Teaching

Victoria is an experienced creative writing tutor and has tutored for the Creative Writing Summer School at St Andrews since 2010 and for the Open College of the Arts (OCA) since 2013. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, which recognises excellence in teaching, and is registered with the Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature Database.

She is available for readings, Q&A sessions, workshops, one-to-one mentoring, manuscript appraisals and residential courses. Recent workshops include ‘Flash Fiction’ at the Ilkley Literary Festival and ‘Writing and Walking’ at Sheffield’s ‘Off the Shelf’ Book Festival.

Victoria enjoys teaching writers of all levels, from beginners to those finalising their work for publication. She teaches fiction, poetry and life writing (biography, autobiography, creative non-fiction), and has co-written courses for the OCA including ‘Foundations in Creative Writing’, aimed at those students with little or no writing experience. She regularly contributes blogs on writing issues for the OCA website.

She also has an MA in Art History from the University of Sussex and teaches on the OCA’s ‘Creative Arts Today’ course, which requires students to respond to contemporary art forms including painting, video, textiles, illustration, photography and graphic design. She is keen to work with other practitioners and specialists to develop interdisciplinary workshops and courses. She is particularly interested in the visual arts, science, and the natural world.

Victoria gives talks for the ‘Retirement is Opportunity’ course and ‘Friday Evening Lecture’ series, which are both part of the University of St Andrews’ Open Association. Topics include John Ruskin: His Life and Work, Contemporary Poetry and Science, Writers and their Letters, and Contemporary British Nature Writing.

Victoria gives poetry workshops in schools on topics from Greek mythology to World War Two, and is happy to devise workshops and courses to fit with existing curricula and interests.