The Writing Coach team are available to work with you on your manuscript or as your mentor. All consultants are either published writers, professional editors or university lecturers and all have broad experience of working with developing writers. Your work receives nurturing, individual attention, with a focus on positive, constructive but honest feedback.
I am so proud of the mentors and literary consultants on the team. These experienced consultants are all personally known to me and will give close attention to your manuscript. I ensure that your work is seen by a mentor/coach/editor who is exactly right for you.”
Welcome to new consultants Frances Moloney & Heidi Williamson
Frances Moloney is a writer, editor and literary consultant. Having spent over six years working at some of the largest publishing houses in the UK, including Hachette and Simon & Schuster, she now mentors up-and-coming authors and loves working with new writers to bring out the best in their stories. She has particular skills in children’s fiction and understands what makes a successful series and what works on an international level.
When she’s not working with new authors, Frances also writes both creatively and professionally, including on the Swedish travel blog Routes North and the women’s interest blog Safe Space.
Having been coached or mentored at key stages in her writing life, Heidi understands the enriching experience and significance of both. Her latest poetry collection, The Print Museum (Bloodaxe, 2016), was shortlisted for the 2016 East Anglian Book Award. Her first, Electric Shadow (Bloodaxe, 2011), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for Poetry.
Her work has appeared in journals across the UK, America and Australia and she has been translated into Polish, German, and Turkish. In 2008 and 2009 she was Writer-in-Residence for the London Science Museum’s Dana Centre. From 2011 to 2014 she was Poet-in-Residence at the John Jarrold Printing Museum.
Heidi studied poetry and prose at UEA. She qualified as a Writing Coach through the National Association of Writers in Education and the Arvon Foundation, and is a professional member of the Association of Coaching (AMAC), specialising in Writing Coaching.
Jon Magidsohn, originally from Toronto, is the author of Immortal Highway and is a memoir writing teacher and facilitator. His work has been featured in The Guardian, National Geographic Traveller, The Bangalore Mirror, Hippocampus Magazine, Full Grown People and has written about fatherhood for Today’s Parent, dadzclub.com and the Good Men Project.
He’s been an actor, singer, bartender, upholsterer, sales representative, handyman and dad. He and his family live in London where Jon received an MA in Creative Nonfiction from City University.
Judi Goodwin specialises in helping people write about their lives. She is a coach, mentor and trainer and also works with clients who wish to focus on editorial articles, memoirs and creative non-fiction.
As a freelance features journalist, she has contributed to The Daily Telegraph, Radio Times and Homes and Gardens and her work has been syndicated internationally. She spent five years as Commissioning Editor for Ideal Home and was a regular interviewer for BBC Woman’s Hour.
Her workshops are frequently described as “inspirational’ and she has run feature writing and interviewing workshops for the NUJ and two of the UK’s largest magazine publishers. She believes confidence is the key to fluent, powerful writing and clients value her whole person approach.
Glynis Kozma is the author of two non-fiction books for parents – Secondary School and Leaving Home – and a freelance journalist who writes for The Times, Guardian, Daily Telegraph and Independent – as well as a wide range of consumer magazines. Glynis is a fully qualified coach and a member of the Association for Coaching.
A former teacher of English in secondary schools, Glynis also has specialist teaching qualifications in dyslexia and has supported dyslexic graduates in the workplace, including a rocket scientist, a forensic scientist and a police officer. She is also a former teacher with the National Extension College, Cambridge, by distance.
Glynis’ specialism is non-fiction, beginning with sourcing ideas to preparing a full proposal. With her contacts in the media she is able to offer insight into what publishers look for and how non-fiction authors can raise their profiles to become the ‘go to’ person for their subject.
Stephen Brown is a playwright, dramaturg and creative writing tutor. His adaptation of Rory Stewart’s bestselling memoir Occupational Hazards will have a major London production in 2016. He is currently working on a commission for the National Theatre.
Previous work as writer includes Filter Theatre’s Faster (BAC / Lyric Studio / 59E59 New York / UK Tour), Future Me (Theatre503 / Public Theatre New York / UK Tour), Does My Society Look Big in This? (Bristol Old Vic) and, as dramaturg, Lost Dog’s Salvage (Laban Centre / The Place).
