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I have been teaching for nearly twenty years, and I have taught in the US, Scotland and England. After University I became a cultural journalist, and only started teaching as a side project. However, I loved teaching so much that I eventually gave up being a journalist to purse a career in writing and English education. I still write and publish, but now focus more on academic and creative writing. I’m an avid reader, and I am fascinated with how literature, politics, and history can help to explain our contemporary world. l've been published in literary anthologies, and I have acted as an editor for fiction collections.
In February, I completed my PhD in creative writing from the University of Surrey, which included both a critical discussion of satire and genre and a full length novel. Recently, I took on the post of writer-in-residence for the Braemar Creative Arts Festival, where I'm working with a group of local writers to create a novel that is collectively written. The project is called ‘Braemarnia’ and is a gathering of local stories and fiction.
My first job teaching creative writing was at Colorado Free University in 2019, and I've been teaching ever since. I've taught students of all ages and at all stages of their career, including students on leisure courses, University students, and college students. Since moving to the UK, I've taught with University of Dundee, University of Surrey, Dundee and Angus College, and Perth College/UHI. I've also taught at Festivals including Pitlochry Winter Words, Dundee Literature Festival, the Braemar Arts Festival, and the Guildford Book Festival. In 2019, she will be teaching through Lifelong Learning Dundee, at the University of Edinburgh, and at the Guildford Book Festival. Rachel lives in Dundee, and she is completing her PhD in creative writing from the University of Surrey.
When teaching, I help the students find the answers by guiding them through questioning and reasoning. This method encourages the student to take a self-directed approach in their studies, and it allows them to take ownership of their learning objectives. Not only does this make studying more interesting and valuable, but the knowledge gained will not be fleeting. Additionally, in one-to-one discussions, I take information from texts and ask the student to use independent thinking to analyze the information. This method helps students understand how the theoretical has implications in practice, which can lead to life-long learning.
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- University of Surrey (2019) - Creative Writing (Doctorate) (✘ Not On File)
- University of Surrey (2017) - Teaching Higher Education (Professional) (✘ Not On File)
- University of Dundee (2012) - MPhil - Literature (Masters) (✘ Not On File)
- University of St Andrews (2005) - MLitt - Creative Writing (Masters) (✘ Not On File)
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