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.
* 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.
Full name: Chris Fewings Duggan