As an American qualified teacher, I have experience leading creative writing workshops at the primary, secondary, and University level in both the USA and UK. I also have experience running poetry and fiction workshops in youth centers, non-profit organizations, and other community settings.
For a list of recent workshops please see my Events page. If you’d like me to run a session please get in touch!
“Christina nurtures her students through their writing journey. She points out many positive factors of each poem read out and no matter what background her students have – whether they’re a beginner or well established writer – she has the gift of making you feel as if you belong in any one of her many classes. My journey with Christina started a year ago at Butetown History and Arts Centre while writing collectively for the “Writing Our Lives” series. She encouraged us to attend both Roath Writers, Death Writing and other events related which l have attended and enjoyed immensely. I have come a long way as l have gained confidence in both my writing and reading out loud with a small audience. Christina teaches writing as a coping skill or at the very least a way of processing problems through prose to writing the most beautiful poetry. I feel totally honoured and grateful for her presence in my life, she has magically made the pressures of an illness and motherhood melt away!”
Yasmine Gulzar – New Novelist, Workshop Participant and Mother of Many
“Christina’s enthusiasm, friendly and comfortable manner instantly puts you at ease. Through her continuing encouragement and ability to find the positive even in negative pieces, she helped me explore different types of writing and perspectives which I would not have come across previously. Christina has an immense talent in reading and writing from the heart. She explains meanings from works that would otherwise remain elusive. I feel blessed to have attended Christina’s classes, and feel very sad that the Writing Our Lives course has come to an end. I might just have to start stalking her.”
Abeer Ameer – MSc Student in Dentistry and Writing Our Lives Participant
“In the five years after my dad died, I imagined I would find some relief in writing about it, but it always felt too soon and I didn’t get around to it – until I went to Christina’s Death Writing workshop. I realised I didn’t just want to write about it, I needed to. The workshop allowed me to talk and write freely about something that affects me daily – something I usually pretend doesn’t. It was a special opportunity that allowed me to feel the way I needed to feel in a comfortable environment and explore it through writing.”
Uschi Turoczy – Cardiff University Creative Writing MA Graduate
“Christina’s facilitation style is friendly, informal and democratic, whilst always making me feel “safe” in the hands of a professional. The Roath Writers sessions have opened me up to new people, new styles of writing and have increased my confidence.”
Rachel Simons, Third Sector Worker and Writer
“Christina was full of great ideas and energy. She immediately bonded with the pupils and inspired them to take part in the lesson with both verbal and written contributions. The pupils really enjoyed working with her and commented on her friendly nature and how well she explained what was going to be completed.”
Rob Jones – Class 4 Teacher at Carnetown Primary School
“Christina was very well prepared with a lively Power Point presentation that presented the children with a range of stimuli to explore. With her good rapport and understanding, Christina drew the children out steadily throughout the morning. The work they produced overall was good with the group clearly growing in confidence, enough for significant and vibrant presentations at the end of the session. The children clearly enjoyed the session and look forward to future workshops with Christina.”
Glyn Scott – Cardiff and the Vale Writer’s Squad