The Writers' Workshop. What We Do.


Established in June 2005, The Writers' Workshop is the world's leading consultancy for first time writers. We offer professional feedback on your work, run courses, hold events, host a mass of free advice on this site, and we scout for literary agents.

Our editorial team comprises professional authors, screenwriters and former commissioning editors at major publishing houses.

As the largest firm of our kind, we are probably also the best connected. We run the industry’s leading Festival of Writing. We have superb connections with literary agents & film agents. We also work with some of the world’s leading publishers. If you need a door opened, we can probably open it. Our clients have achieved remarkable success and they have nice things to say about us.

The firm was set up by Harry Bingham, himself a bestselling author of both fiction and non-fiction. Harry's work has been published in the UK, the US, Australia, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, China, Japan and numerous other territories besides. He has been short-and long-listed for major literary awards. His Getting Published is the standard work on the subject. (Read more.)

We recruit only the very best editors - ones who have between them published 100s of books, and have won or been shortlisted for numerous awards, including:

• Orange Broadband • Orange New Writer • Whitbread Best Book • Hawthornden • Betty Trask • Crime Writers Ass'n Best First Novel • Sinclair Prize • Guardian Fiction • Authors' Club Best First Novel • Commonwealth Writers 1st Novel • Goss First Novel • Pendleton May Best First Novel • Guardian Children's Fiction • Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize • Dazed & Confused Most Promising Author • Esquire/Waterstones Non-fiction • PEN/JR Ackerley Autobiography • Radio 4 Writer of the Year • RNA New Writers • WHS Thumping Good Read • and many others

We also work with screenplays, and our film & TV team includes screenwriters who have sold work to Miramax, Working Title, Film4, the BBC, ITV, the Film Council, ABC, CBS, Icon, Gorgeous, and many more besides. Between them, our team is responsible for hundreds of hours of screened entertainment.

Alma Alexander

 fiction editors 1It might have been Alma's poet grandfather who first kindled her passion for language when she was still a toddler, but she has pursued her passion and has been in love with words all her life. She has written short stories, non-fiction (an autobiography based on her childhood in Africa), and a number of novels.

The Secrets of Jin Shei, nominated for the Orange Prize and a finalist in the Washington State Book awards in 2005, is currently published in thirteen languages worldwide; her other novels include Embers of Heaven, The Hidden Queen, Changer of Days, and the YA Worldweavers trilogy (Gift of the Unmage, 2007; Spellspam, 2008; Cybermage, 2009) which includes Nikola Tesla as one of its major characters.

She lives in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, with her husband, two cats, and assorted visiting wildlife.(http://www.almaalexander.com/)


Debi Alper

fiction editors 2  Debi is the author of six novels, the first two of which Nirvana Bites and Trading Tatiana, were published by Orion to critical acclaim.

Her books are contemporary urban thrillers set among the sub-cultures and she expounds her themes with generosity of spirit and dark humour. Over the years, she has worked as a charity finance officer, a photographer, farm labourer, life model and wig maker. She wrote her first novel as a direct result of being in a local writers' group and still writes in long hand lying on the settee.

An unexpected result of giving up her day job to concentrate on writing is that she spends a lot of time concentrating on helping other writers to perfect their novels through critiques, mentoring, Book Editor sessions and creative writing workshops. Debi edits in all genres and several authors that she has worked with have been signed up with agents and gone on to see their books published.

She lives in South London with her partner and two teenage sons. She sometimes feels like a tiny island of oestrogen afloat in a sea of testosterone and smelly socks. (http://www.debialper.co.uk/)

  


Richard BlandfordRichard Blandford

Richard is the author of Hound Dog (Jonathan Cape), described as “’Phoenix Nights’ meets American Psycho in Cambridge’". Hound Dog is a novel of redemption and rock’n’roll, masturbation and morality.

The Observer has described it as “Slick, efficient and faintly nasty, this novel croons indie Brit-flick.”

The TV rights to Hound Dog have been sold to GRD Productions.

Richard's second novel Flying Saucer Rock and Roll, came out with Cape, 2008.

Richard lives in Worthing and is currently completing a Young Adult novel. He has been a fiction editor for the Writers' Workshop for more than five years. (http://www.richardblandford.com/)


fiction editors 4Rebecca Connell

 Rebecca lives in south London.

She has published two literary novels, THE ART OF LOSING (2009) and TOLD IN SILENCE (2010), with Fourth Estate (HarperCollins), and is currently working on a literary crime novel.

Rebecca graduated from Oxford University, where she read English Language and Literature, in 2001.

She has worked as an agent's assistant, an assistant producer developing programme ideas for major television production companies, and a market researcher. (Publisher's biog of Rebecca here.)


Howard Cunnell

Howard has a PhD from the University of London, and has been a Leverhulme Fellow at the University of Sussex. He is the author of two novels - Marine Boy (2008), and The Sea on Fire (Picador, 2012), described by The Guardian as 'mapping new noir territory in an incandescent underwater world.' He is also the editor of Jack Kerouac's On the Road - The Original Scroll (Viking, 2007), which in a front page review The New York Times called 'the living version for our time.' A former professional scuba diving instructor, he lives in London with his wife and children.  (http://howardcunnell.com/)


Emma Darwin

fiction editors 6 Emma’s debut novel 'The Mathematics of Love' was published in 2006. The Times described it as: “that rare thing, a book that works on every conceivable level. A real achievement”, and it was was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers and Goss First Novel awards, longlisted for the Prince Maurice Prize and the RNA Novel of the Year, and has been translated into many languages.

Emma’s bestselling second novel, 'A Secret Alchemy', was published in 2008; the Daily Mail acclaimed it as “powerful and utterly convincing”, and The Times as one of their 50 Best Paperbacks of 2009.

Emma is an Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing with the Open University and has a PhD in Creative Writing, in which she explored the writing of historical fiction. Her short fiction has been published and broadcast, and she teaches workshops and one-day courses, in addition to her work as a book editor.

Emma was born in London and still lives there, after interludes in Manhattan and Brussels. (http://www.emmadarwin.com/)


Susan Davis

 

An experienced editor and tutor, Susan is also the prizewinning author of many short stories for adults, which have been widely anthologized and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Orange Prize Winner Linda Grant said of her: ‘This is a writer triumphantly in control of her material, of her style and of her ideas.’

'The Henry Game' (2002) the first of her Young Adult trilogy for Random House became an Ottakar’s Book of the Month and went on to be short-listed for the Lancashire Book Award. The sequel, Delilah and the Dark Stuff was described by the Borders Bookshop Chain as ‘a satisfying blend of girl power and supernatural frolics’. Mad, Bad and Totally Dangerous completed the trilogy. All three novels were described by fantasy author Katherine Roberts as ‘wickedly funny’, and featured in The Ultimate Teen Book Guide.

Susan is also a literary mentor, and has tutored Arvon workshops. (Publishers biog of Susan here.)


Hal Duncan

Hal Duncan

Hal has over twenty years critiquing experience as a member of the Glasgow SF Writers Circle, and a half dozen years writing for a living, mainly fiction and poetry but also a considerable amount of literary criticism and commentary via his regular 'Notes from New Sodom' column for BSC Review. He's also made forays beyond print, writing a queer rock musical which debuted as a student production in Chicago last year, and lyrics for a collaboration with Scottish band Aereogramme on /Ballads of the Book/ album from Chemikal Underground.

A blend of pulp and postmodernism, his first novel, VELLUM, was described by Lucius Shepard as 'the Guernica of genre fiction', and shared awards shortlists with everyone from Neil Gaiman (BFS Award) to Brett Easton Ellis and Haruki Murakami (World Fantasy Award).

