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.


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


  • Workshop on life writing for the Northumberland Federation of Women’s Institutes.
  • Creative Writing taster for wellbeing group at Cornerstones (Chester le Street Methodist Church).
  • Artist Practitioner for Paul Hamlyn Teacher Development Fund MaGPiE Project with Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (2019-2021). The project involved working in collaboration with a visual artist, museum staff, researchers, and teachers in order to support the delivery of effective arts-based teaching in the primary classroom. My role included designing and delivering CPD for teachers, delivering creative activities in schools, and producing learning resources for teachers on how to use museum exhibits to prompt creative writing (you can see some of these resources here).
  • Workshops for the Northern Writers Studio Summer School on Ways Into Writing (with Sarah Davy) and Micro-fiction.
  • Series of writing workshops at Fenham Allotments/online to engage and support people in recovery as part of Nicola Lynch’s Fenham Recovery Garden residency.
  • Poetry workshop for International Women’s Day event at WHiST, South Shields (March 2019).
  • ‘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 (Cramlington) – 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).

Creative Writing Courses:

  • Monthly Gather Creative Writing Group for Northern Writers Studio (January 2022-ongoing).
  • Series of creative writing workshops for RT Projects, a mental health charity that uses art as a tool to give people resilience and a creative outlet (March-May 2021).
  • Online creative writing courses for The Cultural Spring (November 2020-ongoing).
  • Online creative writing courses for the WEA (March 2020-ongoing).
  • WEA Creative Writing courses at various venues including Newcastle Mining Institute, Brunswick Methodist Church, Morpeth Methodist Church, South Shields Museum, Washington MIND, Shiney Advice and Resource Project, and Blyth Resource Centre.
  • 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).
  • ‘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.

“I had such a wonderful and relaxing time – it was an amazing course.”

Student – WEA Online Taster Session

“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.