Claire Askew

is creating Motivation and mentoring for writers

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About

Who am I?

My name is Claire Askew.  I'm the author of the novels All The Hidden Truths (2018), and What You Pay For (2019), both published by Hodder & Stoughton, and the poetry collection This changes things (Bloodaxe, 2016).  I have been a Scottish Book Trust Reading Champion; Schools Writer in Residence for both Scottish Book Trust and the Edinburgh International Book Festival; I was the 2017 Jessie Kesson Fellow, and I've also worked as Writer in Residence at the University of Edinburgh.

All The Hidden Truths won the 2016 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize as a work in progress, and the 2019 McIlvanney Debut Prize.  It was longlisted for the Authors Club First Novel Award, and shortlisted for the 2019 CWA Debut Dagger and Gold Dagger, and the 2020 Gladstone's Library Writer in Residence Award.

This changes things was shortlisted for an Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, the Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Prize, the Saltire First Book Prize, and the Michael Murphy Memorial Award.  Poems from the book won the Virginia Warbey Poetry Prize and the International Salt Prize for Poetry. 

I'm here to offer motivation and mentoring for writers.

Depending on how much you pledge, you can sign up for anything from a fortnightly do-your-writing-already email, to a full package of mentoring in person or via Skype.  And trust me, I know a thing or two about motivation: as a freelancer I routinely juggle up to four different contracts alongside my writing; I'd completed a PhD by the age of 26, and I wrote my second novel in just eight months.  

I'm also an experienced teacher and mentor.  I hold a PDA in Adult Teaching and have ten years of experience working one-to-one and with groups, in pretty much any educational setting you can imagine.  I started out as a one-to-one tutor before becoming a Further Education lecturer, then moving into community-based project work.  Recently, I've worked in high schools and taught on the University of Edinburgh's MSc Creative Writing programme.  I'm one of the Scotland tutors for women's fiction writing course Write Like A Grrrl!, and I've delivered one-off workshops in prisons, homeless shelters and churches.

I believe creative writing -- like any other craft -- can be taught, and I believe anyone can learn to be a better, more confident, more consistent writer.  Yes, even you.
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If I'm lucky enough to reach 50 patrons then I'll know there's an appetite for this sort of work from me.  At this point I'll be able to get in touch with you all and see what you'd like more of, and what else I can do to be useful.  I'm thinking, perhaps, writing-related downloadable online courses... but when there's fifty of you I'll see what you'd like and do that!
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