He has taught playwriting at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, since 2011. Stephen has also worked extensively as a book editor, translator and theatre critic (including on Radio 4’s Front Row). He was publisher of the London-based political magazine Prospect.
I am particularly excited to have Stephen on the Writing Coach team as I have chosen him as my own mentor, as I complete my first play. Stephen is incredibly knowledgeable about the genre and is a brilliant and astute teacher; I cannot recommend him highly enough to aspiring playwrights – Jacqui Lofthouse
Louise Voss began her writing career with four novels for Transworld/Black Swan, the first of which, To Be Someone, was published in 2001 with its own CD soundtrack. To Be Someone was followed by three more contemporary women’s fiction novels, until she successfully switched to publishing thrillers with Mark Edwards in 2011. She and Mark were the first British indie authors to reach No.1 on the Amazon charts with Catch Your Death, where they stayed for the month of June 2011. This led to a four-book deal with Harper Collins.
Today Louise is a hybrid author, self-publishing her old solo novels and continuing to publish with Mark. Thomas & Mercer have just published From The Cradle, their fifth novel together, and her first solo psychological thriller, The Venus Trap, has also recently been published.
Dr Emma Darwin
Dr. Emma Darwin has been helping writers for a decade, and has particular interests in historical fiction and scholarly writing, as well as literary and commercial fiction and creative non-fiction. She studied Drama at university, and has a PhD in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths. Her debut novel The Mathematics of Love was published in 2006 (Headline Review/HarperCollins), and is probably the only novel ever to have been simultaneously listed for both Commonwealth Writers Best First Book, and RNA Novel of the Year. Her bestselling second novel, A Secret Alchemy (Headline Review/HarperCollins), was part of her PhD, which explored the writing of historical fiction. She has recently written Getting Started in Writing Historical Fiction for John Murray Learning/Teach Yourself, alongside her third novel. She taught Creative Writing for the Open University for several years, has worked with academic writing as an RLF Fellow at Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Music, and blogs at This Itch of Writing.
Sara Starbuck has spent almost twenty years working in UK trade book publishing. She has had experience as a commissioning editor, desk editor and development editor, and also as an author’s agent. She currently works as a freelance book editor, specialising in fiction, YA and children’s books. Sara is also the author of seven published works, including the memoir Breakfast Epiphanies (Atlantic Books, 2006); the children’s adventure novels, The Dread Pirate Fleur and the Ruby Heart (Random House, 2009) and its sequel, The Dread Pirate Fleur and The Hangman’s Noose (Random House, 2010); The Fairythorn Tales series under the pseudonym, Lara Faraway (Templar Publishing, 2013); and most recently a non-fiction book for children, Lions (The Orion Publishing Group /Born Free Foundation, 2015).
Sara is passionate about storytelling and working with writers. She has a keen eye for a good story and the ability to hone it.
Steph Roundsmith is a children’s literary agent, freelance editor and runs a reading and writing scheme for children in the north east of England called kidsreadwritereview. She currently works as editorial assistant for Myrmidon Books in Newcastle and specialises in fiction and children’s books. Steph spends a lot of her time working with children’s authors, schools and children and has built up a wealth of knowledge as to what children want, what publishers are looking for and what booksellers are hungry to sell.
Steph is very keen to work with children’s authors in any genre up to YA and has a wide-ranging skillset from proofreading and copy-editing to mentoring and consultancy. Steph has worked with a range of writers and has a talent for spotting a great story with the ability to polish it to submission standard.
Stephanie Zia edits both fiction and nonfiction at Blackbird Digital Books where she oversees all stages of the digital publishing process from commissioning new works to editing, formatting and promotion. As author of Self-Publishing Ebooks including Self Publishing Ebooks: The Absolute Beginner’s Step-by-Step Guide, she has guided many authors through the digital maze of ebook and POD paperback publishing.
She has had two commercial fiction novels Baby on Board and Keeping Mum, published by Piatkus and two non-fiction books published by Hamlyn. She has also written for a variety of magazines and newspapers and for five years was a regular columnist for The Guardian Weekend Magazine’s Space Solves page.
