Courses & Workshops

“Amanda manages to create an inclusive group that allows each participant to achieve their own goals. Each writer is valued and their work celebrated – everyone is given the opportunity to learn and to contribute.”

Student – WEA Creative Writing at Brunswick Methodist Church

If you’d like me to run a course or workshop or to talk/read at an event please contact me.

I’m an experienced adult education tutor who can help people from all backgrounds develop their skills and enjoy writing. I teach creative writing for the Workers Educational Association and other organisations and deliver workshops and other writing related projects in various settings.

My sessions are designed to be inspiring and enjoyable. I work hard to make sure everyone feels included and I’ve had excellent feedback from participants.

You can find out about upcoming courses and workshops on my news page.

 

Exercises in writing dialogue.

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

Here are some of the workshops and courses I’ve delivered in the last few years:

Workshops/Projects:

  • ‘Brief Encounters: Writing and teaching flash fiction’ workshop at the National Association of Writers in Education Conference 2018
  • Delivered series of six writing workshops to help adults, children and young people respond creatively to the SEAM exhibition at Newcastle Mining Institute (June-August 2018).
  • ‘Postcard Stories’ – stall at the Great Exhibition of the North Family Expo to encourage children and young people to write and read flash fiction (August 2018).
  • Lead writer for the Durham Cuckoo Young Writers group looking at short fiction (June-July 2017)
  • Workshop on flash fiction for Lit and Phil open day (2017)
  • Northern Butterflies – working with adults with learning difficulties to develop their writing and storytelling abilities (Jan-April 2017)
  • Workshop on flash fiction for Books on Tyne at Lit and Phil (2016)
  • Creative Writing Taster Session at Women’s Health in South Tyneside (2016)
  • Workshop on flash fiction for New Writing North Creative Writing for Teachers Programme (2015)
  • Want to write but don’t know where to start? – workshop for beginner writers for Books on Tyne at Newcastle City Library (2015).
  • Lit and Phil Young Writers Awards Mentor (2015)
  • Workshops on short fiction for New Writing North Young Writers City programme (2015)
  • Workshop on flash fiction for North Pens Writing Group (2015)
  • Judge for Hysteria Writing Competition (2014)

Courses:

  • WEA Creative Writing at Newcastle Mining Institute
  • WEA Creative Writing at Brunswick Methodist Church
  • WEA Creative Writing at South Shields Museum
  • WEA Creative Writing at Washington MIND
  • WEA Creative Writing at Shiney Advice and Resource Project
  • WEA Creative Storytelling at Washington Resource Centre – working with adults with learning disabilities to encourage them to write, tell and draw stories.
  • Creative Writing at Women’s Health in South Tyneside (WHiST)
  • WEA Creative Writing at Blyth Resource Centre
  • ‘Happy Jotters’ Writing Class at Gateshead Carers

 

I also offer a mentoring and critique service – information on this one-to-one support for writers is available here.

 

“A positive, encouraging and supportive atmosphere in which to discover your own creativity.”

Student – WEA Creative Writing at Brunswick Methodist Church

 

Using paint charts to inspire poetry.

 

“A delightful, easy-going introduction to writing in a friendly environment”

Workshop participant – Books on Tyne

 

Group notes on editing.