Leanne particularly enjoys working with diverse groups of people and her recent work with Writing East Midlands has allowed her to work with participants from migrant and refugee communities.
During other recent projects, she has supported groups of young people, older people, and people with mental and physical health complications.
As a workshop leader, Leanne strongly believes that creative writing can promote social cohesion, improve health outcomes and foster self-confidence. She really loves helping new writers to draw on their own experiences, and articulating their stories in creative ways, and she firmly supports community projects that nurture creativity regardless of prior knowledge or experience.
Workshop Leader // Educator
Leanne facilitates writing workshops in a wide variety of settings including schools, care homes, hospitals, libraries and museums.
She has worked as writer in residence at The National Justice Museum, Nottingham City Council, the Museum of Cambridge, the Ely Folk Festival and with Writing East Midlands, and has provided workshops for Creative North Nottingham, Arts Alive in Libraries, Arts Council England, the Nottingham Poetry Festival, Nottingham Writers' Studio, the University of Nottingham, and Prima Vista Festival in Estonia.
She promotes spoken word education in primary schools, secondary schools and further education colleges across the UK.
“During the workshop we saw very high quality engagement from participants who had little previous experience in creative writing. Leanne had an inclusive approach with a friendly delivery style, which supported and encouraged creative expression. She created a supportive atmosphere and had an obvious enthusiasm for the subject matter.”
Lorna O'Brien, Curator, Museum of Cambridge
"Thank you once again for coming to give us a workshop. It was our girls' last lesson of the year, due to exams, and they all said it was a brilliant way to end the term!"
Sophie Poole, Assistant Head of English, Kimbolton School
“Our group all enjoyed Leanne's workshop and we received lots of good feedback. It was the first time we'd tried creative writing, and we'd love to have Leanne back for future sessions.”
Bill Walton, British Red Cross Young IELTS Group
“I really enjoyed your session, style of delivery and super, positive feedback. It was very safe and inclusive.”
Janet, workshop participant
“Thank you so much for your workshop - it was beyond my expectations. You gave everyone a burst of confidence!”
Simone, workshop participant