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Back to College, on the other side of the chalk-face

By alisonroseknight, Sep 16 2015 03:00AM

I haven’t taken a lot of notice of the school year in recent years – not since my youngest left school and headed off to university four years ago. I’m vaguely aware of the passing of terms and vacations as we live close to the village school and there’s a very brief rush of traffic just before nine and just after three in term time. Working at home, I can hear the little ones shrieking and laughing at play time. It’s always a happy, uninhibited sound which makes me smile.


But I’ve suddenly got to start taking notice of term dates because I’m about to embark on a new career as a teacher of creative writing.


On 10th November 2015, my first evening class begins at Wiltshire College’s new Chippenham campus. It will be a four week course for beginners called Who? What? When? Where? An Introduction to Creative Writing. Then I’ll be teaching a ten week course called Starting to Write from 12th January 2016.


Being given the chance to stand on the other side of the chalk-face (okay, I know it’s all whiteboards and PowerPoint these days, but you know what I mean!), is a privilege and a very scary adventure. I’ve met so many wonderful teachers who have helped me on my journey to publication, who have made creative writing fun and challenging and sometimes even life-changing. I still attend classes and workshops when I can, knowing that none of us is capable of knowing everything, and that we can all continue to learn from each other. Even though it’s a daunting prospect, I’m really looking forward to teaching.


I hope that I will be able to share my love of writing with my students, and encourage and inspire them on their writing journey.


If you’d like to enrol for one or both of my courses, please get in touch via the contact page.



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