Zella runs a variety of creative writing workshops. These range from basic getting started, to fourth draft editing, with character, structure, plot and much more in-between.

She tailors her workshops to suit the levels and needs of workshop attendees. She teaches creative writing, performance poetry, and one act play writing.

Zella’s taught at many primary schools, senior and universities as well as for The Royal Court, Chichester Festival Theatre and New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth. She is happy to design bespoke sessions for groups.

She’s a guest AUTHOR for able writing programme for students at primary and secondary schools in order to stimulate both able and reluctant writers via Authors Abroad (ongoing).

Zella also mentors other writers, and provides editing feedback. Contact Zella for availability and price.


The workshops were so enlightening and made me think in an entirely different way about writing and planning my work. How Zella managed to pack so many exercises into three sessions and still retain the fun element was impressive.” Jackie Green.

“Zella’s feedback is honest, constructive, incisive and extremely useful.” Diana Bretherwick.

“Zella knows the nuts and bolts of storytelling inside out and upside down, and clearly shares those nuggets of information that can make all the difference to good writing.” Esther Harris.

‘This a just an email to say what a wonderful experience we had with Zella Compton on Nov 28th.  We were writing epic poems and the quality of work that the children produced was in deed EPIC! She has a lovely way with the children and was able through her advice and choice of activities and tasks to really get the children writing imaginatively and creatively! And most of all, getting the children to enjoy the writing they were creating! Thanks for the opportunity to meet her!’ Mrs Debbie Short Assistant Head Mansel Park Primary School

‘Zella has visited our children twice now. The children always have a fantastic time working with her, and come out of her sessions full of excitement and ready to share some quality written work. She is able to provide children with a special and unique experience which really gives them a chance to shine- we look forward to having her back again.’ David Harris, Waterside

“Zella Compton visiting Portchester Community School has been one of the best enrichment activities I’ve personally organised. Zella was very engaging with our students and pitched her presentation appropriately for the age groups. It was a pleasure to see so many students, especially dis-engaged Year 9 boys, asking her questions and even buying copies of Zella’s book. Even months after her visit, students are asking me when she is coming back. I will be definitely asking her back to Portchester again based on the impact she has on our students.” Mr Wood, English Teacher, Portchester Community School (senior)

“Thank you so much for your visit to Crofton yesterday, the Creative Writing group was in awe of you and valued your tuition tremendously. They were particularly thrilled by the section where you focussed on ‘Character Inspiration’; it gave many of them ideas to take forward for their own writing. Overall I think what you achieved with the cross-section of students from different year groups was fabulous. I have informed my Head Teacher of the success and he too was delighted.” Mrs Winkles, English Teacher, Crofton (senior)

“The children (and staff) were thoroughly captivated! Zella was humorous, engaging and presented an extremely educational workshop for our children. They were inspired! They were also motivated as many went back and started writing stories in class that very day!” Mr Dampier, Literacy Manager, Droxford (junior)

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