Carolyn is an experienced teacher across a number of disciplines and is currently Chair for the prestigious MLitt Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. Previously a piano teacher, she also taught film studies to undergraduate and postgraduate students at Queen’s University of Belfast from 2002-4, then at the University of Sunderland from 2005-2009. At Northumbria University she was Programme Leader for the Degree in English and Creative Writing throughout 2009-2011.
Her teaching practice in the field of creative writing covers a wide range of age groups, cultural backgrounds, and literature organisations. She has taught at the Poetry School, in prisons, mental health institutions, schools, libraries, and has mentored school teachers, healthcare professionals, poets, novelists, radio dramatists, short story writers, and screenwriters. Recently she held a workshop in collaboration with the filmmaker Alastair Cook with second generation refugee children at the Southbank Centre, resulting in the film poem ‘My Family is Like’ (see below).
Carolyn regularly mentors and consults on works on progress. For more information email carolynjesscooke [a] iCloud [dot] com