I offer worldwide 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 pride myself on providing exceptional, individually tailored support.
I deliver bespoke sessions, but writing and learning are iterative processes; 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. My goal is always, of course, to enable students achieve their goals, but also to help make students aware of their own learning, allowing them to utilise and develop skills for lifelong use.
I set writing development exercises, enabling the student to produce 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.
All sessions are currently complete via webcam, using either Microsoft Teams or Zoom. The option for feedback to be sent electronically is available.
Depending on the level of study, the first session may need to be an assessment of the student's academic ability/tutoring requirements, or simply a workshop designed to build rapport and cover some fundamentals.
Workshops last 45-60 minutes. Workshop cost includes 1-2 hours editing outside of the workshop. Work to be provided for editing 2 days before the workshop. Minimum 24 hours cancellation notice required. Refunds not available. If work, or 24 hours notice of cancellation, is not provided before a workshop, that session will be forfeit. By accepting tuition, students agree to these terms and conditions. Please note, there may be a waiting list.
I am also happy to undertake writing and editing tasks of any nature. The hourly fee of £40 still applies, plus travel costs if applicable. Sometimes, for larger projects, a daily rate of £250 is more suitable.
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I am a creative and critical writer and editor at the University of Gloucestershire (BA, MA). Alongside running my own writing, editing and private tutoring business, Ross Turner Academics, I founded and am the editor-in-chief of Superlative, The Short Story Literary Journal, which develops and publishes new and aspiring writers.
As a professional member of The National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE), I attend regular writing conferences and have access to the latest writing in education materials.
Additionally, I am 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, amongst other qualifications listed below, have Level 5 TEFL and Level 4 Education & Training qualifications.
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 £20 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, £37/hour – total £185.
Block of 10 workshops, paid in advance, £34/hour – total £340.
Daily rate (where applicable) £250/day.
Creative & Critical Writing MA
Teaching Creative Writing, Creative Industries, Popular Culture, Creativity, Research Methods, Creative Projects: Beginnings and Developments.
Awarded postgraduate bursary from UoG Annual Fund for Excellence.
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.
Awarded the University of Gloucestershire Francis Close Hall Creative Writing Prize for the highest mark in the Creative Writing Dissertation.
Additional Qualifications & Achievements
Level 5 Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL).
Level 4 Award in Education & Training (formerly PTLLS).
Level 4 Advanced Autism Awareness Diploma (CMA).
Level 3 Understanding Dyslexia Diploma (CMA).
Level 3 ADHD Awareness (CMA).
Level 3 Leadership (ILM).
Teaching in Higher Education (UoG).
Guest Tutor & Lecturer at various schools & colleges.
Perfect! I am very grateful to have contacted Ross, he is a close professional and willing to help. Thank you very much Ross.
Alex was a pleasure to meet and I am very much looking forward to working closely with her. She is aware of her strengths and weaknesses, but also that there are many different aspects to academic writing, so I am confident she has what it takes to do exceptionally well.
Perfect! showed interest highlighting issues with grammar or word structure
Cidalia is very motivated, enthusiastic, and self-aware of the progress of her own education. I very much look forward to working with her further.
Perfect! Ross has coached group of Y8/Y9 students with well prepared and amazing resources. He is quickly responded to any requests, very reliable. The students enjoyed doing writing lesson with him!
Annie is extremely organised and committed, very friendly and helpful, and overall a pleasure to work with.
Perfect! Really amazing workshops, so engaging! Ross is very professional, knowledgeable great fun to work with! He has taught me a lot already, including some very helpful techniques for descriptions and writing short stories. I am learning while I am studying and improving my own writing, which I always find very fascinating. I highly recommend his classes!
Beata is very committed to her work. She completes writing exercises in plenty of time and to a high standard, and is a pleasure to work with.
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 is a fantastic tutor, from beginning to end he was there every step of the way. He evaluates your piece of writing carefully and all comments/feedback he gives are well explained. He notices details that you would otherwise miss. As well as suggesting improvements, he also highlights parts of your writing that he enjoys/appreciates, encouraging you to continue with that style. Ross is extremely personable, you really get to know him as a person on the other side of technology. He also makes you feel that your piece of work or project is just as important to him as it is to you. His professionalism, expertise and personable nature all mean that I would recommend him time and time again. In fact, he is the only person I would turn to when needing help with a project.
It’s a great experience for me to have proofreading with Ross! He is very friendly and professional. My work has been carefully edited before our sessions. He was also open to listen to my ideas while we went through my work together in the session. Looking forward to working with Ross again.
Ross is a great teacher, he explains everything in detail and make sure you understands everything clearly!! Ross is also very responsive and very reliable at all times I would highly recommend him as a tutor!
I am so glad that I picked Ross to help me through my dissertation because he is very supportive and helpful. He is always there when needed and he is very good at editing and he is very patient too. I highly recommend him.
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!
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