Having spent years developing my own creative practice and finally achieving the dream of being a published author I am keen to help others succeed in what can be a lonely and dispiriting business, although the ultimate reward of seeing your book in print does make it all worthwhile!
Over the last few years I have been working with emerging writers of all ages, from as young as 4 to those in their 90s, through workshops, masterclasses and courses. I aim to deliver practical sessions that allow writers to feel they are going away having learnt something concrete that they can apply to their own work. Sessions typically include a mix of discussion, writing activities, reading examples of creative writing and include a chance for writers to share their work with the group for feedback.
Those who have taken part in my sessions frequently come back for more and some have also progressed further by taking advantage of my editorial, mentoring and critiquing services designed to help emerging writers get their work to publishable standard. Drawing on my background as a qualified and experienced English teacher, I have formally taught creative writing from primary school, GCSE and A level to undergraduate/HE level as well as working extensively in the adult education sector, running leisure courses.
I always tailor sessions to the specific needs of groups/individuals and am happy to discuss your requirements with you and work with you/your organisation to make sure I deliver exactly what you need.
In addition to my workshops and courses, I have also given numerous talk about my writing and my experiences of becoming a writer to groups all over the UK, Ireland and even as far afield as the USA. I am happy to share my story with those interested in finding out what being a writer is like as well as doing readings, interviews and taking part in panels and Q&A sessions. As a former teacher I am confident public speaker and frequently give conference papers about creative writing. My particular area of interest as a writer is using fact in fiction, something all my novels and many of my short stories do and I am always happy to engage in debate about this or any other aspect of my writing life.
Since completing my creative writing PhD I have also held two Writer-in-Residence commissions. The first was for the Silent Voices project based in Helmsley, North Yorkshire. The project worked with pupils from Helmsley Community Primary School on the production of creative writing inspired by the nearby Rievaulx Abbey. This work then formed part of an installation of art work at the abbey in April 2017. This was an Arts Council England and English Heritage funded project. The second W-i-R post was for Crossing the Tees Book Festival where my remit was to develop a new short story competition for the festival including: designing and delivering a series of short story writing workshops; mentoring writers one-to-one on their short story writing; promoting and publicising the competition.
I am always happy to travel both within the UK and internationally for the opportunity to work with emerging writers, develop new commissions or meet readers.
I am an author and freelance creative writing tutor from Teesside. Awarded my creative writing PhD in 2017, I am a qualified English teacher experienced in delivering creating writing courses and workshops. I won the 2013 HISSAC short story prize, was runner up in the 2013 and 2014 Cinnamon Press short story competitions, won the 2011 Writers Block NE Home Tomorrow Short Story Competition, was shortlisted for the 2012 Bristol Short Story Competition and the 2015 Mslexia Women’s Short Story Competition. Parts 1 and 2 of my Celtic Colours Trilogy, Green Dawn at St Enda’s and Herself Alone in Orange Rain, were released in 2016 and 2017 with part 3, White Leaves of Peace, due for publication at Easter 2019 and a 4th novel, Rock God Complex, to appear in 2020. My short stories have appeared in; Prole, Litro, Neon, Tears in the Fence, Momaya Annual Review, The Yellow Room and Writer’s Muse.