I work mainly for the Sheffield Gifted and Talented scheme through Writers into Sheffield Schools which is a group of Sheffield writers dedicated to getting children and young people writing. I am also available for workshops at schools generally in Sheffield and surrounding towns and counties. Sometimes these workshops take place in the school, but often we go out to places of historical or environmental interest, museums and art galleries.
Adult and Community:
I run Creative Writing and Literature classes for the WEA and other organisations which want to get adults involved in writing. Over the years I’ve worked in secure units, residential homes, centres for the physically disabled and mentally challenged. I’ve done lots of workshops for Sheffield’s literary festival, Off the Shelf, and generally in Sheffield museums and galleries.
I'm a tutor and assessor for the Open College of the Arts which offers distance learning degrees in the visual arts, music and creative writing. At the moment, I'm tutoring on four modules, Art of Poetry, Writing Skills, Narrative and Dialogue at Level 1; and Your Own Portfolio at level 3. It's a great opportunity to help writers who can't attend a university course, but want to improve their writing and/or gain a degree in Creative Writing.
Referring to an adult workshop at Weston Park museum, Sheffield........
"Thanks again for a lovely afternoon escaping from the snow. I'm telling all my friends what a good afternoon they sadly missed."