Testimonials

Click on the various sections below to read what people have said about my teaching

... from Adult Creative Writing Students...

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Barbara Henderson: best creative writing teacher ever. Her style of teaching is both engaging and encouraging, and she very skilfully taught a disparate group of fledgling writers how to take the first steps in professional writing. - Karen F (2014)

Barbara has a special talent for encouraging learners to create more than they believed they were capable of writing. She offers varied activities which keep us all focused while empowering us to support and respect each other's work. I wish we could have a lesson every week. - Barbara P (2014)

I thought that Creative Writing was for others. In Barbara's class I felt that I achieved writing of a standard well above my abilities. I can't wait for the next session to begin. - Andy F (2014)

We were skilfully led through a series of exercises until we were all confidently producing pieces of writing to our own 'bests', with Barbara's support and constructive guidance. One sure proof of her teaching skills is that we are all enrolling again for the next course! - Anna E (2014)

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...and Family History Writing Students...

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We agreed how good you were in responding so quickly to us with very constructive ideas of improving our writing. We also talked about how important you have made us feel it is for us getting into a 'thought mind' of the era we were writing about - Brenda M and Maureen D (2013).

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I've written many reports in my professional life. It is only after [BH]'s course that I realise how poorly they read. - Stephen R (2013).

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... and Northumbria University students!

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Of all my modules studied at Northumbria I felt that yours was the one I gained the most from (and enjoyed the most!). It was a really enjoyable module, it sort of made me wish I had just done creative writing all along! - Lauren O.

Barbara is kind and approachable with a teaching style that makes even difficult concepts easy to process and analyse, and the feedback she gives on all submitted work is incredibly insightful and never vague, generalised statements. My grades improved significantly across all modules as a result of her guidance and tuition, and the lessons she taught me have stayed with me long after I graduated - Laura S.

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