I regularly give talks and workshops to schools, writing societies and other groups.
Check out my Scottish Book Trust Live Literature page here.
I’ve worked as a tutor of creative writing for sixteen years. I run workshops and seminars on all aspects of writing, including:
- An Introduction to Creative Writing
- Writing short stories
- Writing novels
- Writing poetry
- Writing drama: stage or screen
- Genre fiction: science fiction, fantasy, crime or horror
- Editing fiction
- Finding an agent or publisher
I’ve worked with writers of all levels and abilities, but nervous beginners are my specialty.
For Schools: Help with Writing Portfolios
Teachers are often unsure how to tutor their pupils in creative writing; this is where I can help. I provide sessions especially designed for pupils sitting National 5, Higher or Advanced Higher English. These workshops and seminars assist students in developing their short stories, poems and other creative pieces. I focus on helping each student cultivate their own unique voice, while still paying attention to the special requirements of each genre and being aware of the importance of editing.
I can also offer similar sessions on creative non-fiction, to help with discursive or reflective portfolio writing.
Please contact me for more details. If you have Live Literature funding, my Scottish Book Trust page is here.
Talks on My Works
Cold City: Writing a First Novel
An informal session on the exhausting, hair-raising and wonderful process of writing your first novel. I’ll take you from first inspiration to final publication, with examples of what to do – and what not to do – drawn from my own experience of writing Cold City.
A talk on the true story behind the novel. A brief history of the Battle of Britain, and the magical and occult beliefs held by both sides. How a coven of witches helped to stop Hitler’s invasion in its tracks.
Suitable for adults or school students aged 13+.
If you’d like to see a Powerpoint presentation in advance, please contact me.