Tutors at The Writers’ Academy are highly qualified, experienced professionals and acknowledged experts in the process of encouraging creative output from prospective writers.

The Tutor’s role is to provide guidance, support and individual feedback relating to each and every aspect of the course. Your Tutor will be your first point of contact for all issues relating to your studies. Where possible, they will also aim to respond to any messages within 24 hours Monday to Friday.



Dr. Barbara Henderson

Writer and Journalist

Dr. Barbara Henderson is a published writer for adults and children. She is a former journalist with a PhD in Creative Writing, and has extensive teaching experience. She has previously taught creative writing and journalism at Newcastle and Northumbria Universities, and is programme leader in creative writing for the Open College of the Arts. As a former Open University student, she is a passionate believer in access to learning and the notion that creative writing techniques can be taught. Hear more from Barbara over at our blog.





"There is no question in my mind that the quality and sensitivity of the feedback on exercises from the course tutor was invaluable. It contributed not only to learning, but built confidence.
June Fettes - Constructing a Novel


"Our tutor was excellent – supporting and guiding us with just the right level of encouragement."
Neil Bailey - Creative Writing for Beginners


"Barbara not only imparts valuable writing techniques and styles, but carefully cultivates your ability as a writer and instils confidence in your abilities as you proceed with the course."
Joe Jon-Knight - Constructing a Novel