About David

I’ve been a professional editor since 1995 and a creative writing tutor since 2003 – qualifications include a B.A. in English Literature, master’s degrees in both Publishing and Creative Writing (Distinction), and I’m currently working on an MSc in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. I’m also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Based in Glasgow, I teach at the Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Strathclyde (where I am also the Creative Writing Mentor and the departmental disability and guidance officer). I’ve also taught creative writing at Barlinnie Prison and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and do an annual stint of classes at Glasgow’s Mitchell Library for the Aye Write book festival.

My fiction has been published in the anthologies Glasgow KissOrangelabyrinth.com, Shorts 5: The Macallan/Scotland on Sunday Short Story CollectionA Fictional Guide to ScotlandStramash, The Glasgow SeekerSnacks after Swimming, Clockworks Vol. 1 and Homeground (examples can be read on other pages on this site). I’ve been a winner of the University of Strathclyde’s Keith Wright Memorial Literary Prize and a recipient of a Scottish Arts Council New Writer’s Bursary award. I’m also the author of six local history books.

About this website

On this site you’ll find information about me and my work, and you can read selections from my writing.

The site also doubles as The Creative Writing Notebook, a resource of web links and notes that aims to keep budding writers on track, primarily with wisdom dispensed by more experienced authors. The notebook is for my students – past and present – and for anyone who is interested in creative writing. Sign up to follow if you’d like the latest notes delivered straight to your inbox (with no spam). Official course material such as worksheets, information handouts and reading material won’t be posted here: you have to attend the courses for those!

If you have a creative writing web link or information you’d like to share here – e.g. competitions, events, advice – please leave details in a comments box or email them to me at david@dpettigrew.com

Finally, if you’re a movie fan you might recognise the sidebar pattern and the typewriter photo from a classic tale of extreme writer’s block. Watch the clip below – and don’t let this happen to you 😉

Happy writing!