It won the Spectrum Award (for LGBT science-fiction/fantasy), the Kurd-Lasswitz-Preis and Tuehtivaeltaja (for the German and Finnish translations respectively) and was nominated for the Crawford, the Locus and (for the French translation) the Prix Europeen Utopiales.

(http://notesfromthegeekshow.blogspot.co.uk/)


Edward Fenton

 Edward has worked as a writer and book editor for over 20 years.

His novel Scorched Earth won the Sinclair Prize for Fiction (judged by a panel of five Booker judges), and he has also written for BBC Radio (Radios 1, 3 and 4) and Chrysalis TV.

As a script consultant and editor, he has worked on adult and children’s fiction, as well as on the libretto of an opera performed at the BBC Proms.

He is currently the editor of ‘The Oxford Writer’, and runs an independent publishing company, whose titles have featured in the ‘Books of the Year’ lists of novelists Iain Sinclair and Martin Amis (among others) in several national newspapers and magazines.

He lives in Oxfordshire where his small publishing company is also based. (http://www.day-books.com/)


Jocelyn Ferguson

 Jocelyn began her career writing for the theatre and enjoyed significant success in the field before taking up fiction.

Her first novel, Rope Tricks, was published by Virago to critical acclaim.

Her second novel, Tree of Sails, was published in 1996, and brought her an Arts Council Writer’s Award.

She has taught Creative Writing for at Warwick and Keele Universities, Literature at Stafford University, as well as English Literature and Drama in schools and colleges. She is currently working in Belfast, and loving it.

She is currently devoting her time to fiction. (University profile of Jocelyn.)


Jill Foulston

Jill Foulston

Jill has been a commissioning editor at Virago, Little Brown and Penguin and has worked with some of the most exciting names in contemporary fiction - among them Sarah Waters, Michelle Lovric and Heidi Julavits - as well as classic authors such as Paul Bowles and Muriel Spark.

Jill was also responsbile for co-founding the independent publisher Arcadia, voted Sunday Times Small Publisher of the Year. Her two anthologies for Virago Press, The Joy of Eating and The Virago Book of the Joy of Shopping have been described as 'sensual, funny and captivating, with plenty to beguile and astonish'.

She has been an invited speaker on the creative writing course at Bath Spa University and has written short stories, reviews and features, contributing to the Times Literary Supplement, Slightly Foxed and Waitrose Food Illustrated as well as various other magazines. In 2008 she received an award from the Authors' Foundation. (Publisher's bio of Jill.)


Elizabeth Garner

  Liz was born in Cheshire, grew up in the north of England and now lives in Oxford, where she works as a script editor. She is the winner of a Betty Trask Award, as well as having been shortlisted for a couple of other significant awards.

As a script editor, Liz has worked extensively in the industry. She has been on the scriptreading board of Miramax and advised them on potential novel adaptations. She was also formerly head of development at Gorgeous, an independent film company. She now works as a script editor for a number of UK-based companies.

Liz is also a successful novelist, and understands the creative process well. Her first novel 'Nightdancing' (from Hodder Headline) was short-listed for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award and also for the Pendleton May First Novel Award. Her second novel, 'Edgar Jones', was recently released by the same publishers. (United Agents' profile of Liz.)


Gary Gibson

  Gary is the author of four science fiction novels (all published by Pan Macmillan / Tor UK), with several more in the pipeline.

Amongst his work is the well-regarded Shoal Sequence, including Stealing Light, Nova War and the forthcoming Empire of Light. His work fits comfortably into the 'new space opera' mould.

Occasional explorations into other media over the years have seen him publish and edit small-press comics, and he has also written a short-short comedy drama for the BBC.

Although a native of Glasgow, Scotland, he currently lives in Taipei in the Far East. (http://www.garygibson.net/)


Julia Hamilton

  Julia is the author of six novels, most recently Forbidden Fruits and Other People's Rules, both from HarperCollins.

Before those, Julia published with Penguin (A Pillar of Society, The Good Catholic, and After Flora) and Collins / Flamingo (The Idle Hill of Summer).

Other People's Rules was described by Rosamunde Pilcher as "A clever story, a really good read."

Julia grew up in Scotland, and now divides her time between London and Oxfordshire, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She has worked as a fiction editor for the WW for well over five years. (Wise words from Julia here.)

 


Geraldine Harris

Geraldine is the author of five fantasy novels: 'White Cranes Castle' and the internationally acclaimed 'Seven Citadels' quartet.

A new edition of this classic series has just come out.

Until recently, Geraldine worked as a Egyptologist at Oxford University. She has drawn on her deep knowledge of the ancient world to publish retellings of Egyptian myth, academic works on magic and religion in the ancient world, as well as a number of educational books for children.

She is both a contributor to and an entry in ' The Cambridge Guide to Children's Book in English'. (http://www.geraldine-harris.me.uk/)


Tania Hershman

  Tania's two loves are short stories and science. A former science journalist, originally from London and now living in Bristol, Tania was commended by the judges of the 2009 Orange Award for New Writers for her first short story collection, The White Road and Other Stories published by Salt Modern Fiction. Half of the stories in the collection are inspired by articles from New Scientist magazine, and the other half are "flash fiction", under 1000 words long.

Tania's short stories, flash fiction and prose poems have been published in print and online in publications including PANK magazine, Litro, Metazen, Contrary, elimae, Smokelong Quarterly, Nature, Riptide, the London Magazine, and Cafe Irreal. She has had three stories broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Tania is the European regional winner of the 2008 Commonwealth Broadcasting Association's short story competition and winner of the 2009 Binnacle Ultra-Short Competition. Tania's passion for sh ort stories led her to founding The Short Review, an online journal dedicated to reviewing short story collections and anthologies. For more information about Tania, please visit her website.


Rebecca Horsfall

  Rebecca is the author of Dancing on Thorns, a character driven page turner published by Random House, centering on the world of ballet. Elle Magazine have described her as “The new Jilly Cooper.”

She worked, on and off, for more than a decade for a West End producer as a script supervisor and assistant producer before writing what The Bookseller described as “736 unputdownable pages of pure delight”.

She has done office work, theatre directing, teaching, theatrical management — as well as working in a microbiology lab. She has been a fiction editor for the Writers' Workshop since (almost) its inception.

She has been happily married for fifteen years. (http://www.rebeccahorsfall.com/)


Jane Jakeman

  Jane is the author of The Malfine trilogy, three atmospheric crime novels set in the early nineteenth-century. The books are Let There Be Blood, The Egyptian Coffin and Fool's Gold.

She's also the author of four other novels, also crime fiction set in the past. She's also edited a lavishly illustrated eighteenth century recipe book, Kidder's Receipts.

Jane is the author of numerous articles and reviews in British journals and newspapers, such as The New Statesman, Independent and The Sunday Times. She regularly reviews crime fiction for the Independent.

She has a doctorate in Art History from Oxford, where she now lives with her husband and two cats. (http://malfine.tripod.com/)


Sheena Joughin

Sheena has won several prizes for her short stories, but now concentrates on longer fiction and has published two novels.

Fay Weldon said of Things to do Indoors (2003) “She writes like an angel and thinks like the devil”, and Julie Burchill wrote “I love this book”.  Her  successful debut was followed by Swimming Underwater in 2005, which was widely reviewed and admired. (“Both philosophical and a pleasure”, said The Guardian).

Sheena has also written The Hamlyn History of Twentieth Century Fiction, and reviews for The Times Literary Supplement, The Independent and The New Statesman. She has taught poetry and fiction workshops in London for the past five years, and is a lecturer on the Creative Writing course at Bath Spa University, which complements her work as a fiction editor.

In 2007, she started The Life-Writing Project in West London. (United Agents' profile of Sheena here.)



Celine Kelly

Celine is an experienced editor with years of experience working at two of the biggest trade publishers in the UK.

