I've been editing during lunch hours at the moment and I feel dead awkward when the colleagues I work with in our class ask about it. They know I write but they're pretty much the only two people in the school who know I do and would like to be published. I wasn't really keen on telling them what I was doing in the first place.
Would you tell your work colleagues that you write and want to/have been published?
I don't think I would at my work. In education I do feel like I'd have to be careful about my writing. I write YA. YA Horror specifically with gore, monsters, violence and swearing. I wouldn't want that to be known just in case there were parents who would think it was inappropriate for me to write horror and teach young children at the same time. Not that I'm going around telling ghost stories to children but some parents can be funny about things like this. So I do think if I ever got published I would actually keep it a secret at work. Friends and family sure but I don't think I'd tell people at work.
I'd love to hear your opinion, especially if you work or have worked in education before whether it's primary or secondary. To anyone who doesn't work in education, are you open about your writing and/or published work?