“Belinda develops and facilitates fun, challenging and rewarding reflective learning experiences through her inventive use of a range of media – and she receives extremely positive feedback from our explorers.” Honor Wilson-Fletcher MBE, CEO British Exploring Society
Adventure & Outdoors Environment
Winner of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom Advocate Award 2017
Crafting evocative writing about the outdoors, adventure and travel can be challenging. But it’s also incredibly powerful when it connects fully with the reader. I explore the techniques you can harness in bespoke training sessions, including a two-day course for Explorers Connect. One of those was attended by Explorers Connect founder, Belinda Kirk:
“A thoroughly enjoyable and informative course. Belinda is a natural teacher and her enthusiasm and rich experience across all mediums is absolutely invaluable to any budding writer. The best writing course I have personally been on”
I’ve also acted as Creative Media Leader on two five-week expeditions for the youth personal development charity, the British Exploring Society: to the Canadian Yukon in 2017 and to the Indian Himalaya in 2016.
The role involved helping extraordinary young explorers tell extraordinary expedition tales. Working in a challenging expedition environment, it saw me communicating a wide range of media skills to help our adventurers reflect on their experiences, capture them and share them. Crucially, we explored ways to use media as a tool to facilitate and reflect on personal development and as a means to convey it.
I can also produce videos which convey what young people make of their personal development pathways. Click here for a five-minute insight into British Exploring’s 2017 Yukon expedition.
“Belinda is one of our most active and progressive Media Leaders – volunteering across both our Open and Invited expeditions. She develops and facilitates fun, challenging and rewarding reflective learning experiences through her inventive use of a range of media – and she receives extremely positive feedback from our explorers. The British Exploring team also love working with Belinda – she is energetic, positive, challenging, creative, thoughtful and utterly engaged with our mission and vision.” Honor Wilson-Fletcher MBE, CEO British Exploring Society
Industry & Education Sector Subjects range from writing and copywriting, to radio journalism – including voice training/news reading; creative story treatments; news writing; creative packaging; radio car lives.
Clients range from the BBC and marketing organisations, to university colleges and adult education providers.
Communicating best practice is about so much more than just outlining what to do. Instead I’ll help people arrive at the right conclusions themselves, through inspiring, interactive, confidence-building sessions. These ensure key points are conveyed and produce lasting change.
“Belinda is highly organised, always reliable and a pleasure to work with”, Liz Miller, Marjon
BBC Guernsey (2013 & 2009-current) Radio trainer. Covers voice training/news reading; creative story treatments; news writing; creative packaging; radio car lives.
Visit Kent (2013) Copywriting workshop. Writing to a brief; target ‘audiences’; empathetic, emotive text; structure; brevity; meter; rhythm; ‘sound’.
“The session was highly inspirational, inclusive for all and above all fun” Lynnette Crisp, Visit Kent
University of St Mark and St John (Marjon), Plymouth (2003-current). Visiting Lecturer, Journalism BA (Hons). Devise and deliver Broadcast (Radio) Journalism module, which covers: recording; interviewing; digital audio editing; writing; ethical practice; crafting and structuring a radio documentary.
Marjon (2011-current ). Visiting Lecturer, Sports Journalism BA (Hons). Voice training.
Marjon (2007 & 2008). Visiting Lecturer, Media Studies BA (Hons). Co-devised and delivered magazine journalism module. Covered: range of topics from developing an idea through to writing techniques and delivering a pitch
“Belinda is a very effective communicator and her background as a professional broadcast journalist and writer brings credibility and insight to her teaching practice” Liz Miller, Marjon
Falmouth University (2005-2010). Visiting Lecturer, Broadcast Journalism MA. Included voice work, bulletin preparation, news script writing, news judgement, use of language, running the news desk, freelancing.
Exeter College (2007-current). Associate Lecturer. Devise and deliver Adult Education course in Freelance Journalism.
2008: Preparing to Teach in the Life Long Learning Sector (PTLLS; City & Guilds) City College, Plymouth.
1993: Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism; Falmouth School of Art and Design (now Falmouth University).