I enjoy giving readings and facilitating workshops on a range of creative writing themes, for community groups and festivals. I’m an able and enthusiastic judge for writing competitions.
Recent seminars I’ve given include a general introduction to creative writing at Clarkston Library as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, and a seminar on e-publishing at the Scottish Writers’ Centre.
I’m registered with the Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature author database. Click the link for my writer’s page on the Scottish Book Trust website.
For general enquiries about my availability for events, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Since April 2004 I’ve worked with the Open University, teaching two of their creative writing courses: A174 Start Writing Fiction and A215 Creative Writing. A174 is no more, but between those two modules I’ve helped over a thousand students achieve their goals of developing their skills and finding creative expression through creative writing.
For more information see http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/a215/text/index.html
For many years, I ran classes for North Lanarkshire Council, tutoring weekly leisure classes, and one-to-one mentoring sessions. While attached to the Community Learning and Development section I formed strong links with North Motherwell women’s writing group The Birobabes and with Airdrie’s Men with Pens. For some years I was the regular tutor for Hamilton’s independent writing group Hieton Writers. I’ve also worked as a tutor through Cardonald College in Glasgow and once ran classes in creative writing (in English) for Spanish young people and adults attending the British Council schools in Madrid, which was challenging, inspiring and fun!