Courses offered by Ann Coburn include:

  • Building a thesis statement and structuring an essay
  • Writing with clarity and economy
  • Becoming effective academic writers and peer reviewers
  • How to teach and use creative writing in schools (for teachers)
  • Critical reflective writing

About Ann

Ann has been writing fiction, theatre scripts and screenplays for twenty-five years. Glint (2005), a YA novel, won an Arts Council writer’s award and a Northern Writer’s award, and her theatre play Get Up and Tie Your Fingers (1997) won the John Whiting Award.

In parallel with her writing career, Ann has worked as a tutor, mentor and dramaturge, and her experience is considerable and varied. She has run workshops and creative writing courses for children and adults and has mentored individual writers of all abilities. She has undertaken residencies with a number of prominent arts and cultural organisations and given presentations at conferences and book festivals, including the Edinburgh Book Festival, the Northern Children’s Book Festival and the Dublin Children’s Book Conference. She is regularly called upon to chair literature events and to judge writing competitions.

Since 2009 Ann has tutored at Newcastle University, teaching creative writing courses (undergraduate and Masters), supervising doctoral students and mentoring writers for the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts. At Newcastle University she has been a Royal Literary Fund Fellow, 2008–10 and 2012–16, working one-to-one with undergraduates and postgraduates on any aspect of their academic writing.

Discipline areas: Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences
Topics: Essays, dissertations, reflective commentaries, journal articles, books, communicating with non-specialists
Participants: School/college students, undergraduates, postgraduates (research), postgraduates (taught)
Activities: Workshops, retreats, seminars, tutorials, talks/presentations
Consultant's background: Children’s fiction, young adult fiction, novelist, playwright, radio or TV writer
Location: Northern England
Availability for travel: UK-wide