Courses I Teach


I teach courses at City Lit in Covent Garden London, where I was previously a student myself! These courses are now ONLINE using Zoom so do take advantage if you live too far away to attend normally!

New for 2024 I am excited to be teaching ‘Writing YA’ for the Faber Academy. This is an online 12 week course starting in March. See below for details.

I also offer private one to one tuition, short courses, workshops and mentoring so do enquire by clicking ‘Contact Me’.

You can read about my teaching work here and there is also an article from one of my students, Attiya Khan, whose book ‘Ten Steps to Me’ came out in September 2021.

City Lit Writing for Children Workshop (HW439)

Course Dates: 11th January 2024- 21st March 2024

Time: Thursdays 12.45- 2.15pm

Location: ONLINE

Tutor: Penny Joelson

For experienced children’s writers, this small group ongoing workshop offers an opportunity to develop your work-in-progress with constructive feedback from tutor and classmates.…ildren-workshop/hw439-2324

City Lit Writing for Children: Advanced (HW132)

Course Dates: Monday 15th Jan – Monday 25th March 2024

Time: Mondays 10.30-12

Location ONLINE

Tutor: Penny Joelson

Take your writing to the next level with this interactive, online course. Enhance and develop your writing skills and your understanding of what makes a children’s book strong and engaging. Each session will involve a combination of tutor input, writing exercises and discussion. Examples will be shared from the best of recently published fiction.

Faber Academy: Writing YA

This twelve-week online course is designed for those who are interested in writing fiction for teenagers and young adults and want to explore genres, themes and techniques. Suitable if you are a beginner or have some writing experience but are new to YA, or simply want support and guidance to make your YA writing shine.

With individual tutorials at the start and end of the course, discussions with your tutor and fellow students in lively forums, plenty of writing prompts, reading activities and opportunities to workshop your writing, this course will help you understand YA writing and get your YA novel off the ground.

Starting March 25th 2024

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