Creative Writing

Creative Writing means your voice comes first, your story is what matters.

In my Creative Writing tuition you learn how to use your own ideas and make changes in your writing with the focus on stories, articles, letters, journal entries, poems, plays (yes, really), interviews, speeches, blogs, even recipes. The work is varied, fun, challenging and zips along at a happy pace.

Vocabulary choice is meaningful and we will not be including extra adjectives where they do not belong! Stories are more than a collection of correct phrases; they are feelings and events wrapped up into paragraphs where you bring your dreams to life.

In our lessons, encouragement is at hand, kindness is always in the room with us, laughter is never left waiting for long.

My Creative Writing tuition has been built up over years of leading school workshops and clubs, teaching my own sons when they were home educated, running groups for adults and children and thousands of hours spent in one-to-one lessons with students of all ages and abilities.

Tuition can prepare for tests and exams, or encourage a reluctant writer (or reader) to enjoy English and Creative Writing. Students who are already keen writers will be able to try new methods in their stories, as well as gaining advice in all matters books and publishing.

Creative Writing can be for fun, for school, or because you need to write, no matter what.

English Literature

English Literature can feel like carrying water in the palm of your hand - how do you get from here to there without losing it all?

One-to-one tuition offers the chance to make the most of this subject. To ensure your Literature grade reflects the effort (and tears and early bedtimes) that you put into it, learn how to look right into stories and poems and find just what you need to create a great piece of work.

The secret to English Literature success is not about how many quotes you can memorise, or how much you know about the marking scheme. It is about diving into books, plays and poems and surfacing, treasure in hand - then talking about what the treasure is, what it looks like to you, how others might see it and the touch of light gleaming across it.

English Literature is understanding the worlds hidden behind the words, and knowing how to describe them. My tuition focuses on what each student needs, building knowledge and appreciation as we go.

English Language

My English Language tuition helps you to write effectvely across the exams, whether you are trying to deconstruct an article or build a story out of nothing.

As well as learning new, sparkling ways of creating prose, I guide you through the most interesting and mark-magnetic-methods of writing articles, letters, speeches and so on.

I have written many books on creative writing for different ages and abilities. I know the challenges people face when it comes to this tricky part of English study.

English Language and Creative Writing can be studied together as Creative Writing supports work needed for the English Language exam.

Specialised tuition to boost your grade.

I have developed a successful method for helping students of all abilities gain higher grades in their GCSE English Language and Literature using a specialised poetry study system.

Poetry skills are essential for the GCSE English Literature exam. The anthology poems and unseen poetry section make up a substantial part of your marks and answering successfully in these sections will increase your overall grade and can be an exam saver. My focused poetry tuition makes the most of this potential grade boost and past students have raised their grades from 3 to 5, 4 to 6, with one student going right up to a 7 from a 3!

This specialised method also helps with the English Language exam as you become adept at 'picking apart' a piece of writing you have never seen before. Understanding how to explore a poem and explain your thoughts also enables you to write about the deeper, more subtle meanings present in the Language texts.

Creative Writing is also boosted by understanding the structure and language use within poems as you learn how to develop those aspects in your own writing, making you more likely to increase your grade.

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Online lessons are via Skype. Skype lessons can be with or without the video as some students prefer not to be on camera. We can even do lessons by Skype messages without the video or microphone, if a student feels happier typing to communicate.

Lessons are from 30 minutes long, and most students choose lessons of either half an hour or an hour. Homework is given and forms an important part of the tuition.

I tutor across the exam boards and am happy to help with re-sits and intensive catch-up lessons before exams.

I tutor all ages, from Primary through to A Level. I also tutor adult learners.

All work is adjusted to suit each student and their needs and abilities.  I home educated my own children and am always happy to help students who are studying independently.

English GCSE or pre-GCSE lessons can be split between Creative Writing, Language and Literature/Poetry. If you would like to know more, or to ask something in particular, please use the Contact form to get in touch.