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 Workshops’.

This course is by email and / or Skype/Zoom. You will submit sample lesson plans, usually two or three at a time, and I’ll provide feedback, suggestions and coaching based on teaching best practice. The number of mentoring / coaching sessions in this arrangement is flexible.

Through this process you’ll learn –

– Advanced strategies for increasing participant engagement

– 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 lots from your classes and therefore feeling they’re getting good value

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


Fees – £15 per lesson plan. One-to-one mentoring / coaching sessions – £25 for 45 mins, £30 for 60 mins. To enquire, please send a message via my contact page: Contact

About my teaching –

Since 2011 I’ve taught over 700 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.

As well as teaching regularly in Higher Education and Adult Community Education since 2011, I’ve facilitated workshops at the Annual Conference for the National Association of Writers in Education (2016, 2017 & 2018), the UK Flash Fiction Festival (2017, 2018, 2019), the Hastings Literary Festival (2018) and Malmesbury Festival (2019). I will be teaching again at the N.A.W.E. Conference in November 2019.

If you’re interested to develop your teaching career or need help designing a particular course, I’d love to offer you help with any aspects of teaching adults. Please do get in touch to discuss topics such as advanced lesson planning techniques, creative ideas for writing tasks and learning activities, feedback techniques, managing groups, and creating the right environment. I can also provide ongoing mentoring support for career development 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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