In 2007, Jennifer Robson was 37 years old and the mother of a toddler and new baby. Although she was happy in her personal life, in her professional life she was simply spinning her wheels. After finishing her doctoral degree in history at Oxford ten years earlier, she had bypassed academe and become an editor. But editorial work had long since become something she did to pass the time, rather than a profession that she loved. She knew she had to make a change - not only to make use of her education, but also to show her children that fulfilling and meaningful work was part of their mother’s life.
One night that spring, up late with a fretful baby, Jennifer experienced an epiphany: she wanted to write a novel. She had been thinking about doing so for years, but had never allowed herself to think any further. She had always told herself she didn’t have enough time.
In that instant, she realised that now was the time. The next morning she bought a notebook, started writing, and began the process of transforming herself into a novelist. But it all began with that one moment, late at night, when she listened to a quiet, insistent voice that told her she absolutely had to make a change.
In this talk, Jennifer will discuss her path from stay-at-home mum and part-time editor to international bestselling novelist, and she will share some thoughts and suggestions on how you, too, can find a way to embrace your own creative spirit - and in so doing, chart a new and exciting path in your life.