She began her publishing career at a small publishing house in Dublin, TownHouse, before moving to Heardline Publishing Group in London. Here she worked primarily on commercial women's fiction and young adult fiction.

She is currently an editor at Penguin where she edits big brand women's fiction, as well as debut novelists, historical fiction, reading group fiction and some crime and psychological thrillers

Celine lives in London.

Daren King

Daren has written since he was old enough to pick up a pen without putting it in his mouth.

His first children's novel, Mouse Noses on Toast, won first prize in the 6-8 age category of the Nestle Children's Book Prize, and his debut adult novel, Boxy an Star, was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and longlisted for the Booker Prize.

His books have been published around the world, including Canada and the US, and have been translated into Italian, German and Russian.

Daren also offers a Complete Novel Writing Course through the Writers' Workshop - and welcomes any potential new students who want to be mentored through the entire novel writing cycle: from first sentence to final full stop. More details here. Author photo credited to Rankin. (http://www.darenking.com/)


Sophie King / Jane Bidder

Sophie King is the pen name for journalist Jane Bidder. Sophie has had five novels published in the last five years by Hodder & Stoughton. She describes them as ‘funny but serious’ domestic dramas, covering divorce through to truculent teens and grannies. Her current novel THE WEDDING PARTY was recently short listed for Love Story of the Year.

Sophie’s non-fiction books include HOW TO WRITE YOUR FIRST NOVEL and HOW TO WRITE SHORT STORIES AND GET PUBLISHED. She has won various awards including the Elizabeth Goudge Trophy and was also runner up for the Harry Bowling Award in 2004.

As a journalist, Sophie/Jane has written for most national newspapers and magazines so can help writers make the transition from journalist-speak to fiction. She has also had several short stories published in women’s magazines. Sophie lectures in creative writing at Oxford University and at Skyros. She also gives regular workshops at festivals. www.sophieking.info.

 

Paul Kingsnorth

Paul Kingsnorth is a novelist, poet and essayist. He is the author of two political travelogues,One No, Many Yeses (2003), and Real England (2008). His first poetry collection, Kidland, was published in 2011. He has won several awards for his poetry and essays,  and has written journalism for numerous publications around the world.

His first novel, The Wake, was published in April 2014. A tale of Anglo-Saxon resistance to the Norman Conquest of 1066, it is written throughout in a ‘shadow tongue’ designed to mimic Old English for the modern reader. Reviewing it in The Guardian, novelist Adam Thorpe described The Wake as ‘a literary triumph.’ Philip Pullman has described the book as ‘extraordinary’, Heathcote Williams has called it ‘an astonishing feat of imagination’, and Jay Griffiths says it is ‘an extraordinary, orginal and spellbinding book.’

Paul is also is co-founder and director of the Dark Mountain Project, an international network of writers, artists and thinkers who seek to challenge the stories our culture tells about itself. He lives on a smallholding in County Galway, Ireland. His website is www.paulkingsnorth.net

 


William Kowalski

  William is a novelist, screenwriter, and book reviewer for the Globe and Mail.  The New York Times has called him 'exuberant' and 'a talented stylist'.  His first book, the internationally best-selling Eddie's Bastard (1999), won South Africa's Exclusive Books Ama-Boeke (Book Lover's) Award in 2001, and was twice named to Booksense 76.  Of his second novel, Somewhere Out of Here (2001), the New York Times said, '[this book] has all the bravado of a bar stool reminiscence... Kowalski's characters could be escapees from a Kerouac novel.'

His third novel, The Adventures of Flash Jackson, was an alternate selection of the Literary Guild Book of the Month Club in 2003.  The Scottish Daily Record said of his fourth novel, The Good Neighbour (2004): 'Atmospheric, emotional and beautifully eloquent, Kowalski weaves an engrossing story.'  William's fiction has been translated into fifteen languages. He is also the author of three books for reluctant adult readers: The Barrio Kings (2010), The Way it Works (2010) and the forthcoming Something Noble (2011), all published by Orca Book Publishers

William was born in Ohio and has lived on both the East and West coasts of the United States.  A graduate of the Great Books program of St. John's College in Santa Fe, NM, William now lives in Nova Scotia, Canada with his wife and children. (http://www.williamkowalski.com/)

 

Janet Laurence

Chiefly known as a crime novelist, Janet Laurence has also published general women’s fiction under the pen name of Julia Lisle. She is also a member of the Guild of Food Writers and has published food and cookery.

There are two series of crime novels: the ten Darina Lisle culinary mysteries, and three Canaletto historical mysteries, plus the first in a new series set in Edwardian England. Janet has held crime writing courses in Tasmania as a Visiting Fellow/Writer in Residence at the University of Tasmania, and at St John’s College in Sydney. She has also run courses at Swannick and Caerleon Writing holidays and at each of the CrimeFest conventions in Bristol.

Chairman of the Crime Writers’ Association 1998-1999.  Included in The Times ‘100 Masters of Crime’. Member of the Detection Club.


 

 


Robin Lloyd-Jones

  Robin is the author of three novels, two collections of short stories and half a dozen non-fiction books. His novel, Lord of the Dance, won the BBC Bookshelf First Novel Award and was entered for the Booker Prize. ‘Amazing imaginative brilliance,’ said The Times of this novel.

Robin also writes radio drama, his play, Ice in Wonderland, winning the Radio Times Best Drama Script for 1992. The Sunlit Summit, Robin's biography of the mountaineer, W H Murray, has just won the Saltire Society's 2013 Research Book of the Year Award. Robin has conducted many writers' workshops and, for four years, he was a tutor in Creative Writing at Glasgow University. Robin is a former president of the Scottish Association of Writers for whom he has adjudicated many short story and novel competitions. He has been an editor of fiction and non-fiction for the Writers' Workshop for many years.

He lives in Helensburgh, on the west coast of Scotland, with his wife.

For more information, visit his website.


Michelle Lovric

Michelle writes novels for adults and children. She has particular interests in Venice, art and the history of medicine.

Her first novel, Carnevale, is the story of the portrait-painter Cecilia Cornaro, described by The Times as the possessor of 'the most covetable life' in fiction in 2001. In The Floating Book, a chorus of characters relates the perilous birth of printing in Venice, examining the translation of raw emotion into saleable merchandise. Lovric's third novel, The Remedy, a literary murder-mystery set against the background of 18th Century quack medicine, was long-listed for the 2005 Orange Price for Fiction.

In her latest, The Book of Human Skin, Lovric returns to the theme of art, with a plot revolving around a transgressive portrait of a supposedly dead nun in Peru. She also explores the issues of Holy Anorexia, unmitigated villainy and a very unusual form of bibliomania. Her first novel for young adult readers, The Undrowned Child, was described by The Independent as 'gripping, elegant and original'. A sequel, The Mourning Emporium, was published November 2010.

She is currently a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the Courtauld Institute of Art. For more information see her website: www.michellelovric.com.


Lesley McDowall

Lesley McDowell is the author of fiction and non-fiction, as well as short stories, and is also a literary critic for a number of broadsheets including The Independent on Sunday, The Herald and The Scotsman. Her first novel, The Picnic, was published in 2007 and her first work of non-fiction, Between the Sheets: The Literary Liaisons of Nine 20th Century Women Writers appeared in 2010. It was very widely reviewed and shortlisted for the Scottish Book Awards 2011. Lesley has also been shortlisted for the Orange/Scotsman Short Story Award 2005, and has twice been the recipient of writing awards from Creative Scotland. Her second novel, Unfashioned Creatures, will be published in November 2013. She also writes a regular blog about literary matters at www.lesleymcdowellwriter.blogspot.com.

 


Ernesto Mestre

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Ernesto Mestre has over 12 years of experience working with writers as an editor, teacher, and coach.

