Writing School East Midlands Tutors 2017-18

Nottingham Tutors

Caroline Bell Foster is an international bestselling, multi award-winning author of contemporary women’s fiction. She has published eight novels and her novellas appear in several international boxed sets. The Nottingham-based author and mum-of-two has been named as one of the most influential people in culture and entertainment by the Nottingham Post. With themes of substance, Caroline’s novels defy convention and celebrate modern-day Britain, with strong diverse characters. Book Caroline’s Commercial Writing course.

Anthony Cropper is a previous winner of the BBC Alfred Bradley Award for Radio Drama. He has published two novels, a collection of short stories and has worked with numerous arts organisations on installations and performances. Anthony worked with Bristol Old Vic on the thirty minute film (Myself in Other Lives). For ten years he has taught creative and professional writing at the University of Nottingham and has led workshops both in this country and abroad. Book Anthony’s Nottingham courses: Writing Radio Plays; Novel Techniques (starting and writing your novel); Novel Techniques (developing, sustaining and editing)

Giselle Leeb is a writer, assistant editor, web designer, and IT trainer. Her short stories have appeared in journals and magazines including Ambit, Mslexia and Litro. She is an assistant editor at Reckoning, an annual journal of environmental justice. She designs websites through her company, Exploding Media, and has over a decade’s teaching experience as an associate IT trainer and as a lecturer in digital media at Nottingham Trent University and City College, Brighton and Hove. Book Giselle’s WordPress for Writers course.

Dan Powell is a prize winning author of short fiction whose stories have appeared in the pages of The London Magazine, Being Dad, The Lonely Crowd, Carve, New Short Stories, Unthology and The Best British Short Stories. His debut collection of short fiction, Looking Out of Broken Windows (Salt, 2014), was shortlisted for the Scott Prize, long listed for both the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and the Edge Hill Prize. He is currently studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Leicester and is a writer-in-residence for the charity First Story. Book Dan’s Bridging the Gap – Short Stories to Novel course.

Megan TaylorMegan Taylor is the author of three novels, How We Were Lost (Flame Books, 2007), The Dawning (Weathervane Press, 2010) and The Lives of Ghosts (Weathervane Press, 2012) as well as a short story collection, The Woman Under the Ground (Weathervane Press, 2014).  She has been enjoying running creative writing workshops and courses for over six years. Book Megan’s courses: Creating Short Stories;  Short Stories: Writing On.

Victoria Villasenor is a development editor for a publishing house in New York. She has published several novels as well as a handful of short stories and poems, and currently runs the social enterprise Global Wordsmiths, which provides assistance to writers at every stage, as well as community writing projects for marginalised groups in Nottingham. Book Victoria’s Editing course. 

Pippa Hennessy is a writer of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. She is the Development Director at Nottingham Writers’ Studio and works as a publisher for Five Leaves Publications. She has produced many ebooks for Five Leaves and other publishers.

Niki Valentine has published several novels under that name and as Nicola Monaghan, and self-published a series of novellas which were later published as a novel (The Troll). She is a lecturer in Creative Writing at De Montfort University, Leicester. Book Pippa and Niki’s workshop EBooks and Beyond – How to Publish your Own Writing.

Leicester Tutors

Judith Allnatt is a short story writer and the author of four acclaimed novels: A Mile of River, The Poet’s Wife, The Moon Field and The Silk Factory. Her first novel, A Mile of River, was a Radio 5 Live Book of the Month and was described by Michael Morpurgo as ‘a novel of rare insight, exquisitely written’. Judith’s novels have been shortlisted for the Portico prize for Literature and for the East Midlands Book Award. Judith has lectured on Creative Writing for universities and freelance for over two decades. Book Judith’s Waking Your Characters course.

Anthony Cropper is a previous winner of the BBC Alfred Bradley Award for Radio Drama. He has published two novels, a collection of short stories and has worked with numerous arts organisations on installations and performances. For ten years he has taught creative and professional writing at the University of Nottingham and has led workshops both in this country and abroad. d. Book Anthony’s Leicester course: Writing Radio Plays;

Mike Gayle is the author of fourteen novels including the Sunday Times Bestselling My Legendary Girlfriend, Mr Commitment and Turning Thirty. Previously a journalist and agony uncle, Mike’s work has appeared in a variety of publications including The Sunday Times, The Guardian and Cosmopolitan. He has also been a judge on a number of literary prizes including the Costa, Betty Trask and WH Smith Awards. Book Mike’s course Getting Started With Your Novel.

Maxine Linnell has published seven books, including novels Vintage and Closer. Her latest book is This Dust (Soundswrite Press, 2017) a poetry collection including a series of poems about her son’s death. Maxine has spent most of her working life as a psychotherapist and teacher, and now works as an editor, mentor and creative writing tutor, and writes book critiques. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University. Book Maxine’s Writing Workshop.

Siobhan Logan‘s poetry & prose collections Firebridge to Skyshore and Mad, Hopeless and Possible are published by Original Plus Press. They have been performed at Ledbury Poetry Festival, the Science Museum and National Space Centre. Her poems and stories are published in many anthologies and magazines and she co-edited a Five Leaves Books anthology for refugee solidarity, Over Land, Over Sea. She teaches Creative Writing at De Montfort University. Book Siobhan’s course Building your Poetry Collection.

Jamie Mollart’s first novel, The Zoo, was published in 2015 to critical acclaim. Amazon named him one of their rising stars for that year, Alison Moore described The Zoo as ‘Grippingly dark’ and Book Trust named it as a truly exceptional debut. His short story ‘Home Game’ was featured in the recent anthology Lost and Found – Stories of home by Leicestershire Writers. He is currently working on his second novel. Book Jamie’s Writing Your Novel course.

Farhana Shaikh is a writer and publisher born in Leicester. She edits The Asian Writer, an online magazine championing Asian literature and runs the small press Dahlia Publishing which publishes regional and diverse writing. Farhana hosts the popular Writers Meet Up Leicester as well as Leicester Writes Festival of New Writing. In 2017, she won Travelex & Penguin’s The Next Great Travel Writer competition and is currently part of Curve’s Cultural Leadership programme. Book Farhana’s course How to Be a Writer.

George Szirtes was born in Hungary in 1948, a child refugee of 1956 Uprising, and published his first book of poems, The Slant Door, in 1979. It won the Faber Prize. He has published many since then, winning, among others, the T. S. Eliot Prize in 2004 for which he has been twice shortlisted since. He has also won various international prizes for his translation of Hungarian literature including the Man Booker International Prize for his translations of László Krasznahorkai. Book George’s Liberated by Constraint: Poetry Masterclass.

Deborah Tyler-Bennett is author of two collections of linked short fiction, with one forthcoming in 2017.  She has also had seven volumes of poetry and two co-authored volumes on creative writing published.  Her current volumes are the poems, Mr Bowlly Regrets and Mice That Roared (both King’s England Press, 2015 and 2017) and the forthcoming book of stories, Brand New Beat is out from the same publisher in summer 2017. Book Deborah’s Structuring Stories course.