I offer academic tutoring from GCSE English Language and Literature, up to essay writing at Postgraduate level or, outside of academia, for non-native English speakers, or those who simply have an avid interest in creative writing and editing. This includes students studying at institutions worldwide, or through open university. I provide bespoke sessions, but my preferred teaching method is by way of workshops (one to one or group workshops) as I believe this is by far the best way to improve; it gets you writing and analysing your own work.
The student produces a piece of writing before the workshop (roughly 500-1000 words), which I then edit and annotate. This allows the entirety of the workshop to be spent in analysis and improvement, rather than half of it being wasted reading. If the student lives too far to make a face to face session practicable, the option for feedback to be sent electronically is available. Zoom/Skype/Microsoft Teams workshops are also available.
Depending on the level of study, the first workshop may need to be an assessment of the student's academic ability/tutoring requirements.
Workshops 45-60 minutes. Workshop cost includes up to 2 hours of editing outside of the workshop.
I am also happy to undertake writing and editing tasks of any nature. The hourly fee of £25 still applies, plus travel costs if applicable.
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I am a creative and critical writer and editor at the University of Gloucestershire (BA, MA). I founded and co-edit Superlative, The Short Story Literary Journal, which develops and publishes new and aspiring writers.
I am a professional member of The National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE), through which I attend regular writing conferences and have access to the latest writing in education materials.
I am also regularly published in journals, magazines and ezines, online and in print, and provide editing services for others published in the same and similar forums. I enjoy educating; I guest lecture on Creative Writing Courses at other colleges and have a level 4 education and training teaching qualification awarded by Edexcel.
Students are welcome to travel to me (no cost), or to have workshops via webcam (no cost - most popular option).
I am happy to travel to students; a £10 travel cost will apply to students who live up to 10 miles away, with an additional £2.50 for every 5 miles thereafter.
Block of 5 workshops, paid in advance, £22/hour – total £110.
Block of 10 workshops, paid in advance, £19/hour – total £190.
Creative and Critical Writing MA
Teaching Creative Writing, Creative Industries, Popular Culture, Creativity, Research Methods, Creative Projects: Beginnings and Developments.
Creative Writing BA (Hons) 1st Class
Experimental and Transgressive Prose, Poetry Masterclass, Modelling Creativity, Writing the Novel, Engaging Humanities, Autobiography Confession and Creative Non-fiction, Fictionalising the Recent Past, Advanced Prose, The Writing Business Getting Published, Creative Industries.
The Guąrdian Chronicles and Snake Charmer: A Creative and Critical Analysis of Stereotypes and Archetypes in Fantasy Fiction.
Perfect! I've had a fair amount of lessons so far, and benefited immensely from it. What's great about our workshops is that it is not staid academic English lessons, rather, we have worked on creative writing, blogs and even types of writing (like op-eds and short form) that I need to enhance in order to become better at my job working PR!
For me, as someone who is not new to writing, Ross has managed to really stretch my abilities and articulation, and the latter goes the long way beyond just writing.
His passion and dedication really engages you in each and every session.
Lana is committed to improving her writing ability in every way, sends strong, lengthy pieces for editing before workshops, and is a genuine pleasure to work with.
Perfect! We enlisted Ross' help for our son in his final year of GCSEs. Here are his words:
"Ross is particularly good with using marking constructively in a way that has helped me improve. He explained everything in a clear understandable way which reinforced my abilities and helped boost my confidence. His calm demeanour makes him easy to get on with and approachable with various questions. During the time Ross was tutoring me I improved by 4 grades in the space of 2 to 3 months and I was feeling well prepared for my exams."
The student is very committed, conscientious and hard-working. Work is always completed on time and to the best of their ability. They are a pleasure to work with.
Perfect! Ross has great communication skills. He is very calm and professional in his approach to tutoring. He has really helped with building confidence in the subject and has been incredibly supportive throughout.
Farzana was friendly and communicative before the lesson and we easily set out goals and structure. Then the first session with the student (more of an assessment than a lesson) was very successful, enabling me to establish our benchmark so that I can plan immediate and future lessons. Again, Farzana was very helpful and keen to receive lesson prep, which I am now able to send to her in advance of future lessons to ensure they are as productive as possible.
Perfect! I am delighted to have Ross as my tutor. His support and guidance have been invaluable. I cannot recommend him highly enough.
Carla is committed, hardworking and, although we have only been working together a short time, a pleasure to assist. I very much enjoy editing her work and meeting to discuss strategies and analyse feedback.
Ross has been incredibly helpful and professional. I asked for his help because, even though I am a published author, I have been suffering from writer's block for several years.
After a couple of weeks of tutoring my confidence has been restored and I am writing again. I highly recommend him as a tutor.
Helped me out when starting on my book. Proof reading, adjustments and some great ideas. Tutored me brilliantly and continues to do so. Would highly recommend!
Ross has guided me in my ambition to write my first novel. It is a work in progress and he continues to help me as I develop my style and creative skills. He has a natural ability to impart knowledge and his enthusiasm and obvious love of language translates easily into increased confidence and motivation in his student.
Ross has the gift of being an informative and insightful tutor. His experience and enthusiasm combine in a unique way, putting students or peers at ease. Ross is passionate about his tutoring and certainly a trustworthy tutor in my opinion.
Ross is an amazing source of study support. Always willing to read over completed work, proofreading it thoroughly, pushing me to improve and ensuring I understand any needed changes. His wide range of knowledge and experience has enabled me to develop my writing style with each piece of work I write.
Ross is an amazing, helpful peer at University. He is definitely my go to guy whenever I have a question or am stuck on anything. He has read through my poetry and prose several times to help me improve. I a billion percent recommend him!
I believe Ross is a trustworthy tutor as he is extremely dedicated to his craft and has great pride in helping others to achieve the best work they can.
He's patient, knowledgeable and always knows how to assist someone.
Ross is an excellent writer with lots of knowledge of the creative writing industry. I always trust his judgement when it comes to great quality writing.
Ross is a fellow student in my poetry workshop at the University of Gloucestershire. When I get my work edited by Ross, I always receive helpful and detailed notes about how I can improve it, and I can always rely on him to give me honest and reliable feedback. I would recommend Ross if you need an unbiased and professional analysis of your work.
Ross is an absolutely great tutor! He’s helped edit and annotate my work and goes through feedback with me so that I understand and know what to do to improve. He’s patient, calm and friendly and he’s made such a difference in my work. I’d say a lot of my higher grades and achievements are down to him. Ross is the one to go to if you need help and support
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