Many of the writers he has worked with have gone on to publish their work at major houses like Knopf, Harper Collins, and Norton.  He is the author of three novels, The Lazarus Rumba, The Second Death of Única Aveyano, and the forthcoming Sacrificio, has translated four Latin American novels from the Spanish, and has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

He is currently Assistant Professor of Fiction at Brooklyn College and has taught at Sarah Lawrence College and City College of New York. (University profile of Ernesto here.)


Alan McKenzie

Alan is our editor for graphic novels. He spent the first ten years of his

working life trying to get away from comics, a task made especially difficult since he was an assistant editor on first MAD magazine and House of Hammer. In a burst of warped logic, he joined Marvel Comics to edit venerated film magazine Starburst but somehow acquired Doctor Who Monthly into his portfolio.

After spending a couple of years as a freelance author, writing three non-fiction books, he somehow fetched up on the editorial staff of the UK’s premier weekly adventure comic 2000AD, where he contributed Judge Dredd stories and created the characters Universal Soldier, Brigand Doom, Bradley and the fan-favourite The Journal of Luke Kirby, which chronicled the adventures of a boy wizard ten years before there was Harry Potter.

Alan is currently working on two graphic novels with long-time collaborators Steve Parkhouse and Brett Ewins. (See Alan's How to Draw and Sell Comics on Amazon.)


Haydn Middleton

  Haydn has written for a living since 1980.

His seven literary-fantasy novels range from The People in the Picture (hailed by Anthony Burgess as ‘an astonishing fictional debut’) to Grimm’s Last Fairytale (‘a modern fairytale that should last at least a hundred years’ according to USA’s Kirkus Reviews).

He has lectured on or taught creative writing in England, America, Greece and Australia.

Haydn is, by a distance, our most prolific editor, having written more than seventy books for children - some of which are admittedly very short indeed! (Haydn's biog on Christopher LIttle Agency site here.)

 


Eloise Millar

 

Elly's first novel, Wednesday's Child, was published by Virago in 2004 and went on to be shortlisted for the YoungMinds Award. She is currently working on her second novel, (Bleeding Heart Yard), Elly also moonlights as a journalist, writing mainly for the The Guardian.

 Recently, she's also moved into ghost-writing. She has eight years experience in editorial work and publishing.

The Bleeding Heart Yard has been commissioned by TimeWarner and has received awards from the Arts Council and the Authors' Foundation. (Elly's page on the MBA literary agency site here.)


Sam Mills

Sam MillsSam Mills was born in 1975 and graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English Lang & Lit. Since then she has been a full-time novelist and has published 11 books to date.

Her young adult novels, 'A Nicer Way to Die', 'The Boys Who Saved the World' and 'Blackout' are dark, crossover thrillers which are published in the UK by Faber & Faber. Her work has been translated into 5 languages. 'The Boys Who Saved the World', a satire on the War on Terror, is currently being made into a film with Tyger Drew-Honey, the star of the TV Series 'Outnumbered', due to play the lead. 'Blackout' has been nominated for the Carnegie prize and the Manchester Book Award, and was recently shortlisted for the Lancashire Book Award.

Her debut adult novel as Samantha Mills, 'The Quiddity Will Self', a quirky literary novel about sex, death, Will Self and the Great Vowel Shift, was published by Corsair in 2012. (Sam's Faber & Faber page here. She also plays American football quite successfully.)


Tiffany Murray

  Tiffany has taught creative writing at The University of East Anglia, Bath Spa University and Manchester Metropolitan University.

She edited Pretext 8: Once Upon A Time… with Helon Habila and her novel Happy Accidents was published to excellent reviews in 2004.

She is the recipient of a 2005 Arts Council grant and Happy Accidents has been longlisted for The Everyman Bollinger Wodehouse Prize. Tiffany's writing has appeared in The Times, The Independent and The Observer.

She lived and worked in New York for many years but currently lives in Herefordshire. She has an MA and PhD in Creative and Critical writing from UEA. (http://www.tiffanymurray.com/)


Jenny Newman

Jenny  Jenny is Reader in Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University. She is also the acclaimed author of two novels (Going In, and Life Class), and her short fiction has been published by, among others, The London Magazine and broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Many writers will also know her for The Writers' Workbook, a text that has become a crucial learning tool for creative writing students. Booker Prize-winning novelist Barry Unsworth said of The Writer's Workbook, "I wish I'd had it at my elbow when I started out."

Jenny has also recently co-edited British and Irish Novelists: An Introduction through Interviews.

She also teaches fiction writing for the Arvon foundation. (Jenny's course at Mslexia here.)


Martin Ouvry

  Martin worked as a professional musician in Europe and the US before going to the University of East Anglia where he gained a First in English and received the Alumni Prize for Fiction in his year on the Creative Writing MA. Martin has taught widely, including as an associate tutor at UEA.

His work has appeared in various anthologies and magazines including Tell Tales, New Writing and Esquire, and has been translated into Chinese. Martin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow and is a grateful recipient of an Arts Council Writer’s Award and a 2010 Wingate Scholarship.

He has also reviewed books for the Observer, the Sunday Times and the Financial Times.

He is represented by Andrew Kidd at Aitken Alexander Associates. (AAA page here.)


Anastasia Parkes

  Anastasia Parkes has an MA in English Literature from Oxford and has lived in London and Cairo. She presently works as a secretary for criminal defence lawyers and as a portrait photographer. She also writes freelance features for publications such as The Times, The Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday, The Lady and You And Your Baby magazine. Under the pseudonym Primula Bond, she has written three erotic novels (Country Pleasures, Club Crème and Behind the Curtain) and numerous short stories for Virgin Books, a novella (Out of Focus) and solo collection of short stories for Xcite Books, and a further novella (Sisters in Sin) and numerous short stories for the HarperCollins imprint Avon. When she's not also working on completing a literary novel, she works as a book editor for aspiring erotic, romatic and literary writers.

She lives in Winchester and is married to Richard, a solicitor. She has three sons aged 23, 12 and 8.  (Interview with her here.)


Dexter Petley

Dexter Dexter is the acclaimed author of a number of novels: a literary noir whodunnit, Little Nineveh (Polygon 1995), Joyride (Fourth Estate, 1999),  White Lies (Fourth Estate 2003) & One True Void (Two Ravens Press 2008). White Lies was shortlisted for the Dazed & Confused Most Promising Writer award. Dexter was also shortlisted for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize 2006 for his translation of The Fishing Box (by Maurice Genevoix , co-translated with Laure Claesen). He won an Authors' Foundation Award for non-fiction in 2004 and an Arts Council Bursary in 2006.  He has since edited a ground breaking anthology of new angling writing, Powerlines (Two Ravens Press 2009) and is one of the original writers on the cult website Caught By The River, contributing chapters to both their books (Caught By The River - A Collection of Words on Water, Cassell 2009 & On Nature, Harper Collins 2011).

Dexter is a passionate angler, organic gardener, old Land Rover nut.  Currently living in a yurt in Normandy, living out life on solar power and permaculture. (Publisher's page here.)




Jacqui Rowe

J Rowe

Jacqui Rowe's most recent collections are 'Apollinaire' (Perdika) and 'Paint' (Flarestack Poets. Her poems have extensively appeared in anthologies and leading magazines, such as 'Mslexia', 'Tears in the Fence' and 'Poetry Review.

Much of her work relates to heritage sites and museums, including residencies with the National Trust. She also works on a long-term project making poetry with people with dementia. She is co-editor of the award-winning press, Flarestack Poets.

She runs her own workshop programme, Making Poetry and is a tutor for the Poetry School. She has also led numerous workshops, for example at Ledbury Poetry Festival. She has mentored many poets who have gone on to achieve considerable success. (http://www.jacquirowe.com/)


Jessica Ruston

Jessica Ruston new photo Jessica's debut novel, Luxury, was published by Headline Review in July 2009, which has been described as a 'decadent blockbuster for the 21st century.'

