When I and my fellow English students met Diane Samuels this was the chance for us to learn about her thoughts about her play “Kindertransport”. It was a great opportunity to ask every question I had to the writer, especially as I was keen to improve my own creative writing and learn from her experiences.
Although everyone has an interpretation when they read or watch a play, I think that learning and understanding what the writer means by being able to ask them directly is a real luxury. I found it inspiring for my own creative writing to be able to ask Diane about the process of her own work.
I learned that empathy was a key skill in writing about the experiences of others, for example as she had done when recreating the experience of the ‘Kindertransport’ children in her play. I tried to use this as inspiration for my creative writing coursework.
After this experience I managed to quote what I had spoken to her about in my AS exam when addressing the context of her personal experience as a female Jewish writer and mother. I found this an advantage because I could talk about what Diane had said and the experience of meeting her face to face. This helped me a great deal with making my essay a lot stronger that it would have been and made me feel I had really understood the creative playwriting process better.