Teaching and Mentoring

Jo teaches a successful rolling 10-week evening course on the short story at Goldsmiths University on Tuesdays and Saturdays. For details and to book, click here.
She also teaches courses for Haringey Literature Live who run bespoke writing classes for adults of all levels in North London. For details of workshops and to book click here. 

Jo is also available for mentoring writers on a one-to-one basis at all stages of their writing lives, including:

  • Support and feedback for early forays into writing short stories, life-writing or memoir.
  • Support and feedback for novel process/development/editing.
  • Getting a novel ready for agent submission.
    Contact her using the button to the right of the page for more information and fees. 

Teaching and Mentoring Testimonials

Shelley, Goldsmiths, Spring 2017
This course has shifted the direction of my career. Giovanna is an inspiring, thorough and relatable teacher and her love of the short story form is evident in every session. Each week we concentrated on structure, character, dialogue, starting points and many others ways into the creative process. We bonded as a group and took care in critiquing each others work. Every week felt like a new discovery. I have gone from this course straight into an MA in creative writing - at a much later stage in my life than I would have anticipated.

Angela, Goldsmiths, Autumn 2016
I registered for the short story course looking for a creative outlet having never done any creative writing before. It turned out to be the most stimulating and fun course I have taken in years! The tutor, Giovanna, was both inspiring and encouraging. Each week she guided us through aspects of the short story form and provided an excellent handbook with a great range of short stories for us to read and discuss.

Sara, Goldsmiths, 2017
The short stories course was a really rewarding experience, and I learnt far more about the craft of writing short stories than I thought would be possible in the ten weeks. Giovanna is a hugely knowledgable, entertaining and supportive tutor who has put together a course that is genuinely inspiring. One of the biggest strengths is the range of authors and types of story covered; the course has given me a much better appreciation of how short stories are imagined and written, and the range the form can cover. I'm now enjoying writing creatively for the first time since university, and have this course to thank! 

Catherine, Haringey Literature Live Short Story Writing Student, 2017
It would obviously be a mistake to turn down the opportunity of being in one of Giovanna’s classes. She is both encouraging and intellectually rigorous, furthermore it’s unusual to find such a wholesome, fostering environment in an art form that is frankly rather cutthroat. I think many people will flourish, across a variety of genres,from attending her short story course.

Lucy, Haringey Literature Live Life Writing Student, 2017
I found Giovanna’s Life Writing workshops great! The group was friendly and supportive, and Giovanna is an enthusiastic and encouraging facilitator. She provided us with loads of stimulating ideas and readings and her feedback was always constructive as well as honest. Having been ‘blocked’ for a long time I was pleased that I was able to produce the beginnings of some worthwhile work, and the feedback I got from everyone was helpful and encouraged me to stick at it.