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Our editorial team comprises professional authors, screenwriters and commissioning editors, now working freelance, but formerly employed at major publishing houses. If you would like to hire one of our editors, either ask for a quote or contact us.

Our policy is to recruit only the very best. Our team has, collectively, published hundreds 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


Our Fiction Editors


Debi Alper

fiction editors 2 Debi's first two novels, Nirvana Bites and Trading Tatiana, urban thrillers set among the sub-cultures of South East London, were published by Orion to critical acclaim. She has since set up her own imprint and has re-published both novels as e-books, along with the next in the series, De Nada Nirvana. Me, John and a Bomb and The Gene Pool will be following soon.

For the last ten years, Debi has spent most of her time helping other writers to perfect their novels through critiques, mentoring, Book Doctor sessions and creative writing workshops. She edits in all genres and many authors that she has worked with have been signed up with agents and gone on to see their books published. She also runs the phenomenally successful Writers' Workshop Self-Edit Your Novel course, together with Emma Darwin, as well as acting as a competition judge.

Debi lives in South London with her partner and 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

Described by acclaimed short story writer and novelist Dan Rhodes as 'one of my favourites', Richard is the author of Hound Dog (Jonathan Cape), the story of a depraved Elvis impersonator on the run.

Richard's second novel, the coming-of-age tale Flying Saucer Rock and Roll, came out with Cape, 2008.

The short story collection The Shuffle was published by The Big Hand Press as an ebook in 2008, while the novella Pretty Boy Tigh, set in the world of pre-school TV shows, was also released as an ebook by Galley Beggars Press in 2014.

Richard's writing on art has featured in the journals Frieze and Elephant, while a major art-themed project is in the works.

Richard lives in Worthing. He has been an "editor for hire" at the Writers' Workshop since the Writers' Workshop began. (http://www.richardblandford.blogspot.co.uk).

Sophie Buchan

Sophie Buchan studied Modern Languages at Oxford, and began her career working in the scripts department of Universal Studios in Paris. She then returned to London and spent nine years as an editor at Weidenfeld & Nicolson, the literary imprint of The Orion Publishing Group.  She commissioned a broad range of literary fiction, crime fiction and narrative non-fiction, and her authors included Boris

Akunin, Elmore Leonard and Bernhard Schlink. Her books were selected for Richard & Judy and Waterstones Book Club, and shortlisted for major prizes. She now lives in Sarajevo, working as a freelance editor, scout, translator, and occasional journalist.

Howard Cunnell

Howard Cunnell’s novels are Marine Boy (2008) and The Sea on Fire (2012), which the Guardian described as 'mapping new noir territory in an incandescent undersea world.’ He has a PhD in American Literature from the University of London, and has been a Leverhulme Fellow at the University of Sussex. He is the editor of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road - The Original Scroll (2007), which the New York Times called 'the living version for our time’. Fathers & Sons - A Memoir, is forthcoming from Picador.  (http://howardcunnell.com/)


Emma Darwin

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Emma’s debut novel The Mathematics of Love was described by The Times it as, “that rare thing, a book that works on every conceivable level. A real achievement”, and it 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. Her bestselling second novel, A Secret Alchemy, was acclaimed by the Daily Mail as “powerful and utterly convincing”, and her short fiction has won prizes and been published, as well as being broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Her latest book, Get Started in Writing Historical Fiction, (John Murray/Teach Yourself) was published in March 2016, and her well-known blog, This Itch of Writing, is the go-to source of help and advice for writers, authors, editors and teachers around the world.

Emma was Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing with the Open University for some years, and has held Royal Literary Fund Fellowships at Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Music. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths, and teaches and mentors writers, in addition to her work as a book editor. She was born in London and still lives there, after interludes in Manhattan and Brussels. (http://www.emmadarwin.com/)

Susan Davis

Susan Davis ( Random House biog here) is an experienced editor and tutor, she 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 shortlisted 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.

Susan also writes adult novels under the pseudonym Sarah Vincent. Her new psychological thriller ‘The Testament of Vida Tremayne’ is due out in this autumn - 2014, with Three Hares Publishing. Susan is also a literary mentor, and has tutored Arvon workshops.

