About Chris Fewings

I have been writing fiction and memoir for ten years, and poetry since 1996. I started facilitating* other people’s creative writing in 2015. (You can read some of my writing at www.fewings.uk – but what matters in my courses and one-to-ones is how you write, not how I write!)

In 2020 I brought out Pity the Uncrooked Tree, a book of 250 poems, as a limited edition hardback. In 2013 I brought A Glossary of my Grandmother, a short alphabetic novella, as an e-book. During my MA course in creative writing, I wrote fiction, creative non-fiction (celebrating Birmingham’s green spaces), and a multi-layered blend of fiction and poetry as a final project.

My love of words goes back to school days – I devoured books, learned languages, and fell in love with poetry. Many poems I learned in my late teens and twenties, and many novels I read, are still dear to me. But you don’t have to be academic to write creatively – sometimes, you have to unlearn what you learned at school.

Earlier in life I had ten years experience of teaching in adult education, and ten years working in community development work – as an agriculturalist with Honduran villagers, and in an inner city environmental project in Birmingham. I have lived on four continents. I am fluent in Spanish, and can also read Italian, and basic Hindi, Urdu and French.

I am a professional member of the National Association of Writers in Education (which provides me with public liability insurance and a DBS check).

You can read feedback from participants in previous groups here: What people say.

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* I prefer the word facilitator to tutor, because rather than teaching you how to write, I aim to help you develop your natural skills. People learn to write by writing, but others can help them along the way.

Education and training

What I’ve learned through living or taught myself matters more, but for the curious:

  • MA with Distinction in Creative Writing (BCU, 2018-2020)
  • Course in Teaching Creative Writing (MMU, 2015)
  • Therapeutic and Reflective Writing course (Professional Writing Academy, 2016)
  • Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Coventry, 1992)
  • BSc in Agriculture, specialising in tropical agricultural systems (Reading, 1982)
  • A levels in Spanish, Biology and Chemistry.

Testimonials
Any questions? Drop me a message or give me a call.

Full name: Chris Fewings Duggan