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Ross Turner Academics

Creative and critical writers, editors, and private tutors.


Ross heads up a small, handpicked team of creative and critical writers, editors, and private tutors. He is currently completing his practice-led creative writing PhD at York St John University, with a focus on short story cycles.


Previously, he attended the University of Gloucestershire, and achieved his BA (Hons) in Creative Writing, for which he was awarded the Francis Close Hall Creative Writing Prize for the highest dissertation mark, and his MA in Creative and Critical Writing, for which he was awarded a postgraduate bursary from the UoG Annual Fund for Excellence, and the Tutors’ Prize for outstanding academic achievement, achieving the highest aggregate mark on the course. 


Ross continues to publish creative, critical, and academic work. He was the founder and editor-in-chief of Superlative – The Literary Journal, which published quality, innovative work by emerging short story writers, in order to promote new, developing authors and the art of the short story to readers worldwide. 


He is a professional member of the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE), where he attends regular writing conferences and has access to the latest writing in education materials. He enjoys educating, guest lectures on creative writing courses at colleges and universities, and has numerous education and training qualifications.

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Awards & Nominations


Awarded a place on the 2023 Hive Fiction Programme, led by Rachel Bower.


Short story 'I Hate New Country' placed top 3 in 2023 Hive Young Writer's Competition:

'Super character piece, with a lovely feel of a stranger in a strange land. The road trip clichés create a neat tension with the 'new country' on the radio. Feels like the narrator is caught in a movie scene. The narrative detail is precise and controlled and impactful; feels very real. Love also how Stu feels like a character itself. A charming piece of fiction.' - Dan Powell 

Tutors’ Prize for outstanding academic achievement, achieving the highest aggregate mark on Creative & Critical Writing MA, University of Gloucestershire, 2022.

Francis Close Hall Creative Writing Prize for the highest mark in the Creative Writing, University of Gloucestershire, 2020.

Postgraduate bursary from Annual Fund for Excellence, University of Gloucestershire, 2020.


Published in the Pluralist Anthology, 2023.


Undergraduate Award for Academic Attainment, 2022.

Liz Ainsbury's short story Dream published in Superlative's 2021 'Scapes issue nominated for the Pen America Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers.

Faraaz Mahomed's short story Mockingbirds published in Superlative's 2020 New Beginnings issue nominated for the AKO Caine Prize for African Writing.

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GCSE English Student

We enlisted Ross' help for our son in his final year of GCSEs. Here are his words:
'Ross is particularly good with using marking constructively in a way that has helped me improve. He explained everything in a clear understandable way which reinforced my abilities and helped boost my confidence. His calm demeanour makes him easy to get on with and approachable with various questions. During the time Ross was tutoring me I improved by 4 grades in the space of 2 to 3 months and I was feeling well prepared for my exams.'

English as a 2nd Language

I've had a fair amount of lessons so far, and benefited immensely from it. What's great about our workshops is that it is not staid academic English lessons, rather, we have worked on creative writing, blogs and even types of writing (like op-eds and short form) that I need to enhance in order to become better at my job working PR!

For me, as someone who is not new to writing, Ross has managed to really stretch my abilities and articulation, and the latter goes the long way beyond just writing.

His passion and dedication really engages you in each and every session.

Postgraduate Dissertation

I am so glad that I picked Ross to help me through my dissertation because he is very supportive and helpful. He is always there when needed and he is very good at editing and he is very patient too. I highly recommend him.

Creative Writing MA Student

Ross is a marvellous tutor: warm, knowledgeable and encouraging. He is incredibly thorough, professional and reliably punctual. What more, it's clear he has a genuine love of language and literature and that passion shines through in his work.

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