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

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, pitching editors and, the thorniest … 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 encourage visitors to react to … Read more

A travel-writing masterclass at HiOA university, Oslo

September 15, 2017

To Oslo then — thanks to an Erasmus exchange with a British university. After a week in the Norwegian capital, I learnt that photojournalism is alive and well in Scandinavia, you can buy a pint for less than £10 and knitting is actively encouraged in the front row of Nordic lecture theatres. But, most of … Read more

Reporting for BBC School Report Day at Queens Park High School, Chester

March 11, 2016

BBC School Report marked its tenth anniversary this week. The initiative from BBC News helps 11 to 16-year-old students develop their journalistic skills. I joined a group of wannabe hacks at Queens Park High School, Chester, to brainstorm ideas for print- and video-journalism reports. Check out some of the work from the day here. More … Read more

KS2 writing workshop for Overleigh St Mary’s Primary School, Chester

December 11, 2015

Just time to fit in another workshop for schools before Christmas. It was, in fact, a return trip to Overleigh St Marys Primary School in Chester to run another media writing workshop for Key Stage 2 (KS2). The focus this year was news (factual writing) vs. blogs (persuasive writing) and we based our stories around … Read more

IVC writing workshop — How to write a magazine feature

November 2, 2015

Workshop news. I ran a taster session for the Chester IVC group last night [pictured above]. It was based around writing features for magazines and hosted by the Cross Keys pub in their upstairs room, plus fuelled by one of their Sunday roasts. We developed some great story ideas on the night from travel to … Read more

A media taster session for the West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce

July 17, 2015

  I ran a taster session for my media-medira writing workshops with Tracy North of Outwrite PR. It was a lunch event for the West Cheshire and Noth Wales Chamber of Commerce (WCNW Chamber) and the theme was how to get your story across. There was a great response from people on the day with … Read more

JULY MEDIA WRITING WORKSHOP WARM-UP EXERCISES: Fab features

July 1, 2015

The last workshop in the current series is looming. This is round three in the triumvirate of summer writing workshops, taking place Thursday, July 16, 7-9pm at the CHIC co-working hub in Chester. The topic for this session is writing fab features, followed by individual tuition — bring some work-in-progress writing for the latter, or we can review your … Read more

Homework: Media writing workshop June

June 13, 2015

Thanks to everyone who attended yesterday’s workshop at CHIC Chester [pictured above]. There was some great debate about how to pitch (please see links below) and some thought-provoking discussion about the problems we all face when approaching commissioning editors. There’s a short Vimeo from the session here: Now for the homework before our next session in July. … Read more