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 University for the Creative Arts (by distance) since 2013. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, which recognises excellence in teaching.

She is available for readings, Q&A sessions, workshops, one-to-one mentoring, manuscript appraisals and residential courses. She has led workshops at Sheffield’s ‘Off the Shelf’ Book Festival and Ilkley Literature Festival and is registered with the Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature Database. Please use the contact form to contact Victoria about any aspect of her teaching and availability.

Victoria enjoys teaching writers of all levels, from complete beginners to those finalising their work for publication. She teaches fiction, poetry and life writing, and has co-written courses for the UCA including ‘Foundations in Creative Writing’, ‘Writing Skills’ and ‘Starting Your Novel’. She regularly contributes blogs on creative writing topics for the OCA website.

She also has an MA in Art History from the University of Sussex and is currently completing a Foundation Course in Photography. She teaches on the UCA’s theoretical course ‘Creative Arts Today’, which covers the visual arts including photography, video and textiles. She is keen to work with other practitioners to develop interdisciplinary workshops and courses, and 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.