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Creative Writing

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Beginner £20.00
Intermediate £25.00
Advanced £30.00
Expert £35.00

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I am a poet and educator from the North East of England. I have three poetry collections published: 'Berth - Voices of the Titanic', my first full-length collection, published by Bradshaw Books in 2012, was awarded runner-up for the Cork Literary Review Manuscript Competition 2011 and staged at ARC in Stockton, fully funded by the Arts Council of England. 'Brushed', a pamphlet published by Mudfog in 2010, features my poem 'Victorine or Naked Woman in Manet’s 'Le Déjeuner sur L’herbe', which was awarded finalist for the Aesthetica Creative Works Competition 2009. My latest pamphlet 'Frayed' was published by Indigo Dreams in 2016 and I am currently working on my Arts Council awarded project 'Rare Birds - Voices of Holloway Prison'. My poems have been published in journals including Ambit, Agenda, Ink, Sweat and Tears, English in Education, Live Canon, Pennine Platform, South Magazine, Other Poetry and Poetry Scotland.

My participation in Creative Writing takes place in many diverse contexts: in 2012, I was successful in obtaining the senior role of Reviser for the AQA examination board for the newly accredited Creative Writing A Level. This role involves my scrutinising the exam questions set by the Principal Examiner and judging whether they are suitably inclusive for students and are assessable in line with the current mark scheme. I am a member of the awarding committee for this course and take part in the process of establishing grade boundaries in which to place each year's cohort of candidate exam papers. I consider myself privileged to have been selected for this competitive role and it is exciting to be involved in the creative process of a newly accredited course.

Teaching Experience:

I have experience of teaching on the undergraduate Creative Writing programme at The University of Leeds. I delivered lectures and seminars to diverse groups of first year students, teaching in a variety of settings from small group tutorials to large lectures, and contributed to the end of year assessment procedures. My PGCE, specialising in the post-compulsory sector was completed at Cumbria Institute for the Arts, where I lectured on their undergraduate programme. I enjoyed delivering the module on autobiographical writing to second year students, as it gave me the freedom to put into practice the teaching methods I had learned whilst studying for my PGCE, enabling me to deliver innovative lectures and seminars. I found working with students on a personal level during this post to be a fulfilling experience, offering individual guidance on their work as they completed their final portfolios. I found it particularly valuable to see the raw talent of a new writer emerging as I helped each student to shape her/his ideas into a coherent and engaging finished piece.

I facilitate many Creative Writing workshops within the community, working with diverse groups of people. Last year I established my writing for wellbeing initiative Pen Power which advocates the therapeutic benefits of reading and writing. I also tutor for Writing Classes Online, running both prose and poetry courses, the latter of which I designed myself.

Teaching Approach:

I have often been praised for my personable nature and patience when interacting with students and parents - qualities that are equally very important when communicating during on-line and face-to-face sessions. I take pride in my ability to be organised when managing communication, ensuring that I respond to students' messages within 24 hours and always listening to their individual needs as writers. As a Creative Writing Tutor I guide students through the process of writing poetry and other short forms, including the drafting process, using published poems for thematic and stylistic inspiration. I offer a detailed written critique of their work, providing encouragement on what aspects are working well, and advice as to how their work could be developed further.

I also offer mentoring for new poets aiming to publish their first pamphlet, as a next step for students who have successfully completed the course. This service is offered to new writers of poetry or short prose where some precise feedback on their work might give the support they are looking for. I will note those aspects that are working well in a submitted piece and suggest areas that could be improved. My aim is to provide a critical and honest appraisal of the work submitted but in a sensitive way, just as I would wish to receive comments on my own work.

Tutoring/mentoring can be conducted in a variety of ways or in combination to suit individual needs and work schedules. This can include contact by email, post, telephone or face to face. The working language for submissions and appraisals is English and distance should not be a disadvantage.

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Native Language: English (British)
Availability: Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

Qualifications:

  • University of Sunderland (2015) - PhD by Existing Published or Creative Work (Doctorate) (✔ On File)
  • University of Cumbria (2007) - Post-Compulsory (PGCE) (✔ On File)
  • University of Leeds (2001) - Creative Writing (Masters) (✔ On File)
  • University of Lancaster (2000) - BA (Hons) 2:1 English with Drama (Bachelors) (✔ On File)

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