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 as collected in RHAPSODY, a non-fiction book on strange fiction. He's also made forays beyond print, writing a queer rock musical which debuted as a student production in Chicago a few years ago, and collaborating with Scottish bands Aereogramme, on the /Ballads of the Book/ album from Chemikal Underground, and The Dead Man's Waltz, on the Edinburgh Fringe show Story's End.

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.

Hal was also a judge on the 2012 British Fantasy Awards and co-edited the CALEDONIA DREAMIN' anthology in 2013.


Amy Durant

Amy is the co-founder and Editorial Director for Sapere Books, a new digital and print-on-demand publisher.

Amy has worked in digital publishing for five years, and was previously the Publishing Director and Commissioning Editor at Endeavour Press to bring a lot of out-of-print books back into the digital market.

Amy works directly with authors, as well as with agents, to discuss publishing both new, and backlist books, and is actively acquiring books in the historical fiction, women's fiction, crime fiction and thriller genres.

Amy is also working on a part-time PhD on Aphra Behn at Queen Mary, University of London.

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

Edward 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.)

fiction editors 4Rebecca Fleet

Rebecca Fleet's debut psychological suspense novel, THE HOUSE SWAP, will be published by Transworld (Penguin Random House) in May 2018. Rebecca lives in London, and has previously published two literary novels under a different name with Fourth Estate (HarperCollins).

Jill Foulston

Jill Foulston

Jill has worked with some of the most exciting names in contemporary fiction – among them Sarah Waters, Michelle Lovric and Heidi Julavits – commissioning for Virago, Little, Brown and Penguin.

The recipient of an award from the Authors’ Foundation, she is the author of La Vita è Bella, a book on Italian lifestyle and interior design, and the translator of The Day Before Happiness (Penguin Press) by the contemporary Neapolitan novelist Erri de Luca. For Pushkin, she has also translated three classic detective novels by Augusto de Angelis as well as Piero Chiara’s The Disappearance of Signora Giulia. Her two anthologies for Virago Press, The Joy of Eating and The Joy of Shopping, were described as ‘sensual, funny and captivating’, with ‘plenty to beguile and astonish’.

Jill has been a visiting 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, Waitrose Food Illustrated and other magazines.

(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 script reading 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 an editor for hire, working with a number of UK-based screen 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.)

Rebecca Horsfall

  Rebecca has been a professional writer and editor for over twenty years, starting her career by working as a script writer and supervisor for a West End theatre company. Her first novel, the best-seller Dancing on Thorns, described by The Bookseller as '736 un-putdownable pages of pure delight', was published by Random House in the UK and USA to critical acclaim. She has also written a number of non-fiction films (for clients including the NHS, London Criminal Justice Board, and Leeds City Council), and is working on a further novel under commission to Random House Penguin.

She has been a professional theatre director and drama coach and has trained as a psychotherapist and art therapist.

Rebecca has been a fiction editor for Writers' Workshop for over a decade, working with many dozens of novelists in genres including literary fiction, romance, psychological drama, historical, international and political/sociological drama.


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 she teaches creative writing at Oxford Brookes 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 Kelly  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 then moved to be Editor at Penguin where she edited big brand women's fiction, as well as debut novelists, historical fiction, reading group fiction and some crime and psychological thrillers.

She is now a freelance editor working with big trade publishing houses and literary agents.

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/)

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.

The Book of Human Skin begins with a transgressive portrait of a supposedly dead nun in Peru. Via a series of mostly unreliable narrators, there unfolds a story that takes in Holy Anorexia, unmitigated villainy and a very unusual form of bibliomania. The novel was chosen by the Channel 4 TV Book Club as one of its Summer Reads. Her fifth novel for adults is The True & Splendid History of the Harristown Sisters, about seven impoverished Irish girls whose torrents of hair lead them into adventures in quack medicine, on the stage and in love. 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, followed by Talina in the Tower and The Fate in the Box. Two more children’s novels are currently in production.

She is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Kings College London’s Graduate School. For more information see her website: www.michellelovric.com.


Sarah Manning

Sarah is a literary agent at The Bent Agency. She is looking to actively build her list and represents adult fiction and narrative non-fiction. Sarah's taste is varied and she enjoys crime, thrillers, commercial women's through to accessible literary fiction and grounded speculative fiction.

Her publishing career started at Orion Publishing House where she worked on some big exciting titles including Gone Girl and Where'd You Go, Bernadette?. She then went on to work in script development for TV and film before becoming an agent's assistant at The Agency Group. She is now a literary agent at The Bent Agency and is excited to build her own list of bestselling authors.

