Help for Writer-Teachers

I’m fascinated by the craft of teaching and facilitation, and I’m passionate about running workshops and offering mentoring to help people to write more effectively.

So I’m keen to support writers who would like to do the same – whether to enhance their existing teaching skills, or to help them start running their own writing workshops.

New for 2019, I’m offering a mentoring-by-correspondence course: ‘Secret Recipes: Maximising Your Lesson Plans’.

This course is by email and / or Skype. You will submit two sample lesson plans, and I’ll respond with feedback and suggestions based on teaching best practice. Then you’ll develop a further two lesson plans, informed by the original advice received, and I’ll respond with comments again. Through this course you’ll learn –

– Advanced strategies for mixing and balancing the range of different tasks that you ask your participants to undertake, in order to increase engagement and to accommodate different learning styles

– How to effortlessly time-manage your lesson so you always feel in control

– How to cater for a range of participant abilities and levels of writing experience within one class

– How to tie lesson aims and outputs more closely to your overall learning agenda for the course / lesson

– Ways to ensure that your writers are learning the absolute most they can from your classes and therefore feeling they’re getting good value

– Ways to ensure that participants are fully engaged and enjoying your lessons – and wanting to return!

The fee for this course is just £60 for feedback on 4 lesson plans and our discussion of this.

Feedback on one-off lesson plans can be arranged for £15 per lesson.

Please send enquiries via my contact page: Contact

Watch this space for further forthcoming courses in Facilitation Skills.

About my teaching –

Since 2011 I’ve taught over 650 workshops for 15 different charities and educational organisations in lifelong learning and Higher Education, specialising in fiction (novel-writing, short stories, flash fiction), poetry, prose poetry, drama and life writing for adult learners and for undergraduates.

Since February 2017 I’ve been a Director of the National Association of Writers in Education. I have a PTLLS City & Guilds teaching certificate (West Herts College, 2014), and completed the Institute of Education’s Facilitator Development training programme in 2018.

I’ve facilitated workshops at the Annual Conference for the National Association of Writers in Education (2016, 2017 & 2018) and for the UK Flash Fiction Festival (2017, 2018), and the Hastings Literary Festival (2018). I will be teaching again at the UK Flash Fiction Festival in June 2019.

If you’re interested to develop your teaching career, I’d love to offer you help with any aspects of teaching creative writing to adults. Please do get in touch to discuss topics such as advanced lesson planning techniques, course design, creative ideas for writing tasks, feedback techniques, managing groups, creating the right environment, as well as providing mentoring support for general career development / planning as a freelance tutor.

Feedback from my students about my teaching can be found here:

Please get in touch by email if you would like support to develop your teaching career.

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