I have been teaching for around twenty years and have successfully taught English and Creative Writing to a range of different age groups and nationalities including those at colleges, schools and adult education centres.  My oldest student was in her mid -eighties when she did a poetry course with me in 2008 and and the youngest started at the age of five.

I am a qualified teacher with English BA, PGCE, Creative Writing MA and TESOL Diploma.  I take students one-to-one for a range of examinations , particularly the IELTS test and English GCSE tutoring.  All lessons are made to suit the student and I give an initial consultation which may include doing some writing, so as to be sure the course is meeting the learner’s needs .  These days many students learn on Skype as it is so easy and convenient.  I can visit between the Worthing and Brighton areas.

As a keen writer and poet I have written several collections of poems. ‘The Moon The Waves And The Breeze’, published  by Leaf Books, contains poems I wrote during the MA at University College Chichester  and the more recently published ‘The Day Is White’ won Indigo Dreams Summer Collection Competition, 2009.   Last year I published another collection ‘Swans’ on Amazon and a study guide, ‘How to Write a Winning Poem’. ‘Developing  Creative Ideas For Seascape Poems’, a more recent addition, is  also available on Amazon Kindle.

Skype Lessons – Learning on Skype saves time and money. I have had great success teaching students for exams from the comfort of their own home or office. At first Skype was only popular with younger people but now students of all ages are opting to learn from home using this as it makes lessons so much more accessible. I have students all over the world and enjoy speaking to people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures.


Some links that may interest you:

I have been a tutor for the Open College of the Arts since 2007: https://www.oca.ac.uk/profile/mary-charman-smith/

I am now the organizer of Hove Poetry Meet Up.  Please click the link for more information.