Creative writing classes



Dalhousie Building, Hawkhill, Dundee


Coming in 2020!

Write That Novel!

 Tuesday 6.30 – 8.30       Starts 28 January – 5 weeks          Fee: £40/£35

In the middle of a project, or currently mulling over ideas for a new story? Perhaps you need some more information before you start. This course takes a personal approach, guiding you along the way with five weeks of exercises, prompts and advice tailored to suit your individual needs as a writer.

To book, click HERE

Finding Inspiration through Folklore

‘There’s no such thing as an original idea.’ (Mark Twain)

For as long as humans have been able to tell stories they have been finding ways to re-imagine them. This series of five workshops is a must for everyone with an interest in the creative arts. We’ll look at the various themes and ideas associated with our storytelling heritage and discover what they can bring to our own practice, whether that’s writing, drawing, poetry, music, needlework, craft, etc.

WEEK 1 An introduction- Scottish folklore and how to be a ‘story keeper.’

WEEK 2 If you go down to the woods today –the forest and the folklore of trees

WEEK 3 Sink or swim – the mythology of water

WEEK 4 If stones could speak – from pebbles to mountain. Why we’re drawn to rock




I’ll also be facilitating some exciting workshops throughout the year as part of Chasing Time. If you feel the need to retreat and get down to some serious writing business, click HERE to check out our Chasing Time website. 2020 programme coming soon!



Credit-bearing module at the University of Dundee.

From September, I’ll be acting as Module Convenor and tutor on the Starting Creative Writing module at the University of Dundee. Click HERE for more details.


The following sessions WRITING SUMMER SCHOOL are now finished, but each block can be done online if distance is an object. Contact me for more information:


Weekly sessions beginning in June, 2018.

WRITING SUMMER SCHOOL at the Two Sisters Café, Carnoustie.

Beginning something new can be daunting, and the wealth of writing courses, opportunities and advice on offer may seem confusing and perhaps even intimidating for fledgling writers keen to dip their toes in the creative pool. What you really need is a safe, supportive space in which to try out your ideas.

book-signingThat’s where I come in!

From June, I will be running weekly classes at the Two Sisters Café, Carnoustie – a fun and friendly introduction to fiction, poetry and life writing. I can’t promise you a career like J.K. Rowling, but I can guarantee cake and creativity! Sessions run from 7pm-9pm every Tuesday. Come along and try something different, make new friends and enjoy some free tea and cake. Spaces are limited, please contact me to reserve a place.


First Steps in Fiction

4-week block (June 5-26)

*generating ideas





Poetry for Pleasure
4-week block (July 3-31, no class on July 17th)

*rhyme or reason?

*finding form

*metaphorically speaking

*nature poetry

Creative Non-Fiction

4-week block (Aug 7-28)

*Journals, letters and blogs

*A tale to tell: life writing and memoir

*Travel writing

*Creativity and wellbeing


Each four-week block is £40 (payable in advance), and can be taken separately. However, sign up for all three blocks before June (£120) and enjoy a £30 discount!

Can’t get to the venue? No problem; the course can be delivered online. Contact me for details.

Gift vouchers available.




Classes are subject to minimum numbers.

All fees payable in advance via BACS or cheque (or at the first class, by arrangement).

Coaching/mentoring fees will be discussed on application, and may be paid on a weekly or monthly basis in advance.




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