Non-fiction editors at the Writers' Workshop

All our non-fiction editors are professional authors or have held senior positions at major publishing houses. We require our non-fiction editors to have a strong grasp of the current market for such work and to have an excellent grasp of editorial technicalities. You can review some of our editorial success stories here. To seek feedback from our editors, please go here.

Please note that this page includes those of our editors who specialise primarily in non-fiction. Many of our fiction editors also happily work with certain types of non-fiction. If you want to understand more about how we allocate editors to assignments, please ask.


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 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.