Stella has taught creative writing since 1982, for the Guildford Institute, the University of Surrey, the WEA, and various other bodies, including Richmond Adult and Community College at accredited level and writing for pleasure. Her classes emphasise individual development and the channelling of writing ability. She includes all forms of writing, short stories, novels, poetry, memoirs, travel writing and plays. Stella’s courses are for all levels, and beginners are always welcome. Various aspects of writing are included, e.g. shaping short stories, beginning a novel, dialogue, creating characters, writing modern poetry, creating atmosphere. Imagination and craftsmanship are both important. A significant amount of time is spent in reading and discussing members’ work in friendly and constructive atmosphere. There are writing projects and reference to the effectiveness of published works.