Media Tutor

I can help you write better. I know how you can structure your story better, work with commissioning editors and get your idea finally into print. That’s why I regularly teach courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level at university, plus run mini-journalism workshops for schools at KS2 and KS5, as well as running my own small-group media writing workshops for adult learners.

As an independent media tutor, I can offer you:

  • Insight into working effectively with the media to get your story across
  • Insider knowledge of pitching editors, handling commissions and working freelance
  • Regular media writing workshops backed with a community of learners
  • Media training and consultancy

Media masterclass: How to tell a story and engage your readers

January 8, 2021

I’m running a new online course from March 1st in collaboration with We will cover how to tell a story and the importance of human interest to that. We will also look at the importance of knowing your reader and work on drafting a sample feature for you to… Read more

How simple storytelling techniques can make you a better writer

October 26, 2020

I’m running a new online course, starting in January. This guest blog post for explains some of the techniques and insider tips I will share from some 20 years of freelancing. Here’s a sample from the text: People love to read about people. Keep that idea in mind as you… Read more

Journalists and content writers: sign up for my new masterclass this autumn

August 9, 2020

Journalism is complex but the secret to good storytelling is simple: people love to read about people. This new course, hosted via [see image above], is a hands-on class exploring techniques for writers, such as case studies, sourcing expert views and playing up the human interest to build empathy… Read more

How to get into travel writing — via Zoom

April 13, 2020

The landscape looks pretty different since my last post. Global events have overtaken normal life and we’re all now staying home to protest out precious NHS. It’s easy to hide under the duvet at times like these but, as a long-standing freelancer, I know it means I need to change,… Read more

How to get into travel writing at the Chester Literature Festival

November 17, 2019

The Chester Literature Festival was in full swing this week. I was there on Friday to run a travel-writing workshop [pictured above] for future freelancers and career changers seeking to branch out. Some planned to pitch ideas to magazines, others were looking to develop their voice online as a blogger.… Read more

Two essential events at this year’s Chester Lit Fest

November 25, 2018

A busy day at Chester’s Storyhouse, then. It was the final full week of the Chester Literature Festival and I was running two events last week — a morning discussion [first two slides] and a lunchtime workshop [latter two slides]. The former was based around my book, Inside Fatherhood, and… Read more

The Amazing Story Of How My Music Fanzine Made History

March 9, 2018

It was 1994. I was a student on a postgraduate magazine journalism course in London with a project deadline. Step forward Heaven Up Here, a music fanzine I put together with two fellow students. We dreamed of jobs on Select magazine and loved getting on the guestlist for gigs at… Read more

Writing workshops: how to read magazines — and write for them

September 22, 2017

If it’s Friday, then it’s a magazine masterclass in Chester. I ran the first in a series of new-style workshops today, hosted by Meltdown, in which we got to grips with some of the thorny issues of making it as a magazine journalist. Such as, you ask? Well, try signposting,… Read more

Tortoise Magazine writing workshop at the Good Life Experience

September 21, 2017

A phone call out the blue. It was the nice people from Tortoise, Chester’s independent magazine. They had a stand at the Good Life Experience, the annual festival of, well, good life, taking over Hawarden for a weekend each September. And they were thinking of running some writing workshops to… Read more