Adults - workshops and courses



Stephanie is happy to offer half day or all day sessions to creative writing groups, community groups, church groups etc. Alternatively to run weekly sessions on a termly basis.

A Cabinet of Curiosities: poetry or short prose  inspired by artefacts in the Scottish Museum, Chamber Street, Edinburgh.                                

Starting to Write (Prose and poetry) for beginners and more experienced writers wishing to refresh the basics. 

Speak up: Performance Skills - how to relax, project your voice and engage your audience when performing your poetry.  Warm-up physical exercises and voice exercises leading to an in- class performance.

Writing Your Memoirs: prose or poetry as desired. Using creative writing techniques and skills to kick start and enhance your own writing.

Poetry inspired by Painting:  visits to current exhibitions, or during the Edinburgh International Festival and workshop to inspire the students own poetry.  

Alternatively Stephanie is happy to offer any of the one-off workshops or courses she has already given or similiar ones.  See the list below to see if there's anything that appeals.  Please contact Stephanie to discuss possibilities or needs of your group.

Past Courses 

Writing Your Memoirs

or simply writing about your childhood memories, or family history. Have you been meaning to get round to this for your grandchildren or relatives?  Need a push to get going?  Suitable for beginner writers or more experienced, this is a short course in a friendly and informal group, with exercises and stimuli suggested by writer and tutor, Stephanie Green, who has many years of experience tutoring  adults for the W.E.A. and  the Office of Lifelong Learning, University of Edinburgh.

10 sessions from 17th January, 2012 at 10.30am-12.30pm. Extended in Spring Term with further 6 sessions. Venue:  Church room below St John's Church, Princes Street/corner Lothian Road, Edinburgh.  

Edinburgh Sense of Place

A series of visits to places of aesthetic cultural or historical interest in and around Edinburgh, to inspire poetry writing followed by alternating workshops to critique poems/short prose written in an informal friendly group discussion led by the tutor, Stephanie Green.
10 sessions, on termly basis, autumn and spring. Summer term 6 sessions.
(This course has been running on and off since 2006.)

Starting to Write

This course is alternate prose and poetry sessions suitable for beginners to more experienced writers wishing to refresh the basics in a friendly, informal group.  Workshops include  breaking writers' block, fear of the white space, accessing creativity and provide a writer's 'tool-kit' leading to opportunities for both performance and publication. Throughout an emphasis on group participation helps develop listening and positive critiquing skills with a view to self-editing.
Stephanie taught this three-termly course for the Office of Lifelong Learning, University of Edinburgh from 2004-8. 


Taking a Line for a Walk

31st May, 2012: poetry writing workshop inspired by dance.
For a group of adults with impaired hearing. Held at Dancebase, the Grassmarket, Edinburgh in association with Artlink.

A Writer's Casebook: Glass Works 

5th March 2010:  at Napier University, Craighouse Campus. A seminar for students taking the Creative Writing module. 
A Writer's Casebook:  on the author's own poetry collaboration with glass students. Talk and workshop.
A talk on Stephanie's research and writing processes involving her collaboration with glass students at Edinburgh College of Art. The resulting  poetry pamphlet 'Glass Works' (Cat's Pyjamas Publications, 2005), illustrated by photos of glass art, was short listed for the Callum McDonald Award.

 'A Writer's Casebook' is available as talk and poetry reading suitable for creative writing students at university or to adults in writing groups. This can be combined with a poetry writing workshop, if desired. 

Reference: 'Thanks for a brilliant session with my Creative Writing students which they thoroughly enjoyed.'         Dr. Bashabi Fraser, Lecturer, Napier University.                                       

Capturing a Sense of Wonder.

A poetry writing workshop given  as part of the Creative Space programme  at St. George's West Church, Shandwick Place, Edinburgh, 20th January, 2007

Passionate Picasso

Fired with Passion:  Picasso's ceramics etc at the New Museum of Scotland, Chambers St, Edinburgh

Picasso on Paper: lithographs etc at the Dean Gallery, Edinburgh

Creative writing workshops for poetry or short prose  led by Stephanie to facilitate writing inspired by the two Picasso exhibitions above.   20th and 27th  September, 2007 :  2 workshops on 2 consecutive weeks

PAST Residential Courses 

Iona Sense of Place 

In the Hebrides, Scotland. A 4 or 5 day residential course tutored by Stephanie with Mandy Haggith in 2009 and Mary Gladstone in 2010.  See

Assynt Sense of Place at Glencanisp Lodge, nr.  Lochinver, Assynt, Sutherland

 27th October-3rd November, 2007 (Sat to Sat)  Poetry and short prose creative writing course.

Stephanie  co-tutored with Mandy Haggith  a week long residential creative writing course at Glencanisp Lodge, overlooking a loch and view of Suilven.  For further details on Glencanisp Lodge, photos, booking details and contacts  see