Sam Burgess

What subjects do you teach?

I teach creative writing for adults, and do so at every stage, from beginners to publication. 

How many years have you been teaching?

I’m completely new at Activate Learning, but for two years as a student at the University of Reading, I taught regular classes for the still-active Creative Writing Society, The Scribblers, of which I was Vice-President and a co-founder. 

What do you enjoy about teaching adults?

That, I hope, we’ll discover together! I’ve always loved to teach in some form, and now’s my chance to pass on the knowledge, skills, and confidence I’ve gained to others. 

What got you into creative writing?

I can’t remember a time when I haven’t been writing. I’m a professional copywriter who trained in print and broadcast journalism from age 14. I write poetry, fiction, and non-fiction alike for pleasure, and have done all this in one capacity or another since I could hold a pen. I blame my parents for letting their poor impressionable infant watch Countdown. 

What other passions do you have?

Blessed with a strong baritone, I enjoy reading books aloud on Twitch (find me @thenightbooks) to help people relax in the evenings. I’m a keen cook, a cosplayer, a lapsed metalhead, a runner, cyclist, and archer, and you can see what books I love here. 

Why should someone join your classes?

Writing creatively is open to anyone who can read and write (no further core tools are required) but it’s much harder to find the good guidance needed to turn this impulse into a structured hobby or an ambitious career move. With me at hand to guide and support you and the other writers in our class, you’ll be given the resources, structure and confidence to take a passion you’ve always had and make it central to your leisure time or to your working lifewhatever you choose to do with your talent and your unique perspective.