Lesley McDowell

Lesley McDowell is the author of fiction and non-fiction as well as short stories, and is a literary critic for The Herald. Her first novel, The Picnic, was published in 2007 and her second, a historical novel about a childhood friend of Mary Shelley, Unfashioned Creatures, in 2013. Her first work of non-fiction, Between the Sheets: The Literary Liaisons of Nine 20th Century Women Writers appeared in 2010.

Lesley was shortlisted for the Orange/Scotsman Short Story Award 2005, for the Scottish Book Award Non-Fiction in 2011, and has twice been the recipient of writing awards from Creative Scotland. She was Gladstone's Library Writer-in-Residence in 2014 and is currently finishing a novel about Victorian 'murderess', Madeleine Smith. Her blog on literary matters has had almost 50,000 views.  www.lesleymcdowellwriter.blogspot.com.

Russel McLean

Russel D Mclean is the author of five hardboiled crime novels - including The Good Son, which was shortlisted for Best Debut Novel by the Private Eye Writers of America - set in the Scottish city of Dundee, as well as several short stories that have appeared in various magazines and anthologies, including Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. While known for crime fiction, he has dabbled in SF and horror

A bookseller for over ten years, Russel became a full time writer in 2014. He has performed freelance editorial work for publishers and authors across a variety of genres including SF/F, crime and thrillers. He regularly writes book reviews and author interviews for a variety of UK newspapers, including a regular crime fiction column for The Sunday Herald. Russel frequently chairs events for bookstores, libraries and festivals across Scotland and is one of the co-founders of Noir at the Bar Glasgow, a semi-regular literary event based upon a format that began in the US. More information about Russel can be found at www.russeldmcleanbooks.com.

Ernesto Mestre


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.)

Haydn Middleton

Haydn has written for a living since 1980.

Haydn edited books for Oxford University Press before becoming a full-time writer. His seven literary-fantasy novels for adults range from The People in the Picture (called 'an astonishing fictional debut' by Anthony Clockwork Orange Burgess) to Grimm's Last Fairytale ('a modern fairytale that should last at least a hundred years' according to USA's Kirkus Reviews). He has also written over a hundred books for children on primarily historical subjects, plus a number of cultural works for British Foreign Office Publications, and he has lectured on or taught creative writing in England, America, Greece and Australia.(Haydn's Goodreads page shows a selection of his titles.)

He currently teaches creative writing for Stanford University's Overseas Studies Program in Oxford.



Miranda Miller

Miranda Miller’s seventh novel, The Fairy Visions of Richard Dadd, was published by Peter Owen in 2013 and is part 2 of her Bedlam Trilogy which will be published in one volume next year. She has also published a book of short stories about expatriate life in Saudi Arabia and  a book of interviews with homeless women and politicians. Hilary Mantel said of her work, ” Miller’s intricate fictions are lit by the dark flicker of a strong and original imagination.” She works as a mentor and reader for The Literary Consultancy, was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the Courtauld Institute from 2013 -15 and now runs academic writing workshops in various universities and fantasy writing workshops for the City Academy.



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 developed for film with Tyger Drew-Honey, the star of the TV Series 'Outnumbered', due to play the lead. 'Blackout' was nominated for the Carnegie prize, won the Stockport Schools Prize and second place in the Lancashire Book of the Year award, as well as being shortlisted for the Manchester Book Award and the RED prize. In 2012, she published her debut novel for adults, 'The Quiddity Will Self', a quirky literary novel about sex, death, Will Self, and the Great Vowel Shift, which was described by The Sunday Times as 'ingenious, energetic and inventive'. She is the co-director and editor at independent press Dodo Ink which champions daring and difficult literary fiction (www.dodoink.com)

Sophie Orme 

Sophie Orme is an editor with over ten years' experience in publishing, working at a senior level at two major houses. She has comissioned and edited fiction in a wide range of genres including crime and thriller, reading group, historical fiction, upmarket women's fiction and literary fiction. She has worked with award-winning crime writers Ray Celestin, Tom Franklin and Malcolm Mackay, bestsellers Kate Morton and C. J. Sansom and Orange/Baileys Women's prize shortlisted authors Charlotte Mendelson and Ann Weisgarber.


