Introduction to the courses

I teach several creative writing courses at the Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Strathclyde. These are designed by myself to develop participants’ skills from creative writing beginner to habitual writer. The courses can be taken at various times of the year at the Centre, during the day, evening or weekend, or you can study online – see the sub-menus for details of dates and times.

The usual route of progression through the courses at the Centre (over two academic years) is as follows:

Creative Writing for Beginners

Taking Your Creative Writing Further 1

Keep Writing

Creative Writing for Writers: Taking Your Creative Writing Further 2 & 3

Creative Writing: Consolidating Your Skills


I also teach on the Centre’s online Blaze creative writing programme which progresses through three courses:

Kindling (Beginners level)

Feeding the Flame (Intermediate to Advanced level)

Inferno (Advanced level)


If you prefer a more individual approach to your creative writing learning, I am the mentor for the Centre for Lifelong Learning’s Creative Writing Mentoring Programme: see Mentoring, Editorial & Tuition Services for details.


Last but not least, I run the Weekend Classic Book Group which meets monthly at the Centre from October to May.


Details of all these courses and the book group – and booking – can be found at