About our tutors

Playwright and Oxford University creative writing tutor Shaun McCarthy and accomplished prose writer and journalist Tom Henry are professional working writers with decades of experience behind them, both on the stage and the page.

Shaun McCarthy

Shaun McCarthy has had 13 stage plays produced by diverse theatre companies, and has written BBC radio plays and drama series. He has been a Royal Literary Fellow, a Hawthornden Fellow and an Arts Council theatre assessor. He teaches creative writing at Oxford University and runs Hooligan Theatre Productions, to develop his new plays, adaptations and site specific theatre projects with various co-producers. 

Tom Henry

Tom Henry has ghostwritten/co-authored 25 nationally and internationally published books, many of which have been bestsellers on Amazon and other outlets. He has worked with famous, infamous and not-at-all famous clients on many extraordinary stories and his work has taken him all around the world. Find out more at  www.ukghostwriter.co.uk

M J Greenwood

M J Greenwood  was a journalist for 25 years writing features for regional and national newspapers. She writes and teaches poetry and had success in competitions, including shortlisted for the Bridport prize and a recent poem was published in the Amphibian magazine.  She says that her move to teaching poetry has been “one of the best things I’ve ever done”.  Her debut novel “The Blue Hour” was published in 2021

We have two new courses planned for 2024.  Both based at Shimpling Park Farm Barns  – Suffolk – in the heart of an inspiring organic farm in the beautiful renovated Victorian model farm buildings.

23rd March 2024 – Poetry for the Petrified… or mildly apprehensive! 

5th October 2024 – Flash Fiction! 


The core skills and techniques taught across all genres will build on each other and be applicable to all creative writing (yes, there must be dialogue in memoir and drama in a short story!).  The three courses will suit those who have already started on their creative writing journey and there will be an opportunity to  develop, work on and get feed back on your own project. Equally, the days will be hugely beneficial to those who are completely new to writing.  All that is necessary is an enthusiasm to explore the written word in the safe hands of our world-class tutors.

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We look forward to seeing you in 2023!