Martin Ouvry

 ‘I would struggle to find a writer of comparable talent in Martin’s generation.’
Lee Brackstone, Creative Director, Faber & Faber

Martin worked as a musician in America and Europe before studying at UEA. Since then he has become an acclaimed writer, editor and teacher. His short fiction and novel extracts have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies, among them New Writing, The London Magazine and Esquire, and has been translated into Chinese. His novel The Common is on submission to publishers. Awards include a first and final year prize for outstanding achievement (UEA BA), the Alumni Association Prize for Fiction (UEA MA), an Arts Council England writer’s grant, a Hawthornden Fellowship and a Wingate Scholarship in literature.

Martin has taught at UEA and with Arts Council England, and has reviewed for the Observer, the Sunday Times and the FT. As well as editing and teaching with The Writers’ Workshop, he teaches novel and short story writing at London, City University, The Kingston Writing School (Kingston University), and with the British Council.

He is writing a novel with the generous support of Arts Council England.

‘I think his is a voice of true originality and distinction, and one that will in time emerge as a major player in a new generation of British novelists.’ Deborah Rogers, Rogers, Coleridge & White Ltd.


Anastasia Parkes

Anastasia Parkes has an MA in English Literature from Oxford and has lived in London, Venice and Cairo. Her day job is working for criminal defence lawyers and she moonlights as a portrait photographer, but her real love, since the age of about 6, is turning day dreams into stories. 
As a freelance features writer she has written human interest pieces for publications such as The Times, The Daily Mail, The Lady and The Tablet covering varied thorny topics such as single motherhood, older parenthood, teaching English in Egypt, Catholicism, depression, and living with a chronic illness. While never shying away from serious themes, she aims to treat them with her trademark honesty and humour.
Under the pseudonym Primula Bond she wrote erotic romance for Virgin Books and Accent Press for 20 years before moving to Harper Collins to write more literary, but still heart-stopping, romance. She has just published the fourth in the Silver Chain series and is starting on the fifth. Her next ambition is to publish thrillers and she has completed a psychological thriller which she hopes will be published under her real name. She is represented by the literary agent Lisa Moylett.
Anastasia enjoys sharing her fiction and short story writing skills and experience with aspiring writers as a ‘book doctor’ giving editorial advice and guidance both for Writers Workshops and at literary festivals. 



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.)

Jessica Ruston

Jessica Ruston new photo Jessica Ruston’s bestselling debut novel, LUXURY, was published in 2009 by Headline Review and was the winner of the Debut of the Year 2009 category at the Elle Magazine Literary Awards. LUXURY was followed by TO TOUCH THE STARS in 2011 and THE DARKER SIDE OF LOVE in 2012. Her fourth novel, THE LIES YOU TOLD ME will be published in January 2013. She is the author of two non-fiction books as well as a number of screenplays.

Jessica’s journalism includes a weekly fiction serial for The Lady called COME FOR DINNER, features for Grazia, Red, Woman and Home, Scarlet, the Guardian online and Mslexia, as well as book reviews for Mslexia, The Lady and The Spectator.

Luxury is under option to Lex Filmed Entertainment.

Jessica is represented by Simon Trewin at William Morris Endeavor London.

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 eleven novels and writes in two genres. Her spy thrillers feature male main protagonists; her psychological thrillers female leads.

The Good Book Guide wrote of her spy novels, '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 bid to make her work as authentic as possible, she has bent the ears of numerous police officers, firearms officers, scenes of crime, the oddlawyer and United nation                                                       personnel.

Her most recent novels are 'House of Lies', 'A Deadly Trade and its sequel, 'Final Target.' All three books were published by Harper Collins under their Killer Reads imprint in 2017. She is currently working on her second standalone novel and is represented by Broo Doherty at D H Literary Agency.

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca is the author of three novels published by Bloomsbury - The Bluebird Café (2001) Happy Birthday and All That (2003) and A Bit of Earth (2006). Her first novel for children was shortlisted for The 2012 Kelpies Prize, and her first non-fiction book, Jane Austen’s Guide to Modern Life’s Dilemmas (2012) is published by Ivy Press in the UK and Tarcher Penguin in the USA and Canada. She is currently finishing another novel.

Rebecca is an experienced tutor and teaches creative writing at The University of Southampton. From 2009 – 2010 she was the Writer in Residence at Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton. She still works closely with the Museum, running workshops and judging the Museum’s annual competition for young writers. (Publisher profile of Rebecca here.)

