Do you want help with writing stories, personal histories, articles or poems?
Do you want to learn about different types of writing styles for work or leisure?
Either in a group or working with me individually, you can increase your creativity, hit your writing targets and become part of the wider writing community.
Email me for further details about my services and to ask any questions.
Online Workshops – £5 per one hour session
Creative Confidence Building
Reading and Writing Short Stories
Exploring Twentieth Century Poetry
Working One to One – £25 per thirty minute session (inc. email edit)
I love helping people to improve the quality of their writing as well as making the whole experience of being a writer more enjoyable, sociable and creative.
I have a degree in English Literature from Kent University, am a trained teacher and have been running writing groups for the past ten years. I’ve won competitions for short stories, travel writing and poetry with my work appearing in Best Magazine, Let’s Talk, Suffolk Magazine, The Telegraph and The Fens. (Examples of my work can be found at the bottom of ‘group achievements’ lower down the page).
I have also been a guest on Radio Suffolk’s Creative Corner, helped judge the 500 Words Short Story Competition for Children and regularly produce educational resources for CGP Publications.
Here’s some of the feedback I’ve recieved:-
I wholeheartedly endorse Mai as a tutor. She has taken my writing from a series of official-sounding reports to a fully-furnished novel, rich with descriptions and interesting characters. All done with gentle prodding and always a smile.
Mai is so welcoming and, as new writer venturing into the unknown, everyone is reassuring, encouraging and also really constructive.
I joined the Writer’s Group as way to improve my writing skills. I stayed because the encouragement is fantastic, it has inspired a lot of new ideas and the people are just lovely.
The combination of a friendly group of like-minded people and expert, supportive tuition is just what I needed.
Individual Achievements of Group Members
- Lesley won two hundred euros and had her travel piece published in The Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travel-writing-competition/’
- Cat Franklin has gained a literary agent and secured a three book deal with a major publishing house.
- Kelly was a joint runner up in the Felixstowe Short Story Competition one year and on another occasion had a story shortlisted. She also won our concept competition and received very encouraging feedback from literary agent Meg Davis.
- Aaron won our synopsis competition to receive feedback on his work from literary Meg Davis
- Teresa had a story published in Your Cat magazine.
- Elliot had his story published in Fiction Vortex Magazine
- Graham has written a variety of interviews and record and theatre reviews. He says there’s a lot more to come so watch this space.
- Megan Musgrove has had a number of novels published. Click here to take a look.
- William won a competition to be one of Suffolk’s Young Poets of the year and read his work alongside Allan Ahlberg
- Ipswich Writing Group published ‘Four Word Stories’ on Amazon
- Teresa, Jay, Carl, Ann and Samantha have had work published on the Ipswich Town and Waterfront website.
- Kes has had an article published on the Ipswich Town Talk website entitled ‘Town’s Last Premiership XI – Where Are They Now?’
- Mike, Barry, Georgia, Ian, Charli, Simon and Karyll all had work published on The Tourist Trail website.
Here are two examples of my own work:
Short Story in the Fens Magazine.
Examples of Recent Activities
Sometimes we have a competition to see who can write the most words in a week. Here’s a recent winner with his well-earned prize.
Sometimes we try out the famous ‘cut up technique‘ as used by David Bowie and TS Eliot-
The first is a good way to chat to other creative people, ask questions and share information. (You don’t need to live in Suffolk to join)