POETRY IN MOTION

Teacher, Writer
and Walking Artist

I teach creative writing, run workshops, tutor one-to-one and organise events for writers of all ages and levels. More information is found on this website.

  words@lucyfurlong.com

  0785 9997 617

“Thanks for helping me to enjoy creative writing and English in general more – I couldn’t have done it without you.”

G, GCSE English student, 2019.

POETRY IN MOTION

Tutor . Writer
Wordsmith . Poet

A teacher, writer and walking artist. My writing is mostly concerned with sense of place, environment, memory and childhood. I teach creative writing, run workshops and organise events for writers of all ages and levels.

  words@lucyfurlong.com

  0785 9997 617

“Thanks for helping me to enjoy creative writing and English in general more – I couldn’t have done it without you.”

G, GCSE English student, 2019.

  • GCSE English Literature and English Language
  • I am an experienced GCSE English tutor, teaching one to one online via Zoom
  • I work flexibly with each student, tailoring my teaching to suit their individual needs.

EARLY BIRD OFFERS

GCSE English Writing Skills Summer 2021 Catch Up Sessions – Book before 21st July to secure a place for your child and save 20%!

KS3 / GCSE English One-to-one Tutoring September 2021/2022 – Book before 31st August 2021 and have the first session half-price!

Early bird tuition offers

More Winter Warmer Writing Workshops coming this year. From Samhain to Solstice – 8 weeks of Zoom workshops, to help you write your way through the darkness to the return of the light.

Information about our 2021 workshops schedule and costs will be added during the summer. Click the link below for more information about last years winter workshops.

More about workshops

Published Kingston Magazine – 2021

“TEACH IT SLANT”
– CREATIVE ENGLISH TUTORING –

Poet and wordsmith Lucy Furlong talks to us about her unique approach to tutoring

Lucy what is your background and what do you specialise in? I am a writer and poet with a passion for education and working with people. I have an MFA in creative writing, specialising in poetry, and hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGCLTHE). My writing has been widely published and featured in The Guardian and on BBC Radio 4, as well as being taught as part of the Open University MA in Creative Writing.As a private tutor I have developed a specialisation in helping students through their GCSE English Language and English Literature examinations. Sometimes students come to me in Year 7 and stay right the way through to their GCSE exams five years later. Others come for a few months in Year 11 for revision sessions and support with exam technique and essay writing.I have several years’ experience of tutoring for KS3 literacy, AS English Literature, SATs booster sessions for Year 6 pupils, and English as a Foreign Language with adults. I have prepared students for 13+ Common Entrance English examinations, and worked with many pupils of various ages with SEN, especially dyslexia.

“I feel much more confident with my writing and language analysis. Lucy has helped me significantly throughout the years and I am very grateful for everything. I would definitely recommend her for everyone! Fantastic tutor.”

S, GCSE English student, 2019

How do you work with students and what results have you seen? The poet Emily Dickinson is famously quoted as saying “Tell it slant”: look at the truth from a different angle. I try to find new, creative ways to help my students learn and understand. I work with students in various ways, depending on their needs. With GCSE students we might begin with a focus on reading comprehension skills and then move on to improving essay writing, both in structure in content. Other students might need to gain an understanding of how to use rhetorical devices or technical terms for writing about poetry. Some students are fine with writing essays on Shakespeare’s

Macbeth, while others need sustained help reading the text and analysing it for meaning. As students get closer to taking their exams, I guide them through specimen papers, and we work on exam technique.I teach using practical writing exercises, plus reading and analysing literature extracts, encouraging students to try things out and gain valuable experiential knowledge. This builds confidence and helps them to take ownership of their work. It’s a great way of consolidating their learning.The best part of my job is when students start to relax and begin to trust their own knowledge and skills. I have had students gain excellent passes at GCSE, two grades higher than expected.

What is the most important part of what you do? Seeing students make consistent progress each week, reach their goals and feel more confi dent about their learning.It’s about fi nding out what each student needs to help them to succeed and achieve their aims.

Where do you want to take your business in the future? I run creative writing workshops for adults and would like to be doing more of this for children.

EARLY BIRD BOOKING OFFER

Book before 21st July to secure a place for your child and save 20%!
Limited spaces available. Please contact me for more information and to book.

Book a session

Contact: words@lucyfurlong.com   Mobile: 0785 999 7617

EARLY BIRD BOOKING OFFER

Book before 21st July to secure a place for your child and save 20%!
Limited spaces available. Please contact me for more information and to book.

Book a session

Contact: words@lucyfurlong.com   Mobile: 0785 999 7617

Written works

Verse Aid :
Poems for the Earth

2019 Published work

Back in January I was honoured to be invited by Poets for the Planet to run two workshops at their launch event at the Society Of Authors in London.

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KNITBONE AT IMBOLC

The cast is off
This snake has shed its skin
And won’t be charmed back in

If a plaster cast could be a metaphor
For the past, I will remember
How rigidly it bound me

I cast a spell banishing
Then
Casting on, knitting
Now
Blasting off

Poem, written

Psithurism

whispering

washing whooshing

whistling flustering flistering

a shaking leaf sea

surrounds us in sound waves

wishing whispering

washing whooshing

rustling whistling flustering flistering

a shaking leaf sea

surrounds us in sound waves

breaking shore shingle

branches breeze-dancing

breaking shore shingle

branches breeze

dancing

Poem, written