Katherine Stansfield

Katherine Stansfield is a poet and novelist.
She grew up on the wilds of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall and moved to Aberystwyth, mid Wales in 2002 to go to university. She stayed there for quite some time, amassing books and cats, before deciding it was time to see a bit more of the world (having first ensured the cats were happy to have a ‘year out’ at her parents’ house). She’s now back in Wales again, based in Cardiff, and spends her time writing, editing and teaching.

Her debut novel The Visitor was published by Welsh indie press Parthian in 2013. It combines two of her great loves: Cornwall and historical fiction. The Daily Mail described it as ‘An evocative record of a lost age... unmistakably heartfelt’, and the book went on to win the fiction prize at the 2014 Holyer an Gof awards.

Falling Creatures, a crime novel set on Bodmin Moor in 1844, will be published by Allison & Busby in 2017, with a sequel to follow in 2018.

Katherine’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming on The Guardian online, in Poetry Wales, New Welsh Review, Planet, Magma, The Lampeter Review, The Lonely Crowd, The Interpreter’s House, Butchers Dog, Ink, Sweat and Tears, The Lighthouse, And Other Poems, and in the Seren anthology Poetry After the Beatles.
Her first book of poems, Playing House, was published by Seren in 2014. In 2015 Literature Wales awarded her a bursary to work on her second collection.

For several years she was a lecturer in Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University where she supervised Creative Writing MA and PhD students working on novels, books of short stories and poetry collections across a range of styles and themes. She now works as an Associate Lecturer for the Open University’s new MA in Creative Writing, and will shortly be teaching a new Writing Crime Fiction course for Cardiff University’s School of Continuing and Professional Education. Katherine also assesses manuscripts for Literature Wales, and reviews contemporary fiction and poetry for a variety of publications.

Website: http://katherinestansfield.blogspot.co.uk/
Twitter: @k_stansfield

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 satirical trilogy about contemporary 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 Book of the Year.

Craig has co-written a horror movie script, Writers Retreat, which was filmed in 2014 and premiered at the Sitges International Film Festival. He is an associate lecturer at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, and has taught widely, often on the underlying structures of narrative, and on Born Digital Literature, a particular enthusiasm which has seen Craig crowdfund a literary app on the Unbound publishing website, as well as instigate an experiment in digital literature with the British Library. He has been a book editor with the Writers' Workshop since (almost) its inception. (Wikipedia 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/)

Louise Walters

 Louise is the author of two novels, MRS SINCLAIR'S SUITCASE (2014) and A LIFE BETWEEN US (2017). Her novels are often described as "book group" fiction. She has been both trade and self-published. Louise has an Honours degree in Literature from The Open University (2010). She is also an alumni of the Writers' Workshop Self-Editing Your Novel course (2013).

Louise is a mentor with The Womentoring Project and two of her mentees have gone to to great success: Louise Jensen is published by Bookoutre, and her novels THE SISTER and THE GIFT are on the best seller lists. Kaela Coble has an agent and publisher, and her debut FRIENDS AND LIARS will be published by Corvus in 2017.

Louise lives on the Oxon/Northants border with her husband, five children and one rabbit.



Andrew Wille

Andrew has devoted his career to working with books and writers. As senior editor at Little, Brown in London, he edited and acquired many bestselling and critically acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction, and subsequently as a freelance editor has worked for most of the UK’s largest publishers as well as independent presses.

Andrew studied and taught at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, Colorado, where he developed an interest in contemplative and holistic approaches to writing and creativity. He regularly speaks and offers editorial guidance at events such as the Festival of Writing, and as a book doctor supports many writers from the start of new projects through to publication and beyond. He also writes fiction.

Andrew’s interests include literary fiction, fantasy, horror, historical fiction, science fiction, and LGBTQ writing. In nonfiction his specialisms include memoir and life writing, natural history, animal stories, gardening, travel, history, true crime, and social justice. More information, a blog, and many resources on writing and publishing can be found at www.wille.org

 Philip Womack

P Womack Philip is the author of  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. His new book, The Broken King, is the first of a trilogy, the second part of which is due to appear in 2015. His books have been widely critically acclaimed.

