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Enterprise Awards 2014

Graduate Enterprise

Sophie-Louise Hyde

Student Wordsmith

Graduate
Sophie-Louise Hyde
Year of graduation
BA English (2012), MA Creative Writing (2013),
PhD Verbatim Poetry (current)
Company
The Student Wordsmith

Sophie-Louise Hyde originally launched The Student Wordsmith as an online blog to showcase for her own poetry and prose.

However, since then, it has evolved into something much bigger with hundreds of followers and avid readers of the poetry, plays and prose by a variety of writers – both already established and previously undiscovered.

Joining The Studio gave Sophie the opportunity to make this change and re-launch her site as the go-to place for students and graduates keen to read material that reflect their own experiences…

But The Student Wordsmith isn’t just about reading – Sophie is keen for others to write.

The response to the first Student Wordsmith national competition was overwhelming. The resulting collection You is for University – second edition to be published by Lamplight Press in summer 2014 – contains 50 pieces of writing (across all genres), offering a unique guide to the university experience.

Currently available in print, the ‘Writer’s Edition’ of the anthology is proving popular, with over half of it’s first copies having sold in the first three weeks. The collection will soon be taken to mass market in its second edition print, as well as being available as both a digital download and audio book.

As well as publishing further collections, Sophie sees The Student Wordsmith becoming an online community for people looking for a way into the reputedly impenetrable creative industry – providing presentations and workshops, educational packages for schools and colleges, networking opportunities and a portfolio-building and publishing service for a range of creative activities.

To further support this evolution, she plans to secure crowdfunding and – as the workload grows – to take on a team of interns to help her manage the enterprise’s various emergent activities, which will give voice to many undiscovered talents across the country.

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