Teaching/mentoring

I am an experienced tutor of creative writing.  I taught on the undergraduate creative degree at Liverpool John Moores University for many years.  I have run writing workshops for all ages in schools, universities, libraries, in association with literary festivals and in the community. I regularly tutor for the Arvon Foundation and have also taught for Writers’ Centre Norwich, The Poetry School and The Saw Trust.  You can read about an Arvon course I co-tutored at Lumb Bank, working with teenagers,  here. I am fully DBS (formerly CRB) checked.

I provide private, one-to-one mentoring (via email/Skype/in person) for the development of poetry writing projects/manuscripts. In 2015, I worked with poet and artist Liz Hall on her performance poetry sequence This New Land She Has Reached staged in Sheffield in December 2015, with plans to tour. In 2016/17 I am mentoring the poet Victoria Kennefick. Do get in touch if you would like to discuss a mentoring project.

In 2015 I ran poetry workshops with students studying medicine, at the University of Manchester. I am interested in using poetry as a tool to explore issues of empathy and communication between patients and medical staff. The day was very successful and I wrote about it here. It felt very positive to use poetry to aid a better understanding of illness and bereavement.

Feedback from workshops:

‘Rebecca was one of the most successful writer’s visits we have had over the years. Both teachers and students got a lot out of her visit. She took three sessions: two readings and a workshop to large groups of Sixth Form students.  In each case, students were completely engaged and feedback was very enthusiastic.  Rebecca completely understood the nature of her audience, trusting their maturity and interest and this was reflected  in their attentiveness.  All sessions were clearly carefully prepared and structured.  In fact the visit was so successful, we aim to invite her back in on a regular basis.’  – Alison Shelley, English teacher, Colchester Sixth Form College, Essex.

“ We were kept busy all the time, had the break when we needed it, and ‘things’ were kept moving but at a pace that we could keep up with. A very industrious atmosphere was established from the beginning and the momentum was maintained. Really enjoyable.”

 “Well planned; a variety of activities; well-led; supportive, engaging manner; structured activities.”

“Enthusiastic and knowledgeable teacher who gave very positive feedback to the participants. First exercise and the poems we looked at were very well presented and interesting”

– participant feedback from a workshop for Writers’ Centre Norwich

‘I think you can gauge by people’s enthusiastic response to the workshop – and the 100% concentration – that our group loved every minute of Saturday morning’.  – Pam Job, participant in my workshop for Poetry Wivenhoe

‘Rebecca Goss was involved with The Reader Organisation for several events during her years in Liverpool. She gave poetry readings, participated in panel discussions and delivered writing workshops. Rebecca was able to work with groups of varying size, ages and ability. Her workshops included a wide range of texts, and with her guidance, participants were able to explore, understand and enjoy contemporary poetry.’ – Jane Davis, Director of The Reader Organisation

If you think I would be suitable for a tutoring opportunity, do get in touch: gosspoems@hotmail.co.uk

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  1. Pingback: Writing Poetry – a new course taught by Rebecca Goss | Rebecca Goss

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