She has written two non-fiction books, 'Heroines: The Bold, The Bad & The Beautiful', and 'How Small Groups can Raise Big Funds', as well as screenplays, magazine articles and stories for children. Her latest novel is 'To Touch the Stars'.

As well as writing, Jessica works for and is a director of independent publisher Long Barn Books.  As the daughter of a novelist and a Professor of Shakespeare, she's been around books and writing her whole life, and has had various jobs in the arts and media.

Jessica lives in London with her husband. (http://jessicaruston.com/)


Fay Sampson

Fay is the author of numerous books for both adults and children.

Her work draws heavily on myth, the Arthurian legends, and the historical world of Celtic an d post-Roman Britain. Works for adults include the Morgan Le Fay series, The Island Pilgrimage and The Silent Fort.
 
She has been shortlisted three times for the Guardian Children's Book award, and is winner of the Barco de Vapor award for The Watch on Patterick Fell. More recently she has been writing Crime Novels, like the Suzie Fezwings series, still with a genealogical or historical intersest. She also writes non-fiction books on historical themes.

Fay writes full time and lives in a Tudor cottage in the West Country. (http://www.faysampson.co.uk/)


Eve Seymour

Eve is the author of four thrillers and probably best known for her central character, Paul Tallis, a former firearms officer who works as an off-the books spook for MI5.  Her novel, ‘Land of Ghosts,’ set in bleak, war-torn Chechnya, was published in 2010 and her latest novel 'Wicked Game' will be published in August 2013 by Cutting Edge Press. The second novel in the 'Hex' Series will be published early 2014

The Good Book Guide wrote, ‘Seymour is able to convey the excitement of the more straightforward brand of adventure thriller, while freighting in the subtle undertones of the more sophisticated novelists of the genre.’

In a ruthless bid to make her writing as genuine as possible, she has bent the ears of numerous police officers and developed contacts within the military, the United Nations, and various charities working with refugees and victims of war. She also once spent a memorable evening in a simulated laser suite with a firearms team at their secret headquarters and received a master class in weaponry.  All of which only goes to prove that writers will do pretty much anything to recreate an authentic experience for their readers! She works as a book editor for the Writers' Workshop, concentrating particularly on crime and thrillers. (http://www.evseymour.co.uk/)


Rebecca Smith

  Rebecca was born in London in 1966 of Indian-English & Scottish parents, and spent most of her childhood in rural Surrey. She studied History at Southampton University and still lives in the city.

Southampton is the setting for her first novel The Bluebird Cafe (Bloomsbury 2001).

Her second, Happy Birthday and All That (Bloomsbury 2003), is set in Southampton, Winchester and Cornwall. Her third, A Bit of Earth (Bloomsbury 2006), is set in a botanical garden.

She is currently working on a collection of short stories, and a work of fiction for children.

Rebecca teaches creative writing at Southampton University and in Winchester. She has three children, and is the great great great great great niece of Jane Austen. (Publisher profile of Rebecca here.)


Diana Stainforth

  Diana wrote her first novel – Bird of Paradise - while working for Rebecca West, the Grande Dame of British literature, whose archive she catalogued. With that first novel accepted and a second – The Indiscretion – commissioned, Diana became a full time writer. Five more novels followed, all published in both hardback and paperback and mainly by Random House in the UK.

She has also been published in the US and translated into German, Russian, Czech, Bulgarian and Romanian. Her 7th novel is currently under production by German television.

She has considerable judging experience having judged the Betty Trask Award for the Society of Authors, the London Writers’ Competition, and she is a reader for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Novel of the Year Award. (Diana's page on the Random House site.)


Veronica Stallwood

  Veronica has fourteen books in the bookshops, all currently in print. Eleven of them feature Kate Ivory, a historical novelist living in Oxford who frequently – and often unwillingly – finds herself involved in a crime. The setting for these crime novels is Oxford, with its colleges, libraries, parks and waterways.

In addition to these, she have written two suspense novels which are not part of the Kate Ivory series. Deathspell is about a strange child who decides to get rid of her bullying stepfather. The Rainbow Sign tells of a tragedy that happened thirty years ago in the Middle East.

The Times has commented, 'Stallwood has fought her way to the top of the tree in British crime writing'.

She lives near Oxford, but has so far not solved any notable murders. (Veronica's Wikipedia page here.)


Katherine Stansfield

Katherine Stansfield 

Katherine Stansfield grew up on the wilds of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall and moved to Aberystwyth in 2002 to study English and Creative Writing at university. She has been there ever since, completing her BA in 2005 followed by an MA in Creative Writing in 2006. She completed her PhD in Creative Writing, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, in 2011. The subject of her thesis was a fictional exploration of the point in Cornwall’s history when fishing was replaced by tourism as the main industry; she is now an expert on pilchards.

Katherine’s poetry has appeared in New Welsh Review, Poetry Wales, and anthologies from both Leaf and Cinnamon Press. More work is forthcoming in Poetry Cornwall. She was a runner-up in the inaugural New Welsh Review Poetry Prize, was long-listed for a Cinnamon Press first collection award, and is the winner of the 2011 Leaf Poetry competition. Her reviews of contemporary fiction and poetry have appeared in Planet and New Welsh Review, and are forthcoming in Poetry Wales.

Katherine is a member of the New Welsh Review board and has acted as a reader for the Welsh Books Council. She teaches creative writing at Aberystwyth University. (Her university profile available here.)


C M Taylor

  Craig (writing as C M Taylor) is the author of five novels. Premiership Psycho (Corsair 2011) and the Amazon best-selling Group of Death (Corsair 2012) form two thirds of a savagely satirical trilogy about contemporary celebrity culture described as 'Brilliant' by The Sun, and 'Horribly entertaining' by The Mirror. He's also the author of Light, Cloven and Grief, the latter a dystopian fantasy described by British Science Fiction Association as a work of 'breathtaking originality' and nominated for their 2005 Book of the Year. A keen collaborator, Craig has established a company to create narrative apps. He has been a book editor with the Writers' Workshop since (almost) its inception. (Greene & Heaton agency page here.)

 


Lisa Thompson

Lisa was a literary agent at Jonathan Clowes Ltd in London for 12 years, working with such luminaries as Doris Lessing, Elizabeth Jane Howard and David Nobbs, and managing the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Copyrights. She has also done script reading and development for companies including Tiger Aspect Productions, and has completed the BBC’s Script Editing (Advanced) training course. She now spends most of her time in West Oxfordshire and is a freelance feature writer, predominantly for the Mail Group but has also written for The Sunday Times, Grazia and The Oxford Times.

 


Val Tyler

  Val is the author of two books for children, The Time Wreccas and The Time Apprentice. The first of these was shortlisted for the inaugural Ottakar's children's book prize, and was also the Ottakar's Book of the Month.

The second was praised by the Independent for its, 'clever pseudo-science, attractive characterisation and well-sustained suspense.'

Val was a teacher for twenty years, teaching every age group from five to eighteen.

She now writes full time and lives deep in the Welsh countryside. (http://www.valtyler.com/)



Tricia Wastvedt

  Tricia was born in London in 1954 and grew up in south-east England.

She has been a secretary, a gardener and a designer. She began writing in 1998.

THE RIVER, her first novel, was long-listed for the Orange Prize, shortlisted for the Authors' Club Prize, and is currently on the longlist for Le Prince Maurice prize. She is working on her second novel.

She also teaches on the MA Creative Writing Course at Bath Spa University and has occasional teaching commitments in France. (http://www.triciawastvedt.co.uk/)

 



Lawrence Watt-Evans

  Lawrence is the author of some three dozen novels of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, and over a hundred short stories, including the Hugo-Award-winning "Why I Left Harry's All-Night Hamburgers."

