Isle of Man News - POSTED Thu 20-03-2014

Local young fashion entrepreneur teams up with CRHS English students

by MT

Local young fashion entrepreneur teams up with CRHS English students

Laura Faulds, 23, Managing Director of online dress shop Love My Figure, Love My Fashion (LMF LMF) was recently invited to Castle Rushen High School (CRHS) to give a talk to A Level English students on the subject of creative writing.

Karen Maloney, Second in English at CRHS commented, “Laura’s talk was very useful in helping our students understand the role that creative writing can play in the work place and even when running your own business as a young entrepreneur.  Part of the students’ A Level exams require them to write to a given brief and hearing how Laura disciplines herself and draws inspiration from a variety of sources for the creative copy on her website and online blog provided a valuable insight for our students”.

Laura commented, “it was a lovely surprise to be asked to come and talk to the CRHS students.  In my line of business, having the ability to write engaging content to your customers and potential customers adds so much value to your business and also provides you with a way of communicating with your audience.  The transferability of creative writing skills from school into the workplace can often be undermined and I wanted to show the students how important it can be.”

Laura set a task to the students to come up with their own creative copy to be published on the LMF LMF fashion blog (www.lmflmf.co.uk/blog).  Laura added, “I was delighted at the response – the students even took it upon themselves to complete the task in their spare time and with no additional help from the English staff.  The students should be very pleased with their efforts”.    

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