Dr Sharon Zink
Dr. Sharon Zink is the author of Welcome to Sharonville (Unthank Books, 2014) which was long-listed for The Guardian First Book Award. A former Young Poet of the Year, her first collection, Rain in the Upper Floor Café, was published when she was seventeen, her short fiction winning her the title of Writers Inc. Writer of the Year and leading to her being shortlisted for The Raymond Carver Prize and in The New Writer competition four years running.
After being an English Literature academic, Sharon now works as a writing tutor and literary consultant. She has extensive editorial and mentoring experience, having worked privately with a wide range of writers, as well for agencies and publishers worldwide. Her former clients include the bestselling author Amanda Prowse and the critically acclaimed Mark Gartside.
(Only available for mentoring services at present)
After the birth of her third child 16 years ago, Gillian gave up her enjoyable career as a Publisher/Commissioning Editor in academic publishing, specialising in criminology, social theory and material culture studies. Luckily, while subsequently volunteering once a week to sort through the slush-pile of a leading literary agency, she discovered a beautiful novel that went on to win the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Richard & Judy Summer Read of Summer Reads.
Since then she has worked in a freelance capacity for Bloomsbury, Orion, Penguin and Transworld, editing authors such as Joanna Briscoe, James Runcie, Kamila Shamsie, Sheila Hancock, Emily Perkins, Damian Barr and Rev Richard Coles. As a Book Doctor and Ghost, she has worked on several books for Orion and Penguin including An African Love Story, a biography of Kate Middleton, an account of the Iranian Embassy Siege and memoirs ranging from a wartime childhood in a Derbyshire mining village to a member of the Royal Family.
Caroline Green has been writing professionally for almost 25 years, both as a newsstand journalist and more recently as the author of four Young Adult novels. Her first, Dark Ride, won the Waverton Good Read Award and the RoNA Young Adult Novel of the year in 2011. Cracks, her second book, was nominated for nine awards and featured on Radio Four’s Open Book as one of its teen reads of 2013. Hold Your Breath, her third, won the Oldham Brilliant Book Award for the Young Adult category.
Caroline works extensively in schools teaching creative writing and is currently Writer in Residence at East Barnet School and the Kelmscott School. She coaches adult writers through her manuscript appraisal work and also via The Big Writing Club with life coach Suzy Greaves.
Dr Sara Bailey
Dr. Sara Bailey is a writer, researcher and lecturer who has been working with authors, screenwriters and writers as a consultant and lecturer for many years. She has had two film scripts commissioned by Cutting Edge Productions.
Having recently completed her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at Bangor University, she also has an MA in Creative Writing (Bath Spa) and an MA in Women’s History (Royal Holloway, University of London) as well as her BA in English (University of North London).
Sara is a member of the Author’s Association, the National Association of Writer’s in Education and actively involved in national and international conferences on writing.
Her latest book published by Bloomsbury Writing the Horror Movie came out in 2014 and she is working on the follow up Hells Bells, From Screen Queens to Psycho Bitches also for Bloomsbury and her first novel Take Me With You.
Very occasionally she writes and performs poetry and won the Bristol Poetry Slam in 2001. Sara is about to head off to the Orkney Islands to write, teach and set up writer’s retreats. Her blog ‘Written in Water’ following the Orkney adventure will be launched soon.
After years as a journalist and copywriter now Laura writes novels. She has published five novels for adults (two under a pseudonym) and numerous short stories. Her contemporary fiction is published by award-winning independent press, Accent. Her novel, Public Battles, Private Wars, was a Welsh Books Council Book of the month. Her latest, Redemption Song, is an insightful look at learning to forgive and love again after significant loss.
Alongside writing, she runs workshops on craft and has spoken at literary events nationwide. Over the past five years she’s worked as a developmental editor and mentor, coaching students to competition shortlistings and publication. Laura loves to help writers find their voice and create compelling fiction. Interests include: manuscript assessment; substantive and copy editing; developmental mentoring from early draft through to finished submission package in women’s fiction, romance, psychological thrillers and historical.
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