Teaching

I enjoy teaching creative writing and performance skills. My regular courses run at the University of Edinburgh, but I’ve also taught at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and in community outreach with Inky Fingers. If you would be interested in a custom version of any of the following courses, please get in touch.

Writing Flash Fiction

A course for beginning to intermediate writers. Flash fiction offers the novice a chance for rapid progress by completing many works in a short space of time. More experienced students will benefit from the compression and discipline that flash fiction demands, and will be able to take new skills into their longer work.

The course normally runs through the Office of Lifelong Learning at Edinburgh University and is organised in two blocks of ten classes. The second term includes a major class project. I’m taking a year off this class in 2014/15 to develop another — see below.

This course is also adaptable to a single term or one-day format.

Performing Your Writing

The twenty-first century writer has to do their own publicity, and one of the most direct opportunities is a reading. The reaction of a live audience is also the ultimate form of creative writing workshop.

This course has run in various formats, from a one-day intensive to a more leisurely evening class. It is intended for writers of any kind who would like to read their material on stage. It’s suitable for all levels, from absolute beginners up to experienced performers who would like to refine their technique and learn a few new tricks.

Included: what to read; how to cut for performance; confidence building; stage presence; breathing; varying your delivery; projection and handling a microphone.

Improve Your Fiction

A new course in development for the University of Edinburgh in 2014/15. This will include plotting short and longer works, sensory writing, self-appraisal and career planning.