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Courses offered by Anna Barker include:

  • 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)
  • Finding your voice and honing narrative craft: intensive writing retreats for PhD students
  • Writing for different audiences
  • Career writing: developing academic writing for early career researchers

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 bespoke and practical 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.

Alongside her writing career, Anna was a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund (RLF) at Teesside University (2011–2014) where she taught academic writing skills to hundreds of students. During this time she developed an essay-writing tool in the form of an app called ALEX.

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. She works both one-to-one and in workshops and particularly enjoys transposing the techniques of creative writing onto academic writing to help students and academics hone narrative craft and find their writing voice.

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
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