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Dr John Townsend


Sydney tutor in Creative Writing, English, English Literature, Essay Writing, GAMSAT

(1 student review)

I am a qualified (BA Hons, PhD; University of Sydney) English tutor with several years of experience assisting HSC English students and University students in essay writing, creative writing, and major works’ preparation.



I specialise in essay writing and creative writing.

I have mentored many students over the past few years in both secondary and tertiary subjects (including, but not limited to, English, History, Anthropology, and GAMSAT; specifically, any subject which has an essay or report component). My passion is helping students develop and perfect their writing skills, so that they can produce concise, intelligent, high-quality essays for their examiners and for any other forms of assessment.

Students must prepare an essay before each lesson on a topic relevant to their scholastic routine. Each lesson then focuses on assisting the student refine his or her argument, structure, and style of writing.

My own scholarly interests are early-twentieth-century British literary theory, particularly pertaining to poetry and the novel, especially the writings of A.E. Housman, I.A. Richards, and F.R. Leavis, as well as hermeneutics and traditional literary theory, including New Criticism, Reader-Response Criticism, Intentionalism, and Phenomenological Literary Analysis. I also have an interest in historiography and ethnography. In my spare time, I enjoy writing short stories.

I do not travel.

I am available for online (Skype) lessons. I am also available for online essay marking ($50 per 1,000 words).


BA Hons, PhD (University of Sydney).

WWCC Certification (Working With Children Check).


$100 per hour




Joined Tutor Finder on 25-Sep-2017 (updated profile on 24-Sep-2018)
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Creative Writing (Secondary, Tertiary)
English (Secondary, Tertiary)
English Literature (Secondary, Tertiary)
Essay Writing (Secondary, Tertiary)


GAMSAT (Tertiary)

"John has been my tutor for the last 2 years, and has helped me refine my essays and creative writing for both for preliminary and HSC assessments. He is a very knowledgeable, hardworking, and dedicated tutor who understands the syllabus requirements. I have enjoyed my lessons with him, and have noticed a big improvement in my own writing skills. His fee includes the time he takes to read my essay before each lesson and to prepare excellent notes on how to improve it. I would 100% recommend him."

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