Born in Chichester, he was educated at Lancing College and read Classics and English at Oriel College, Oxford. He now lives in London. He has been a Fellow at First Story, leading creative writing workshops in inner city schools, for four years. He created and led the Children's Creative Writing course for the How To: Academy.

Sharon Zink

Sharon has provided editorial services to publishers and private clients worldwide, from beginners to published authors. A former English Literature academic, having studied at London and Cambridge, she possess fifteen years of teaching experience, including extensive knowledge of mentoring writers through all stages of the writing and submission process.
Sharon’s first novel, Welcome to Sharonville, was published last year by Unthank Books and was longlisted for The Guardian First Book Award.

She edits fiction though her range is broad, spanning from literary fiction through women's commercial to crime and sci-fi. She has also worked with writers on non-fiction and academic book proposals, as well as editing poetry collections since she was previously Young Poet of the Year. Having worked with authors and publishers from across the globe, Sharon is also conversant with the nuances of American and Australian English and aware of the differences relating to international book markets. 



 Our Non-Fiction Editors


Diana Collis

Diana has 25 years of experience in the non-fiction arena, with a writing career that began in journalism and media in Docklands London  and continued in magazines, books, brochures, newsletters, radio programmes, e-zines and websites
 A strong technical ability in writing, combined with an honours degree in English, Drama and Film and practical experience in the holistic field, has made Diana uniquely able to understand the challenges of conveying material in both niche and traditional areas.
Whilst she works primarily in the genres of mind, body and spirit, health, wellness and fitness, and diet and nutrition, Diana has years of editing and mentoring experience in Memoir and more general non-fiction work for Writers’ Workshop.  Manuscript focuses have included areas as varied as hypnotherapy, anatomy, sport, mountain trekking, meditation, positive attitude, art, feng shui, religious and transcendental experiences, travel and immigration, parenting and family issues, Asperger’s syndrome, autism, schizophrenia and other mental health challenges – with many more in between.

Diana’s feedback to authors attempts to blend clarity with inspiration and focus with motivation.


Helena Drysdale

  Helena is the author of six works of 'creative non-fiction': Alone through China and Tibet (Constable 1986); Dancing with the Dead: a journey through Zanzibar and Madagascar (Hamish Hamilton 1991); Looking for George: love and death in Romania, (Picador, 1996);  Mother Tongues: travels through tribal Europe (Picador, 2001); Strangerland: a family at war (Picador 2006), and Tibet: A Brief History (HistoryWorld 2013).

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 currently the Editor of Kindred Spirit, the UK's leading mind/body/spirit magazine. She has been a freelance contributors to leading women's magazines and national newspapers, particularly The Times and the Guardian, and has also been editor of a number of consumer and specialist women’s magazines including Health & Fitness magazine and Girl About Town.

Claire has written over 25 non-fiction books for adults and creative non-fiction titles for children under the pen-name, Rory Storm. Among her titles are three books on how to get published and make money from writing in the Hodder Teach Yourself series and her latest book is The Healing Therapies Bible.

Claire is married with two grown-up sons and lives on the edge of the West Pennines with her family and dog. For more information, go to www.clairegillman.com

Sam Jordison

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

Sam Jordison is an author, literary journalist, publisher and teacher. He is a co-director at Galley Beggar Press, the publishers of Eimear McBride's award winning A Girl Is A Half Formed Thing. He has extensive editorial experience and knowledge of the book world - and has also been on the other side of the fence, having written several best selling works of non-fiction, including the notorious Crap Towns series. As a journalist, he mainly writers for The Guardian, and mainly about books. He runs the Not The Booker Prize, and the Guardian's online book club, The Reading Group. He has also taught about publishing on several Creative Writing university courses, and currently runs a workshop series about the novel at Kingston University. 

 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.


Our Children's Editors



Alan Durant

Alan is currently writing his 100th book 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 12 children’s books published and has worked with a variety of editors and major publishing houses. Several of her books have been submitted as unsolicited manuscripts and she is living proof that it is possible to emerge triumphant from the slush pile.

Alex has written across the board with her work including young fiction, YA, a novel for pre-teens, a ghost story for reluctant readers and recently two picture books for a South Korean publishing company. Her work has been issued in large print by the BBC, put on tape and broadcast on the radio. Her YA novel, Last Chance Angel, was short-listed for six awards including the Romantic Novelist of the Year Award and her second YA novel, No Going Back has recently won the Northamptonshire Children’s Choice Book Awards.

