Teaching

I teach 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, Leith 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 Fiction for New Media

A new course at the University of Edinburgh for 2018, covering location-based storytelling, interactive fiction, narrative in games, audio and a range of fascinating stories told in new forms.

Students work on an individual project of their choice throughout the term, supported by a structured process and constructive, friendly feedback.

Improve Your Fiction

A workshop course for intermediate writers. Tune up your skills in a ten-week programme which explores generating ideas, plotting short and longer works, sensory writing, theme and suspense.

The syllabus is bookended by sessions on self-appraisal and career planning. In week one, students consider what kind of writer they are, and in week ten I suggest future steps to achieve their goals.

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.