I began my teaching career with the WEA (Workers’ Education Association) in 2004. My first ever class was a Creative Writing class. I’ve also taught English Literature for the WEA. I have a Level 4 City & Guilds teaching qualification that is focussed on teaching adults.
During my time as a teacher, I have also taught for Adult Community Learning Essex, teaching a successful Creative Writing class, GCSE English and English Literature for the Access course (which is the equivalent of an A Level class).
I’ve also taught for Tutor Doctor – helping a variety of school aged children with their English studies. Additionally, I have worked with special needs learners as well as on occasion taught guitar.
I began writing in High School and have since written for a variety of readers: local community newspaper correspondent, newsletters for various communities, website text, songs, poetry, plays, musicals, children’s novels and short stories.
I enjoyed being ‘Backstage Dave’ – the roving reporter for the Harlow Playhouse Theatre Company for a while. I’ve also enjoyed editing, compiling and publishing two anthologies of my class’s work to raise money for them, as well as my own Poetry Collection – Tunnel Vision.
It is in recent years that I’ve become a published writer with ZigZag Education – English Literature study guides and worked as a copywriter for Car&Driving – an automotive news agency, writing articles for local newspapers.
Working as a copywriter really helped me to develop my writing craft. You learn how to deliver under pressure and how to write concise, understandable text. It also helps your confidence to soar.
It’s this combined experience that will allow me to help you to improve your own writing skills. Please get in touch to chat about what support you’d like.