He is the recipient of two ASIMOV'S Readers' Choice awards, and SCIENCE FICTION CHRONICLE named his novel Dragon Weather the best fantasy of 1999, but his favorite comment on his work is from STARDATE's review of his science fiction novel Shining Steel: "...if it's a question of your buying this book or buying groceries, well, a few beans never hurt anybody..."

He has taught writing at the Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland and at the Viable Paradise writers' workshop on Martha's Vineyard, has served as president of the Horror Writers Association and treasurer of SFWA, and was managing editor of the Hugo-nominated webzine HELIX. As book editor for the Writers' Workshop, Lawrence concentrates exclusively on SFF/Horror fiction. (http://www.watt-evans.com/)


Andrew Wille

AndrewWprimalpicAndrew is an experienced editor, writer, and teacher of creative writing. He was managing editor and later senior editor at Little, Brown UK, acquiring, editing, and publishing critically acclaimed and award-winning works of fiction and nonfiction, and subsequently as a freelance editor worked for many of the industry’s most notable imprints. He has an MFA in writing and poetics from Naropa University’s pioneering Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, Colorado, where he also taught workshops in creative writing and publishing.

He is a tutor for University College Falmouth’s MA in Professional Writing, and has also taught at the University of Colorado and Front Range Community College and led seminars on publishing at Canterbury Christ Church University, City University, and Lancaster University. His own fiction and nonfiction have been published in anthologies Uncontained and Primal Picnics and in many literary magazines – more information at www.wille.org


 Philip Womack

P Womack Philip was born in Chichester in the middle of a thunderstorm in 1982. He was educated at Lancing College, and read Classics and English and Oriel College Oxford.

He is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, The Other Book and The Liberators.

The Liberators was a Children's Book of the Year for 2010 in The Times and The Daily Telegraph. He is a Contributing Editor to Literary Review and Port.

He now lives in London. (http://philipwomack.blogspot.co.uk/)

 

Helena Drysdale

  Helena is the author of five works of 'creative non-fiction': Alone through China and Tibet (Constable 1986), Dancing with the Dead (Hamish Hamilton 1991), Looking for George, (Picador, 1996), and Mother Tongues (Picador, 2001). Her most recent book, Strangerland, was published by Picador in 2006.

Looking for George was shortlisted for both the Esquire/Waterstones/Apple Non-fiction award (1995) and the PEN/JRAckerley Award for Autobiography in the same year. Helena has also written and presented a documentary, Dancing with the Dead, for Granada TV. She makes regular appearances as a broadcaster and lecturer.

She is a course tutor for the Arvon Foundation, and a Royal Literary Fellow teaching writing skills at Exeter University. As non-fiction editor for the WW, she has seen clients get published and become bestsellers.

Helena is married to painter Richard Pomeroy and they live in Somerset with their two daughters.


Jill Foulston

Jill Foulston

Jill has been a commissioning editor at Virago, Little Brown and Penguin and has worked with some of the most exciting names in contemporary fiction - among them Sarah Waters, Michelle Lovric and Heidi Julavits - as well as classic authors such as Paul Bowles and Muriel Spark.

Jill was also responsbile for co-founding the independent publisher Arcadia, voted Sunday Times Small Publisher of the Year. Her two anthologies for Virago Press, The Joy of Eating and The Virago Book of the Joy of Shopping have been described as 'sensual, funny and captivating, with plenty to beguile and astonish'.

She has been an invited speaker on the creative writing course at Bath Spa University and has written short stories, reviews and features, contributing to the Times Literary Supplement, Slightly Foxed and Waitrose Food Illustrated as well as various other magazines. In 2008 she received an award from the Authors' Foundation.


Claire Gillman

Claire is an experienced journalist, writer, editor and broadcaster.

She is the Contributing Editor to Kindred Spirit, the UK's leading mind/body/spirit magazine, as well as contributing to many other leading women's magazines and national newspapers. She has also been editor of a number of consumer and specialist women’s magazines including Health & Fitness magazine and Girl About Town.

She has written over a dozen non-fiction books for adults and a series of creative non-fiction titles for children under the pen-name, Rory Storm. Her most recent book is How to Write Fantastic Non-Fiction and Get Published as part of the Hodder Teach Yourself series.

Claire is married with two teenage sons and lives on the edge of the West Pennines with her family and dog.


Jamie Ivey

Jamie is the author of three books about the south of France.

He lives near the village of Lourmarin in the Luberon with his wife and young daughters. As well as editing a local lifestyle magazine, he is working on a fourth book about training a truffle dog to be published in 2011.

Jamie's books have been published in the UK, the USA, Holland and China.

The New York Times described Jamie's debut travelogue Extremely Pale Rosé as "Great fun to read...particularly if you enjoy sticking your nose into little known corners of France" and the Daily Mail described Jamie as “a younger Peter Mayle with a similar turn of phrase.”


Sam Jordison


Sam was born in Alnwick Northumberland and now lives in Norfolk.

After studying Classics at Cambridge he spent some time in the Ardeche region of France where he was a goatherd. He has been earning a living as a writer since the year 2000. He is the author of five books (including the best-selling Crap Towns and Sod That!: 103 Things Not To Do Before You Die ).

He also writes features and articles regularly for the Guardian - and has written for most other national papers in the UK. He is also a part-time film reviewer.

He is currently interested in the middle classes and has a website investigating their strange habits at organicpeasandorderlyqueues.com He is quite middle class himself and lives in Norwich with his partner, who is also a writer.


Robin Lloyd-Jones

  Robin is the author of three novels, two collections of short stories and half a dozen non-fiction books. His novel, Lord of the Dance, won the BBC Bookshelf First Novel Award and was entered for the Booker Prize. ‘Amazing imaginative brilliance,’ said The Times of this novel.

Robin also writes radio drama, his play, Ice in Wonderland, winning the Radio Times Best Drama Script for 1992. Robin has conducted many writers' workshops and, for four years, he was a tutor in Creative Writing at Glasgow University. Robin is a former president of the Scottish Association of Writers for whom he has adjudicated many short story and novel competitions.

He lives in Helensburgh, on the west coast of Scotland, with his wife.

For more information, visit his website.


 

Paul Roberts

Paul is the Director of a successful management consultancy, but also has a passion for writing, with several management textbooks to his name. His first was issued through The Economist, another formed part of Kogan Page’s hugely influential ‘Business Success’ series and is being reproduced as an iPhone application.

Paul also writes infrequent articles which have been published in a range of professional and general magazines, including Maxim. He has also written for television.

As business consultant, Paul has worked with some of the largest organizations in the world, and some of the smallest. He has coached and advised thousands of people in all walks of life and brings immense enthusiasm, humour, knowledge, skill and experience to all he does.


Jane Struthers

  Jane’s first taste of astrology was in her teens, courtesy of Jackie magazine, but this didn’t offer a lot of scope so she began teaching herself ‘proper’ astrology. She also discovered tarot and palmistry, and began writing novels. Since then, she’s spent her entire career in publishing, first as an editor and now as a professional writer.

Jane is the author of over twenty non-fiction books on a variety of topics, including interior design and popular British history. She specializes in books on mind, body and spirit, including The Palmistry Bible, Understanding Astrology, Destiny Tarot and the best-selling The Psychic’s Bible. For two years she wrote the astrology column in The Sun, and is now the astrologer for Bella magazine.

Jane and her husband live in a rural corner of East Sussex with their two cats.


