Robin O'Connor

Creative Writing teacher

Based in
Harrogate, United Kingdom
Also teaches in North Yorkshire
Robin O'Connor | Creative Writing teacher

Rates: £20-30 per hour

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The great Dr Johnson (patron saint of writers) once said 'No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money'. So, for many years that's just what I've been doing, turning out broadcast TV and corporate video programmes, writing and directing events and conferences, writing and editing corporate magazines and all kinds of communications, devising and creating intranets and even writing a couple of books. Whatever the medium, if it can be written, I've probably done it. OK, so now it's payback time (awful thought: perhaps Dr Johnson was wrong!) and I'd like to spread around some of the stuff I've learned as a serious player in the writing game, as well as writing a few things for myself instead of for some dictatorial corporate client.

When Adult Education used to be taken seriously I devised and delivered courses on Writing for Pleasure and Profit, in London and Yorkshire, where I now live. These gave me great satisfaction - I always said I learned as much as my students - and by the number of students enrolling for follow-on courses I reckon they liked them too. I started each course with a, perhaps foolish, promise that at least one student would be published by the end. It was a promise I was able to keep, even though one term the best we could do was an article in 'Cats Magazine'!

I also sort out computer problems. As a working writer I've been using them ever since Amstrad days, and I've probably made every mistake possible on the damn things over the years, so I'm usually aware of what's gone wrong. I operate a sort of unofficial Help Desk for friends all over the country and can usually sort out most of the common problems on the net or on the phone.

I don't mind travelling a reasonable distance, though I reckon Skype would be an ideal and very cost-effective way to teach and to learn.


Aimed at: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.
Online teaching offered


The first half hour is free - it's getting to know each other, for me to find out where the potential student needs my help and for him or her to find out whether I can be useful and worth the cost of further sessions.

After that, the basic rates apply, to be negotiated on the basis of the level of help required - beginners at the lower rates. Payment can be arranged after each session or by agreement over a number of sessions.

Travel: Up to 10 miles from HG2 0EZ free, over that, mileage and time to be negotiated.

Last login: 10 years 9 weeks ago

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