If you need in-depth critical feedback on your work, our one-to-one tutorials are perfect. Designed to help you identify the strengths of your work, as well as where and how it can be developed and honed our tutorials comprise one hour preparation by the tutor and one hour in-person tutorial. Suitable for experienced writers.

Venue, time & date to be decided between participant and tutor




Duration:  One hour preparation, followed by a one hour face-to-face tutorial
Venue, time & date: To be decided with tutor
Cost:  £110
Booking Code: WSTUT16

If you need in-depth critical feedback on your work our one-to-one tutorials are perfect. Designed to help you identify the strengths of your writing, as well as where and how it can be developed and honed, our tutorials comprise one hour preparation by the tutor and one hour in-person tutorial.

Time, date and where the tutorial will take place is decided between participants and tutors.

Please send up to 150 lines of poetry or 2000 words of prose in advance of the tutorial.

Suitable for experienced writers.

Tutorial tutors 2017/18 are:

Leicester: Wayne Burrows, Alison Dunne, John Gallas, Divya Ghelani, Maxine Linnell, Lydia Towsey, Polly Tuckett, Anthony Cropper

Nottingham: Stephen Booth, Alex Davis, Megan Taylor, Victoria Villasenor, Anthony Cropper

Derby: Alex Davis

If you have a tutor that you’d particularly like to work with, please do let us know by email: courses@writingschooleastmidlands.co.uk

About the Tutorial Tutors

STEPHEN BOOTH is a former newspaper journalist and the author of 16 novels in the award-winning Cooper and Fry crime series, featuring Derbyshire police detectives Ben Cooper and Diane Fry. Translated into 16 languages, his books have won awards on both sides of the Atlantic, and are currently in development for a TV series. Stephen lives in Nottinghamshire and has led crime writing courses for Writing School East Midlands.

WAYNE BURROWS’ most recent publications are Black Glass: New & Selected Poems and Exotica Suite & Other Fictions (Shoestring) and Eastern Bloc Songs: A Sampler (Nottingham Contemporary). Exotica Suite has also been released as a full length album featuring musical performances of the written texts, made in collaboration with Paul Isherwood (The Soundcarriers).

ALEX DAVIS is a writer, publisher and literature professional with a decade of experience in the writing industry. His novel The Last War was released in 2015.  Alongside writing he runs Boo Books, a small press based in Derby, as well as running the annual Edge-Lit and Sledge-Lit horror, SF and fantasy events in Derby. He is an experienced tutor with more than 30 extended courses and 50 shorter workshops to his name.

ALISON DUNNE has been teaching creative writing for over twenty years. She is a poet, performer, fiction writer and playwright. Her play Girls with Balls premiered at Curve Leicester in 2015 and Cloaks premiered at Buxton Fringe in July 2016. Alison’s work has been published, won competitions and been broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

New Zealand poet JOHN GALLAS has published sixteen collections including The Song Atlas, and 40 Lies (pictures by Sarah Kirkby). The Little Sublime Comedy is due from Carcanet in 2017. He is a Fellow of the English Association, a Librettist for Toads on a Tapestry (a Magna Carta Cantata), and The Iris Murder (opera by Alasdair Nicolson) and poet for this year’s St Magnus Festival, Orkney.

DIVYA GHELANI has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. She is working on her debut novel Runaway; shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Prize for New Writing and long-listed for the 2016 Deborah Roger’s Foundation Prize. She is a London @WordFactoryUK Apprentice and will be Artist in Residence at Waterstones Piccadilly from Sept 2016.

MAXINE LINNELL has six published books, including Vintage and Closer, she has also published poetry and a stage play. “The most realistic, most compelling read I’ve come across for a long time.” Carousel. An experienced psychotherapist and teacher, she now works as an editor, mentor and creative writing teacher, and writes book critiques. Maxine’s debut poetry collection is forthcoming from Soundswrite Press in 2017.

MEGAN TAYLOR is a tutor for our Nottingham School. She is the author of three novels, How We Were Lost, The Dawning and The Lives of Ghosts and a short story collection, The Woman Under the Ground. She has an MA in Novel Writing, with Distinction, from Manchester Metropolitan University and has been enjoying running creative writing workshops for over six years.

LYDIA TOWSEY has over fifteen years’ experience of writing, performing and teaching. She’s spoken at the House of Lords, performed at London’s 100 Club and toured the spoken word performance ‘Three the Hard Way’ with Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, Shruti Chauhan and Alison Dunne. Lydia is the Chair and Compere of WORD! Her collection The Venus Papers is published by Burning Eye Books.

POLLY TUCKETT is a Leicester based writer and a qualified creative writing tutor with over 15 years teaching experience. Her short fiction has been shortlisted for the Bridport and Fish prizes and her debut short story pamphlet is forthcoming from Stonewood Press in 2017.

VICTORIA VILLASENOR is a development editor for a publishing house in New York and also runs the social enterprise Global Words. She works with marginalized communities throughout the Midlands on writing projects, and is a multi-published author.

ANTHONY CROPPER is a previous winner of the BBC Alfred Bradley Award for Radio Drama. He has published two novels, a collection of short stories and has worked with numerous arts organisations on installations and performances. Anthony worked with Bristol Old Vic on the thirty minute film (Myself in Other Lives). For ten years he has taught creative and professional writing at the University of Nottingham and has led workshops both in this country and abroad.

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