Courses offered by Anna Barker include:

  • Writing in plain English
  • Getting published (with an emphasis on how to structure novels, develop character and self-edit for publication)
  • Explaining research to the public: developing a public/media profile
  • Writing for business (how to write effective executive summaries, reports and proposals)
  • Academic writing for undergraduates, postgraduates and academic staff
  • Writing for different audiences

About Anna

Anna is unusual in her wide and deep experience of different writing styles. A published author, journalist, copywriter and communications specialist, Anna’s experience makes her ideal for facilitating tailored courses and workshops for a range of disciplines.

Following a successful career as an award-winning feature writer and investigative journalist, Anna published two novels. The Floating Island (Arrow, 2008) won a Betty Trask best debut award from the Society of Authors. Her second novel, Before I Knew Him (Arrow, 2009) was shortlisted for a Good Housekeeping Good Read award and drew upon the themes Anna had begun to explore in her first novel namely: love, sexuality, memory, trauma, obsession and betrayal.

Alongside her writing career, Anna has been a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund (RLF) at Teesside University since 2011 where she has taught academic writing skills to hundreds of undergraduates and post-graduates.

It is her extensive experience of varying forms of communication and her experience as a published author which feeds into her work as a teaching and learning consultant. Her experience in public relations and as a copywriter is particularly useful for clients who are looking to improve their internal and external communications, whether to a business audience or to the public.

Discipline areas: Arts, Business & Management, Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Engineering & Related
Topics: Essays, dissertations, theses, literature reviews, reflective commentaries, business reports, scientific research reports, online communication, letters and emails, books, communicating with non-specialists
Participants: School/college students, undergraduates, postgraduates (research), postgraduates (taught), staff (academic), staff (non-academic)
Consultant's background: Copywriter, journalist, novelist
Location: Northern England
Availability for travel: Regional