When it comes to writing Alex is a strong believer in the benefits of practise, patience and perseverance. She believes that if you really want to be a writer then you can be a writer. She is married, has three children and lives in Leicester.

Eleanor Hawken

Eleanor has always loved stories, and is passionate about reading, writing and telling them. She has had nine novels for children published under her own name. Her titles include Sammy Feral’s Diaries of Weird (winner of the Lancashire Library’s Fantastic Book Award 2014), Felix FrostThe Blue Lady and The Grey Girl. Eleanor has also written under the pseudonym Zed Storm, devising writing and working as a series

consultant on the Will Solvit books. She has also written Book of the Film novelisations for movie studios, and countless activity and story books for various Disney films and franchises in her days as an editor in licensed publishing. 

Eleanor is an experienced fiction editor and has worked on titles across the various children’s markets, from Young Fiction to YA. She loves discovering fresh talent and working with new authors to hone their story-telling skills.

Eleanor is married with two young sons. When not writing or editing novels, she spends the day making-up stories with her children, using dinosaurs, spaceships, castles and dragons as props!

Brian Keaney

Brian has written over forty non-fiction books, including text books for schoolchildren, books about learning for parents, and training materals for teachers and teaching assistants. His works have been published by  Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Heinemann, Stanley Thornes, Macmillan Educational, Hodder and Ebury Press.

For fifteen years he also worked as a freelance journalist and copy-writer and produced educational materials for a variety of media organisations, government departments and commercial organisations including  The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Channel Four, TV Southwest, Sky TV, the Coastguard Agency, the Countryside Commission, the Forestry Authority; the Disney Corporation, Vauxhall Motors, Nashua, Optical Express, the British Epilepsy Association and Learning Through Landscapes.

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 and 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.

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 100 non-fiction and fiction titles for children and young adults – from picture books to encyclopedias – published by A&C Black, Collins, Curious Fox, Dorling Kindersley, Laurence King, Oxford University Press, Pearson, Raintree and Wayland. She also works with authors as a freelance commissioning editor. Before becoming a writer, Isabel studied Human Sciences at Oxford University and spent ten years working in-house in children's publishing.

She lives in Cambridge with her husband and three rambunctious sons.

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.

Philip Womack

PhilipWPhilip is the author of six books for children, The Other Book and The Liberators, which deal with fantasy elements in contemporary settings; The Darkening Path trilogy, comprising The Broken King, The King's Shadow, and The King's Revenge, which sees Simon on the hunt for his lost sister; and The Double Axe, which is a reimagining of the Minotaur myth. He is a regular reviewer of fiction for the national press and the literary papers.

Born in Chichester, he was educated at Lancing College and read Classics and English at Oriel College, Oxford. He now lives in London, and teaches Creative Writing at university level.


Our Script Editors


 Erin 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.

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.

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.


Jeremy Sheldon

Jeremy is an author, screenwriter and producer with 14 years’ experience in film, publishing, higher education and communications. His collaborators and clients range from top award winning producers to highly acclaimed independent filmmakers, from governments and global corporations to the world’s leading schools and universities.

Jonathan Cape have published two full-length works of his fiction, The Comfort Zone (2002) and The Smiling Affair (2005).


Ray Grewal

Ray is an award winning writer with broadcast credits on the BBC and Channel 4, 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 script editor and assessor for Creative England, and has worked in the BBC’s children’s drama development department as well as script edited Casualty for BBC1.  He also freelances as a writer, editor and reader for independent production companies and occasionally contributes to writers' blogs.

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 taught the UK Film Council Screenwriting course and has also taught for the BFI and at 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, currently he is responsible for all of the BFI's in-house film production. Outside the BFI, he is a working filmmaker and his feature documentary Anyone Can Play Guitar was released in cinemas at the end of 2011. His latest film Elstree 1976 will be released Winter 2015.

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, directed by Tom Carty); The Madolescents (adapted from the novel The Madolescents by Chrissie Glazebrook, produced by David Barron and Stevie Lee, directed by Aisling Walsh, commissioned by The Film Council Development Fund); Available Light (produced by Altered Image, directed by Tom Carty, Media Europe development award); UFO (produced by Gorgeous Films and Chris Clark, directed by Chris Palmer); Future Perfect (produced by Gorgeous Films, 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.