Martin Toseland

Martin worked for 16 years in senior editorial roles at Penguin and HarperCollins. In that time he commissioned and edited hundreds of titles across the full spectrum of non-fiction publishing - from English language to science, from practical 'how to' books to worldwide best-selling puzzle titles and from serious non-fiction polemics to quirky loo books. In 2006 he decided to branch out and write some of the books he wanted to commission. Since then he has written and ghosted 14 books on an equally wide variety of subjects - from walking the Amazon to traditional games and pastimes to the idiosyncrasies of the English language. The full range of his work can be seen at here. He lives in west London.

Alan Durant

 Alan has written over seventy books for children of all ages - from picture books to young adult thrillers. He writes in many different genres - comedy, mystery, sport, horror, school story to name but a few. His titles include the picture books Burger Boy (Winner of the Portsmouth Children’s Book Award 2007), Football Fever (Winner of the Stockport Children’s Book Award 2007) and Billy Monster’s Daymare (Winner of the Royal Mail Award for Scottish Children’s Books 2008); the novelty title Dear Tooth Fairy (shortlisted for the Children’s Book Award); the junior fiction story Gameboy (runner-up for the Portsmouth and Nottingham Children’s Book Awards); and the young adult thrillers Blood and Flesh and Bones.

He worked for many years in children’s publishing as an editor and copywriter before becoming a full-time author in 2004. He is a frequent visitor to schools, libraries and festivals around the UK and abroad giving talks and running writing workshops. He also writes for children’s television. His first book received many rejections before eventually being accepted for publication so he knows just how tough this business can be.

Alan lives just south of London with his wife and three children, who have been the inspiration for many of his stories.


Alex Gutteridge

 Alex has had eight books published for children and has worked with a variety of editors and publishing houses.

Her first three books were submitted as unsolicited manuscripts which proves that it is possible to emerge triumphant from the slush pile. Alex has written young fiction, a novel for pre-teens and a ghost story for reluctant readers. Her novel, Oven Chips For Tea received many complimentary reviews and was broadcast on the radio.

Several of her books have been purchased by BBC publications and issued in large print format as well as being put on tape.

Alex lives in Leicester with her husband and three children. When she isn’t
writing she is also a practising reflexologist.


Brian Keaney

Brian has written fifteen novels for young people, including The Hollow People, published in 2006, the first in a new fantasy trilogy.

He worked for many years as an English teacher, and that was when he became interested in writing for young people. For him, writing for children is one of the most important jobs on the planet. “Without children’s authors there would be no new readers and the whole community of literature would slowly begin to collapse and die.”

He is married, and has two children.

 


Daren King

Daren has written since he was old enough to pick up a pen without putting it in his mouth.

His first children's novel, Mouse Noses on Toast, won first prize in the 6-8 age category of the Nestle Children's Book Prize, and his debut adult novel, Boxy an Star, was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and longlisted for the Booker Prize.

His books have been published around the world, including Canada and the US, and have been translated into Italian, German and Russian.

Daren also offers a Complete Novel Writing Course through the Writers' Workshop - and welcomes any potential new students who want to be mentored through the entire novel writing cycle: from first sentence to final full stop. More details here. Author photo credited to Rankin.


Leila Rasheed

Leila’s first novel, Chips Beans and Limousines was published in February 2008 and immediately long-listed for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize. Her latest book is Socks, Shocks and Secrets: The Spectacular Second Diary of Bathseba Clarice de Trop.

She began writing at boarding school to fill up long, boring ‘prep’ sessions. She has an MA in Children’s Literature from the Roehampton Insitute (University of Surrey) and an MA, with distinction, in Writing from the University of Warwick. She has also written contemporary poetry for adults, which has been published in various magazines and as part of Heaventree New Poets Volume 3. A short story for adults was short-listed for the Asham Award in 2005-6.

She has previously worked for a children’s literacy charity, Reading Is Fundamental, UK and now works part-time as a children’s bookseller. She lives in Brussels.


Fay Sampson

Fay is the author of numerous books for both adults and children.

Her work draws heavily on myth, the Arthurian legends, and the historical world of Celtic and post-Roman Britain. Works for adults include the Morgan Le Fay series, The Island Pilgrimage and The Silent Fort.

Works for children include The Sorcerer's Trap, Them, and the Pangur Ban stories. She has been shortlisted three times for the Guardian Children's Book award, and is winner of the Barco de Vapor award for The Watch on Patterick Fell.

She also writes non-fiction books on historical themes. Fay writes full time and lives in a Tudor cottage in the West Country.


Isabel Thomas

Isabel has written more than sixty non-fiction books for children and young adults, including educational, narrative non-fiction and recreational reads. Her titles include What You Need To Know Now, shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2011.  

Before becoming a freelance writer, Isabel studied Human Sciences at Oxford University, and spent ten years working in children’s publishing as an editor and commissioning editor.  

She lives near London with her husband and young children.

 


Val Tyler

Val is the author of two books for children, The Time Wreccas and The Time Apprentice.

The first of these was shortlisted for the inaugural Ottakar's children's book prize, and was also the Ottakar's Book of the Month.

The second was praised by the Independent for its, 'clever pseudo-science, attractive characterisation and well-sustained suspense.'

Val was a teacher for twenty years, teaching every age group from five to eighteen.

She now writes full time and lives deep in the Welsh countryside.


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Philip Womack

 

Philip is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, The Other Book and The Liberators. 

The Liberators was a Children's Book of the Year for 2010 in The Times and The Daily Telegraph.

 He is a Contributing Editor to Literary Review and Port as well as contributing to numerous newspapers and magazines.

Born in Chichester he was educated at Lancing College and read English at Oriel College, Oxford. He now lives in London


Georgie Baker

Georgie was previously Head of Development at Lynda La Plante's eponymous film company. Before that she was Development Executive at Cougar Films.

Georgie has worked for the BBC, ITV and Kudos - and has also worked as a literary agent and in publishing. Also, we're assured, she's the spitting image of Meryl Streep.

Favourite script: The West Wing (pilot) Favourite Film: Tell No One Favourite Actress: Emma Thompson / Meryl Streep Favourite Actor: Tom Hollander / Daniel Auteuil.

 

 


Daniel CormackDaniel Cormack

Daniel was born in Lewisham, south east London and educated at Oxford University where he won an Academic Scholarship to study English.  After graduating he trained at The Script Factory and the New Producers Alliance and worked as a script reader for, among others, the UK Film Council, Working Title Films, Sarah Radclyffe Productions, Ruby Films and Little Bird Films as well as in cinema exhibition at a number of independent, repertory and multiplex cinemas.

In 2004, he established Actaeon Films and went on to direct, produce and script edit three award-winning shorts which screened at major international film festivals and garnered critical acclaim in publications such as Hotdog and Time Out: his directorial debut Amelia and Michael (2007) starring Anthony Head which won the Tiscali Award at the Raindance Film Festival; A Fitting Tribute (2007) starring Sally Bretton which won a UK Film Council Completion Fund Award and premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival; and Nightwalking (2008) starring Raquel Cassidy.

Daniel made his broadcast and documentary debut for Channel 4 with Make Me a Tory (2007) which led the trade paper Broadcast to name him a Hot Shot in the directing category and he was subsequently selected for the London Film Festival's elite talent development initiative Think-Shoot-Distribute. Daniel is on the board of the Directors Guild of Great Britain is a former board member of the New Producers Alliance and the Writers, Producers and Directors Branch of the union BECTU.

Favourite script: Memento Favourite Film: The Graduate Favourite Actress: Marlene Dietrich Favourite Actor: Jack Nicholson


erincErin Cramer

Erin is a screenwriter who has had projects in development with Working Title, BBC Films, Celador, Ecosse, Hart Sharp, Wildgaze Films, Finola Dwyer Productions, Wall to Wall, and other companies.  Her short film, Bad Bosses Go to Hell, was produced by Killer Films and has sold widely.  She teaches screenwriting at Met Film School and London Film School.

