I work with writers and books in a variety of ways, bringing together my experience in publishing with my experience in teaching. I edit, I lead workshops, and as a book doctor I offer developmental editing, coaching and creative mentoring to individual writers, and read manuscripts at any stage of their evolution. My aim: helping writers to write – and sometimes to find – the books they want to write.
A bio: I’ve worked in publishing for over two decades. I was managing editor and then senior editor at Little, Brown UK, acquiring and publishing many critically acclaimed and award-winning works of fiction and nonfiction. Subsequently, as a freelance editor, I’ve worked for many of London’s most notable imprints, including Abacus, Element, Granta, HarperCollins, Little, Brown, Macmillan, Orion, Portobello, Pushkin Press, Random House, Simon and Schuster, and Virago.
I was a student and later faculty at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, Colorado, where I taught creative writing and seminars in publishing for MFA and BA programmes on campus and online. I learned more than I can ever measure from the many friends I made at Naropa, and gained so much from the wisdom, humour, and creativity I encountered at this pioneering school.
I lead workshops in association with Words Away, and I’ve also led writing workshops at Cambridge University, Faber Academy, Twickenham Film Studios, and the Victoria & Albert Museum. I have taken part in the Festival of Writing and Getting Published Day for Jericho Writers (formerly the Writers’ Workshop), and taught academic courses for Falmouth University’s MA in Professional Writing, the University of Colorado and Front Range Community College. I have also spoken on publishing at Reading University, Canterbury Christ Church University, City University, and Lancaster University.
I have an MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University, an MA in English Literature from University College London, and a BA in American Studies from Hull University. As an undergraduate I also studied at the University of New Mexico.
I also write.