Teaching history:

Carly is an experienced creative writing teacher and workshop leader.  She has worked with many different groups including: primary and secondary school children, refugees and asylum seekers, new women writers and university students. While her workshops have covered a wide range of topics, her areas of specialty are historical fiction and performance poetry.

At the university level, she has taught undergraduate Creative Writing classes at the University of Strathclyde for the past three years, covering the foundations of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. Carly also designed and led an eight-week long creative writing course for undergraduates at the University of Glasgow and was a Creative Writing Tutor for SUISS (Scottish Universities International Summer School) at the University of Edinburgh.

She has many years of experience working with children and teens. She acted as an Assistant Director at a youth theatre summer camp in Texas, was a volunteer ‘Befriender’ with Families First in St Andrews, Scotland (meeting for one-to-one fortnightly sessions with a child with difficult home circumstances) and has also worked as an au pair/English tutor in Florence, Italy.

Other organizations that she’s worked with include The Young Walter Scott Prize (co-designing and co-leading historical fiction writing workshops for teens at historic homes in Scotland and England), Spaces of Belonging (co-creating poetry workshops for refugees at Glasgow Botanical Gardens) and Glasgow Women’s Library (developing and leading a performance poetry workshop series for women, helping them to enhance their performance skills).


‘Carly was amazing. I cannot say enough good things. She is Professional, well organised, brilliant, creative, energetic & fun. She is the best critic I’ve ever met & with every 5 minute conversation with her my writing has grown exponentially. She meets students where they are, is respectful & encouraging & yet so constructive.’ – Student at SUISS (Scottish Universities International Summer School) 2019

‘The workshop I attended with Carly Brown was brilliant. I was nervous, but the atmosphere of the workshop was very relaxed and encouraging. I gained a lot of confidence in my ability to perform my own work. Carly is really knowledgeable and easy to work with.’ – Jo Gilbert, 3 time poetry slam winner (attended Women Poets Out Loud: Performance Poetry Workshops at Glasgow Women’s Library)

‘[Carly] was brilliant and always ready to help. I could tell that she was really into the course and into the subject.’ –Student in University of Glasgow undergraduate Creative Writing class

‘This course was helpful in making me more confident about my ideas and my work […] The format of the course, the discussions during workshop, the encouragement to give and get feedback, gave me skills that can be applied for life’- Student in University of Glasgow Creative writing class


Carly is a member of the Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature Database. The program works with communities to help fund author residencies and events such as readings and writing workshops in schools, libraries and other community settings. You can view her page in their author directory here.

Please send any teaching queries to carlybrownwriter@gmail.com. A full CV of her teaching history is also available upon request.