Victoria is an experienced creative writing tutor; she tutored for the Creative Writing Summer School at the University of St Andrews for ten years and for the Open College of the Arts for eight years. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, which recognises excellence in teaching.
She offers one-to-one mentoring and manuscript appraisals and is also available for readings, Q&A sessions, workshops and residential courses. She has led workshops at many book festivals including Sheffield’s ‘Off the Shelf’ Book Festival and Ilkley Literature Festival, and is registered with the Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature Database. Victoria gives talks and writing workshops for schools and community groups, and is happy to devise workshops and courses to fit with existing interests.
To connect with Victoria about any aspect of her teaching or writing, please get in touch via the contact form.
“Victoria’s approach to editing and storytelling is rigorous, considered and comprehensive, yet also brings with it her own personal brand of enthusiasm, kindness and her vast reservoir of experience as teacher and writer. She is a joy to work with, leaving one with a precious sense of uplift and possibility afterwards. ”
Lauren Mackenzie, mentee.
“Writing a novel is a lonely experience and I was suffering from ‘imposter syndrome’, convinced that I was wasting my time. What I liked most about working with Vicky was that her feedback was so encouraging and inspired me to keep going but, at the same time, she also provides an honest and useful appraisal. I would highly recommend Vicky’s critique services to any writer at any stage of their writing process.”
Gemma Al-Khayat, mentee.
“Vicky is a very accomplished editor with a sharp eye for factual, grammatical and stylistic detail as well as a strong sense of the overall manuscript. Her comments on rhythm, sound, and my verbal tics helped me to polish my style. Her readings of my characters and plot were sensitive and thoughtful. This gentle but rigorous approach made it easy for me to absorb any constructive criticisms, knowing that Vicky had faith in my overall project and my ability to achieve it. ”
Charlotte Clutterbuck, mentee.