Fran Creffield

International freelance writer and relationship expert

My name is Fran and I am an international freelance writer, tutor, public speaker and workshop leader based in the UK

I have many years of experience working for a variety of clients and I am always keen to expand into new areas, share my knowledge, expertise and further develop my skills.

I recently appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour hosted by Jane Garvey (listen here) discussing the issue of snooping on your partner.

I specialise in writing about relationships and contribute regular monthly articles to eHarmony for their UK and Australian advice sites. I have been with eHarmony for two years and over that time have written, and researched, many different topics concerning love, relationships and online dating.

01:Background

I have always written both for work and pleasure and also enjoy facilitating the process for others – helping people get their thoughts onto the page. I began writing about relationships after completing my training with Relate many years ago. Combined with my interest in writing as a therapeutic tool I began writing articles which I hoped would help people overcome obstacles in their lives and relationships. My aim is to inspire action and create change so that people can have the relationships they want and deserve.

My writing skills are not confined to relationship articles, I also write for newspapers, academic journals, factual and prose pieces and as much of my commercial work is for websites I am proficient in copywriting and SEO. I endeavour to bring a different perspective, a common-sense approach and a hearty dose of curiosity to all the projects I work on. I believe that the more I am engaged in the work, the more engaging my writing will be.

Although my professional qualifications are important it is life that has been my best tutor and inspirational mentors like Gillie Bolton.

She taught me on my first writers training Course at Northern College in Barnsley over 20 years ago. She became my mentor after I finished my MA in 2006 and helped me find my voice as a writer and faith in myself as a facilitator of other people’s growth and learning through words.

I contributed to her book Writing Routes: A Resource Handbook of Therapeutic Writing. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2010.

My creative work led me to participate in a poetry project Company Paradiso funded by the Arts Council to develop partnerships with BBC Radio Berkshire and BBC Radio Sussex. The work resulted in an anthology to which I contributed.


02:Professional qualifications and experience

University of Sussex

2005 - 07

MA Creative Writing and Personal Development

University of York

1994 - 97

BA Hons Educational Studies, 2:1

Relate couples counselling training

1997 - 2002

Relationship counsellor working with couples and individuals on all aspects of relationships. Completed initial 2 year training and participated in all ongoing supervision and training.

York College

2000 - 01

Counselling Skills Levels 1 and 2

Shoreham and District Mental Health Association

2008 - 11

Main duties in this role were to provide guidance and counselling to individuals and groups; run creative writing courses; facilitate poetry workshops; provide 1-1 writing therapy and continually research ways in which writing can be used to promote better mental health.

Contributing writer for eHarmony's UK and AU advice sites

2011 - Present

Writing monthly relationship advice articles for website

Freelance writing for Brand Vaughan estate agents

2011 - Present

Writing creative reviews of properties for sale in the Brighton and Hove area.

Facilitator of therapeutic writing groups

2005 - 2011

As well as the facilitation of the groups I also promoted my work; sourced suitable community venues; devised course structures and made individual plans of action for students who were struggling to write academic essays.


03:Services offered

Writing commissions

I am available to write features, articles and copy for websites. My writing is not limited to relationships, I am always willing to consider writing on new subjects and working with different organisations.

Facilitation work with groups and individuals

One of my primary interests is working as a facilitator using writing as a therapeutic tool for individuals and groups. Courses are group/individual led and can be one offs or ongoing depending on the needs. I am available to work in groups and organisations throughout the UK and further afield by arrangement.

Public speaking

I am a confident, eloquent and articulate public speaker. I am available to give talks and presentations on many different subjects around relationships, communication and writing as a therapeutic tool. I have given presentations at conferences, conventions and recently appeared on BBCs Woman’s Hour (listen here).

Please contact me through the website with queries and to discuss availability and rates.

04:Recommendations

Julia Filsell - Community Manager at Iris Worldwide formerly content manager at eHarmony UK

Fran has been working as a freelancer for eHarmony for the last two years, and I have been highly impressed with the quality of her work. She writes articles each month for our UK and Australian Advice sites, and each article is very well written, researched and executed. She very quickly understood the eHarmony tone and our complex approach to online dating. She is also very punctual and responsive - an essential quality when working in a fast moving online business.

Bella Cranmore – Account Director at Search Marketing Agency: Upstream Connections

Fran is an excellent copywriter and brings years of life experience to everything she works on. On a personal level she has a very natural way with people instantly setting them at ease, and this comes across in her writing. Highly reliable and competent, Fran is also a pleasure to work with.

Suzanne Harrington - Journalist and author of The Liberty Tree: Atlantic Books pub July 2013

Fran has an ability to get to the heart of the matter with insight, intuition and brevity. She is emotionally honest and authentic, and her writing is rich both in knowledge and wisdom.
05:Work Examples

eHarmony bio - http://www.eharmony.co.uk/relationship-advice/using-eharmony/2012/08/biography-fran-creffield#.UZJWT6uF9e0

eHarmony UK advice site - http://www.eharmony.co.uk/relationship-advice/relationships#.UZJc-KuF9e0

eHarmony AUS advice site - http://www.eharmony.com.au/relationship-advice/

Work as "The Dating Diva" - http://www.articlesbase.com/authors/the-dating-diva/1205705

Brand Vaughan profile - http://www.brandvaughan.co.uk/staff-profiles/fran-creffield/

Poetry anthology - http://www.companyparadiso.co.uk/performance-creffiield.html

Book contribution - http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/book/9781849051071

Newspaper articles quoted in - http://www.irishexaminer.com/analysis/mending-hearts-170825.html http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/healthandlife/relationships/sex-and-the-exes-219202.html http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/features/break-ups-that-seal-our-fate-184103.html


06:Get In Touch