while studying for her year 11 mock exams, has been included in the organisation’s official new literary magazine, Bridge Ink.

The former Charlton School student said: “I worked on the piece for some time and sent it out to publishers all over the world. I had a lot of rejections before I finally got a yes.”

But she revealed that she took inspiration from a visit by former Telford College student Emma Cooper, who overcame many similar rejections to become a celebrated author around the world.

Faye with Telford author Emma Cooper, who visited class several weeks ago

Emma spoke to a group of A level students, including Faye, talking them through her own writing journey, from initial draft to first publication.

Faye said: “Emma really inspired me. Her advice about rejections really helped me not to get disheartened. My advice to aspiring writers is the same as Emma gave to me – never give up.”

Emma revealed she had received a ‘wonderful email’ from Faye, sharing her good news, and she took to Twitter to express her congratulations, saying: “Well done Faye Oliver.”

 

Project Write Now is a non profit-making organisation based in Red Bank, New Jersey, helping to celebrate young writers between the ages of 13 and 18.


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