🔶 discussion focused – gain new perspectives from peers
🔶 collaborative and active – everyone can contribute
🔶 small groups
“I really enjoyed the course and I loved how you explained everything very clearly and comprehensively.
I learnt so much and I will enjoy writing poems even more now! I always write it down when a poem comes into my head and you have encouraged me even more to do so.
Thank you very much for a spectacular six weeksI” Student
My child is really shy. What if they don’t want to talk?
Don’t worry! Many students are shy when they first join the class. I am friendly and encouraging but never insist a student must talk. They have the opportunity to just listen, or type into the chat box. Over time, I have found that even the shyest students find themselves unable to resist joining in!
What if my child can’t keep up with the content?
Each session is designed to be entirely flexible. If I find that a student is having difficulty with the content, I can go back over material at their pace. They are never made to feel inadequate.
My child does not like doing homework. Do you make them do it?
Homework is set each week. However, it is up to each family to decide what is right for them. If homework is sent back to me, I will always comment on it, giving encouragement rather than correction. If homework is not sent back to me, I will not comment on this during class or chase for it.
The nitty gritty…
🔶 Classes last one hour
🔶 Six week short courses
🔶 Classes are held on Zoom
🔶 All course are priced at £90 each
🔶 Visual learners benefit from slides during class and emailed afterwards
🔶 Questions are encouraged
🔶 Writing, sharing and feedback opportunities during the class
I create bespoke courses for student groups around the world to fit their schedule and curriculum. Below are courses I can run for groups of 6 students. If you don’t see one that suits your group, get in touch to see what I can create for you!
Introduction to Creative Writing (ages 10-12/13)
Week 1: Planning and structure
Week 2: Writing effective settings
Week 3: Getting across your characters
Week 4: Building tension
Week 5: Effective Endings
Week 6: Upleveling your writing
Advanced Creative Writing (ages 12+)
Week 1: Using literary techniques
Week 2: Writing from different points of view
Week 3: Writing in the gothic genre
Week 4: Writing myths and legends
Week 5: Writing play scripts
Week 6: Exploring mini sagas
Creative Writing Club -for enthusiastic writers
For students who enjoy writing and would like to share their writing with their peers, and learn new techniques. Students have the opportunity to share writing they have done between sessions with the group, learn a mini-topic each week, and spend time during the session writing for feedback. At the end of each session, the slides from class will be shared to the group via email.
Introduction to Writing and Understanding Poetry 1 (ages 10-12/13)
Week 1: Introducing poetry
Week 2: Understanding figurative language in poetry
Week 3: Haikus, List Poems and Cinquains
Week 4: Kennings and Sonnets
Week 5: Narrative Poems
Week 6: Analysing Poetry
Introduction to Writing and Understanding Poetry 2 (ages 10-12/13)
Week 1: Riddle poems
Week 2: Bio poems
Week 3: Odes
Week 4: Ballads
Week 5: Dialogue Poems
Week 6: Protest Poems
Advanced Poetry Analysis (ages 13+)
This course is for students who are getting ready to start a GCSE English course and would like to develop their ability to analyse poems more deeply and learn to answer analysis question that require three paragraph structured responses.
Introduction to Evaluating Texts (ages 10-12/13)
Week 1: Understanding literal questions
Week 2: Understanding inference questions
Week 3: Introducing evaluation
Week 4: Prediction
Week 5: Making sense of unknown words
Week 6: Summarising the text
Evaluating Texts Next Steps (ages 12+)
Week 1: Fiction part 1 – analysing settings
Week 2: Fiction part 2 – analysing characters
Week 3: Fiction part 3 – analysing language
Week 4: Non-fiction texts – analysing audience and purpose
Week 5: Poetry part 1 – themes
Week 6: Poetry part 2 – language use
Introduction to Effective Writing (ages 10-12/13)
Week 1: Recounts
Week 2: Biographies
Week 3: Letters
Week 4: Newspaper articles
Week 5: Writing to argue
Week 6: Writing to persuade
Introduction to Essay Writing (ages 11-14/15)
Week 1: Types of essays and writing thesis statements
Week 2: Introductory paragraphs and hooks
Week 3: Main body paragraphs and supporting evidence
Week 4: Conclusions and challenges
Week 5: Reflective essays
Week 6: Descriptive essays