Information About Luke - Leamington Spa teacher - (14 reviews)
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I'm a freelance writer, tutor and supply teacher with 7 years' experience in a wide range of disciplines, with a record of successful, satisfied students. I have taught Creative Writing at university level, and sold fiction and non-fiction to markets all over the world. I've also produced advertising/promotional copy for corporations, all of whom have been extremely satisfied and seen a boost in their business' success.
• Flashing Swords Magazine
• Chaos Theory: Tales Askew
• **Web Address Removed**
• Orbital Magazine
• Ripple Magazine
• Everyday Fiction
No one can guarantee success in Creative Writing, and I do not offer gimmicks such as involving students in personal, paying projects. Instead, I offer an environment tailored to an individual student's needs. Creative Writing aspirations vary from fun and self-expression to being the next Charles Dickens! Such audacity is only the brainchild of ambition, and to be encouraged. I offer the knowledge and skills that all published writers apply to their craft, experience of successfully imparting these skills, and a deep understanding of modern markets for a wide range of literary arts.
2010 - Present
Supply Teacher, Balfor Education
A variegate of disciplines covered dependent on the needs of individual schools and pupils. Work predominantly consists of English tuition for A-Level and GCSE students.
2008 - 2009
Seminar Leader & Lecturer, Kingston University
HE tuition (Creative Writing & English Literature) in one-on-one tutorials, large seminars and lectures involving over 100 students.
2006 - 2008
ABA (Applied Behavioural Analysis) Tutor
Trained in sessions with UK YAP (Young Autism Project) consultant every three weeks. This role, which involved CRB certification, gave me a wealth of skill and experience in the art of teaching that I bring to every educational role.
2003 - Present
Writing Workshop Leader
Story Doctor, in person and via internet
Last week (20th of May) I was talking to Steven Jones (Britain's biggest Horror editor, and one of the world's top anthologists) about the modern world in relation to new Creative Writing talent. He was adamant that publication comes naturally to those whose work is of strong publishable standard.
It's important that not every student wants publication. Some wish to simply enjoy the process of being creative, and it is always possible to tailor a lesson to an individual student's needs. (That's the advantage of 1-on-1 tuition.) My job as a tutor is to be communicative and sensitive to every student's needs and goals.
An important part of teaching any creative art is to make the lessons fun, but it's also important to encourage passion where it exists. I do not believe talent is innate. Rather, it's harnessed through effort and will. As such every student, for all I know, could be the next Shakespeare. That's why Albert Einstein said, "There's nothing special about me. I'm just passionately curious." A tutor's role is to harness that passionate curiousity, and provide an environment in which it can thrive. Hemmingway once famously said, "It's nobody's business that you had to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way." Georges Simenon (one of the most prolific writers in history) spent his youth in libraries copying out his favourite novels so he could get the feel of good narrative technique in his hands. Not everyone wants to practise so hard, and there's nothing wrong with that, but it is important that excellence can be achieved, can be earned if it's desired. Fun can be had either way.
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- Published, professional author of fiction and non-fiction
- MFA Creative Writing (distinction)
- MA Creative Writing
- BA Sociology
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Well prepared and always calm
His approach was structured, personalised, flexibly and very supportive.
I would definitely recommend him.