Mary Charman-Smith | The Open College of the Arts

Mary Charman-Smith

Having worked as a tutor for the OCA since 2007 on Creative Writing courses I joined the Creative Arts department a few years later.  I thoroughly enjoy working with learners on these courses.  It is really interesting work as each student has their own creative interests and style which it is the tutor’s job to help develop.

My qualifications are BA English, MA Creative Writing and PGCE in post sixteen education.  I also have the diploma to teach English Language to non native speakers and do a small amount of this work privately. I write mainly poetry and some short stories. I also write factual books and have recently researched and written a book about writers who lived and worked in the Sussex area. I am just starting work on a biographical book about my late father who was a cricketer. This is taking me back to the interesting era of the 1950s, a time before I was born but am sorry to have missed.

Regarding Creative Arts I took some modules of this on my first degree. I am very interested in attending events from a range of arts disciplines. Photography interests me as a hobby (I belong to a local photography group).  I try to paint but my main interest in painting, and also with textiles, is to visit art galleries and exhibitions both in person and virtually.  I am interested in music and enjoy playing the guitar.

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