Erin’s background is in documentaries, and she has been a producer and/or writer for programs on Adolf Hitler, The Black Panthers, Groucho Marx, the Watergate break-in, Brigitte Bardot, and George Wallace for ABC, the Arts and Entertainment Network and CBS. She also wrote and produced Cokie Roberts’ I is for Italy segment for ABC’s Emmy award-winning Millennium broadcast. For many years, Erin was also a member of The V-Girls, a New York-based comic performance group. The V-Girls performed at universities, museums, and galleries across the U.S. and in Europe. In addition, she wrote and directed four plays and several award-winning art videos.

Favourite script: Sideways Favourite Film: Umbrellas of Cherbourg Favourite Actress: Barbara Stanwyck Favourite Actor: James Stewart.


Sian Evans

Sian began her career as a literary translator and then moved into writing original drama. Her plays and translations have been produced at many of the most important venues in the UK, including The National Theatre, Britain's most prestigious theatre.

She now concentrates on film and television, and has written over thirty hours of broadcast network TV, including episodes of the major UK dramas, Touching Evil, Peak Practice, Where The Heart Is, Casualty etc. She has also written & sold her own one-off dramas and a series, Hereafter for the largest commercial network in the UK, involving major British TV stars. She's currently writing a new series based on the Irish community in Cape Town.

She also lectures on screenwriting at Britain's leading creative writing school, the University of East Anglia. She currently lives in Norwich, England with her two children and an assortment of pets.

Favourite script: Don't Look Now or Ma Nuit Chez Maude Favourite Film: The Piano Teacher or Hidden or The Sweet Hereafter Favourite Actress: Isabelle Huppert or Laura Linney Favourite Actor: Bruno Ganz or Philip Seymour Hoffman Biggest Character Flaw: Having Things Both Ways or Indecision.


Liz Garner

Liz has worked on the scriptreading board at Miramax in London, and subsequently was Head of Development at Gorgeous, an independent film production company. She now freelances for a number of outfits, including the Irish Film Development Board.

Liz is also a prize-winning writer in her own right. Her first novel Nightdancing (from Hodder Headline) was short-listed for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award and also for the Pendleton May First Novel Award. Her second novel, Edgar Jones, is forthcoming from the same publishers.

She is currently writing a screenplay for a noted UK features director, with production scheduled for 2009.

Favourite script: Memento or Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind Favourite Film: The Conversation or 2001 or American Beauty Favourite Actress: Cate Blanchett Favourite Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman


 

 

Pauline Kiernan

 Pauline is a commissioned screenwriter, award-winning playwright and Shakespeare scholar. Her latest feature screenplay, an epic love story commissioned by an independent Hollywood producer, is now in development. She is the author of Screenwriting They Can’t Resist.

Favourite scripts: A Streetcar Named Desire and All About My Mother Favourite Films: Brokeback Mountain for visuals and character; Pulp Fiction for dialogue; The Lives of Others for structure; Some Like it Hot for Everything! Favourite Actress: Jeanne Moreau Favourite Actor: Javier Bardem

 


Jane Purcell (radio drama & comedy)

Jane used to work in children’s books at Random House, but left to travel the world.  Since then she has written sketch comedy for radio (The Way It Is on Radio 4) and television, (Smack the Pony for Channel 4 and The Sketch Show for ITV/Baby Cow).

She has written several plays and series for BBC Radio 4, including Beryl du Jour, Whoosh! and a five-part Woman’s Hour series for Radio 4, Cooking for Michael CollinsThe Guardian described it as 'gripping’, and the Financial Times said 'Jane Purcell's retelling of the story of Pidgie Rigney ... is immediately gripping... Riveting.' Her next Woman’s Hour series was about the history of girls comics, 43 Years in the Third Form.  The Telegraph said it was 'funny, ingenious and evocative.'

Jane has a comedy series optioned by ITV and is currently rewriting it for the ten millionth time while her producer stands over her with a big stick. She is also an Associate Lecturer with the Open University, and tutor on its Advanced Creative Writing Course.  Her mother says her tea towels are ‘an absolute disgrace.’

Favourite script: Fargo Favourite Film: Trading Places Favourite Actress: Kathy Bates Favourite Actor: William H Macy


Ray Grewal

Ray is an award winning writer with broadcast credits on all the terrestrial television channels, BBC Radio and in theatre.  He has worked with writers such as Jeremy Brock (on a cop show set in Soho) and producers including Michael Wearing (on a sequel to the 1999 cinema hit ‘Human Traffic’).  He has created original one-off dramas as well as working on established series.  He was also part of a team of writers who created a late night series for Channel 4 about a group of young offenders serving community service.

Ray began his training as a screenwriter with an undergraduate degree in film-making in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.  He passed with 1st Class Honours and a Commendation in Screenwriting.  He went on to study both in the UK and abroad taking workshops at the BBC in writing sit-coms, writing for radio and writing for Casualty as well as the Writer’s Academy: Series and Serials.  He is a graduate of Robert McKee’s ‘Story Seminar’ and John Truby’s ‘Screenwriting Masterclass’.   Ray continued his education into 2011 when he completed his MA in Writing for Performance at Goldsmith’s, University of London.

Ray is currently working as a writer, script editor and reader for several film and television companies as well as running writing workshops and retreats.

Favourite script: ‘Some Like it Hot/North by North West’, Favourite film: ‘Jaws’, Favourite Actress: ‘Michelle Pfeiffer’, Favourite Actor: ‘Cary Grant’


Jon Spira

Jon graduated from the Scottish Film School in Edinburgh in 1999 and went on to spend several years working as a jobbing screenwriter. He was a staff writer on cult Canadian sci-fi show LEXX and went on to write various shows for Thames TV and the BBC.

He has written feature film scripts for Manga Live, Palm Pictures and a multitude of shady independent producers. He also wrote the short film Dust which was longlisted for the 2011 BAFTA. He has taught the UK Film Council Screenwriting course since 2004, has also taught for the BFI and teaches screenwriting for Ruskin University in Oxford. Jon has owned a chain of independent DVD rental stores, a comic shop, an independent DVD label and a couple of film production companies. He is a working filmmaker and his feature documentary Anyone Can Play Guitar was released in cinemas at the end of 2011.

Favourite script: The Graduate Favourite Film: Midnight Run Favourite Actor: Young Dustin Hoffman Favourite Actress: Dustin Hoffman (in Tootsie, obviously).


Amber Trentham

Amber Trentham

Amber graduated from Oxford University in 1998 where she read Greats. She worked as a fiction editor for a few years before focusing on freelance script reading and editing for Working Title Films, ICM, UK Film Council and Gorgeous Films. In 2004-5 she completed the screenwriting MA at LCP and then began her career as a screenwriter.

Her commissioned feature scripts include: DEAD DEVIL DONKEY, Produced by Alan Moloney, executive producer Steve Golin, To be directed by Tom Carty. THE MADOLESCENTS, Adapted from the novel The Madolescents by Chrissie Glazebrook, Produced by David Barron and Stevie Lee, To be directed by Aisling Walsh, Commissioned by The Film Council Development Fund AVAILABLE LIGHT  Produced by Altered Image, To be directed by Tom Carty, Media Europe development award. UFO Produced by Gorgeous Films and Chris Clark, To be directed by Chris Palmer FUTURE PERFECT Produced by Gorgeous Films, To be directed by Chris Palmer

Amber has also run two screenwriting festivals in Marrakech as part of the Arts in Marrakech Festival, and children’s screenwriting workshops for the House of Fairy Tales traveling art circus. Amber is represented by Jodi Shields at Casarotto Ramsay and Associates.

Favourite script: Chinatown or Amores Perros Favourite Film: Bladerunner or Paris texas or Badlands Favourite Actor: Harry Dean Stanton Favourite Actress: Julie Christie