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Our writing development work is unique because our trainers are professional, published authors: novelists, playwrights, non-fiction writers and poets. They share a flair for delineating ideas, making connections and analysing language’s tone and presentation, and a capacity for boldness of expression, playfulness and curiosity. These qualities will help you discover your organisation’s best voice.
Our trainers have a range of experience developing writing skills in the workplace and have all been Fellows for the Royal Literary Fund in universities.
Writing Project Directors
Writer Julian Evans

Julian Evans

Julian Evans is a biographer and travel writer who has run workshops with the National Trust, the NERC’s Doctoral Training Partnership, and several universities and charities. He focuses on showing…

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Meg Sanders

Meg Sanders

Meg Sanders writes fiction and non-fiction. She has worked with organisations including Birmingham City Council, Nottingham County Council, HMRC and the NHS to identify their training needs. She also mentors…

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Writing Project Associates

Max Adams

Max Adams writes non-fiction and fiction and designs and leads workshops for universities, charities and commercial organisations. He has wide experience of project management in both private and non-profit sector.…

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Writer Jane Adams

Jane Adams

Jane Adams is the author of more than thirty published novels. She has worked with Leicester Social Services, Birmingham NHS and mental health charities, identifying their writing needs and creating…

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Helena Attlee

Helena Attlee is an award-winning writer of non-fiction. She has considerable experience of running writing workshops for charities such as the National Trust, for small businesses, and for students at…

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Peter Benson

Peter Benson

Peter Benson is a novelist, screenwriter, journalist and copywriter who has led workshops and taught creative writing at universities, schools and residential centres across Europe and the USA. He has…

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Rachel Bentham

Rachel Bentham is a poet and scriptwriter who has run workshops for the BBC, Creative Youth Network, Bristol and Nottingham Council, and others. She specialises in helping clients to become…

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Writer Jane Bingham

Jane Bingham

Jane Bingham is a prolific writer of non-fiction with a background in publishing, museums and tourism. She has delivered workshops in the public and private sectors and has worked as…

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Deborah Bosley

Deborah Bosley

Deborah Bosley is a travel writer, novelist, editor and journalist who has run workshops for local authorities, the NHS and mental health charities. She particularly enjoys helping workshop participants discover…

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Debjani Chatterjee

Debjani Chatterjee MBE writes for children and adults. Her more than 65 books include: poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, plays, and literary translations. She has also worked in industry, education, the…

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Mavis Cheek

Mavis Cheek is a novelist, short story writer and journalist. She has run writing workshops for the Arvon Foundation, HM Prison Service, charities and other organisations in the UK and…

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Brian Clegg

Brian Clegg

Brian Clegg is a science writer with over 30 books published, who regularly writes for national newspapers and magazines. He has run Guardian masterclasses on science writing and has provided…

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Mary Colson

Mary Colson is a writer of children’s non-fiction and has run workshops with business organisations including Entrepreneurial Spark, and with social services, schools and charities. A former scriptwriter Mary uses…

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Writer Yvonne Coppard

Yvonne Coppard

Yvonne Coppard is known primarily as an author of novels for children and teenagers. She is currently working as writer in residence with Cafcass (Children and Families Court Advisory Support…

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Jane Corry

Jane Corry

Jane Corry trained as a journalist and is also a successful novelist. She has run workshops for clients including charities and universities, and her emphasis is on imparting writing skills…

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Sarah Duncan

Sarah Duncan has worked with organisations including Bristol City Council, Cornwall Rural Communities Charity, and the Design Trust. Her workshops focus on practical solutions that help her clients identify and…

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Heather Dyer

Heather Dyer has delivered writing workshops and worked as an in-house writer and editor in the corporate and public sectors. Her clients include North Wales Police, Kirklees Council, the Workers'…

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Lucy English

Lucy English is a spoken-word poet and novelist, who has run workshops for many charities and organisations. She specialises in showing clients how to boost their website presence and social…

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Lucy Flannery

Lucy Flannery is a scriptwriter and playwright who has worked with public and private sector organisations including Leicester County Council, Rutland County Council and Fasset Business and Property Solutions. She…

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Writer Duncan Forbes

Duncan Forbes

An award-winning poet and translator, Duncan Forbes writes poems and essays and has now published six collections of poetry. He is an experienced teacher of English Language and Literature in…

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Writer Alyson Hallett

Alyson Hallett

Dr Alyson Hallett is a poet who also writes for radio and television. She considers creativity to be a vital component of every writing process and designs her workshops with…

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Babs Horton

Babs Horton is a novelist and playwright. She has extensive experience working with the NHS and education sector and has worked with, among others, Yeovil Hospital, Paper Arts Bristol and…

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Mark Illis

Mark Illis writes novels, short stories, TV and radio drama and screenplays; he has delivered professional writing development across many subjects, among them ‘Structure’, ‘Feedback’ and ‘Taking Minutes’. His workshops…

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Sarah LeFanu

Sarah LeFanu

Sarah LeFanu is a distinguished biographer and radio dramatist who has run workshops for a variety of charities and public sector bodies, including the NHS. She spent her early career…

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Maria McCann

Maria McCann is a historical novelist and short story writer who has run workshops with start-ups, community interest groups, local government and charities. She has been a mentor to developing…

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Katharine McMahon

Katharine McMahon

Katharine McMahon writes historical fiction and has extensive training experience, both in writing and in the criminal justice system. She has written and delivered national training courses for magistrates and…

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Sanjida O’Connell

Dr Sanjida O’Connell is a novelist and non-fiction writer. She runs workshops for entrepreneurs that focus particularly on writing for social media, helping clients gain confidence, express themselves effectively to…

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Wendy O’Shea-Meddour

Dr Wendy O’Shea-Meddour is an internationally published children’s author. Her workshop clients include financial institutions, recruitment agencies, travel companies and creative enterprises, and she is committed to helping clients engage…

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Tina Pepler

Tina Pepler

Tina Pepler is a radio and television dramatist whose work has been broadcast on BBC1, Channel 4 and ITV. She has led writing workshops for corporate clients, charities and several…

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Caroline Sanderson

Caroline Sanderson

Caroline Sanderson is a non-fiction writer, journalist and reviewer. She has a particular interest in writing for marketing and publicity purposes, including press releases, website copy and social media posts.…

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Writer Jeremy Seal

Jeremy Seal

Jeremy Seal is a travel writer, historian and broadcaster. He has worked with businesses including Sawday’s Publishing, Verisk Maplecroft, and Environet, as well as a number of charities. He specialises…

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Clare Shaw

Clare Shaw

Clare Shaw is a poet who has also had wide experience as a trainer, designing and delivering courses for public organisations in criminal justice, mental health, education and community services.…

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Martin Symington

Martin Symington

Martin Symington is a freelance journalist and author who specialises in travel. He has developed and delivered workshops for charities and local government, including Creative Youth Network and Bristol City…

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Tim Walker

Tim Walker writes novels for children and young adults, and has run workshops for private, public and voluntary organisations. He turned to writing fiction after a long career in design,…

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Jackie Wills

Jackie Wills

Jackie Wills is a poet and non-fiction writer who has led writing workshops in education, the arts and business for organisations as varied as Unilever, Marks & Spencer, Arts &…

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Cliff Yates

Cliff Yates writes poetry and non-fiction. He has worked with entrepeneurs, social services and a community interest company. He employs creative techniques to improve clarity, precision and confidence. A former…

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Writer Kerry Young

Kerry Young

Dr Kerry Young is the author of three novels. She offers organisation-based workshops focussing on writing reports, assessments, project proposals, funding bids, service plans, etc. Recent clients have included Coventry…

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