Our teachers, course leaders, and manuscript assessors...

Petra McQueen

Petra McQueen has over forty publication credits including: The Saturday Evening Post, The Guardian, You Magazine, Writers' Forum, Lakeside Review and Open Road Review. She has also won sixteen writing competitions to date. The most recent of these are: The Writers' Forum, The Open Road Review, Strands International Short Story Competition, Grace Dieu, National Association of Writers’ Groups, and The Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award.


She has taught English, Drama and Creative Writing for over twenty-five years. She has a Creative Writing MA (distinction) from Essex University, where she also worked as a lecturer.


Past achievements include organising a Literature Festival with over forty events in ten different venues; co-editing ‘The Red Thread’: an anthology of new myths, written in Greek and English; and performing pieces live for the Essex Book Festival, the University of Essex and Patrician Press.


Petra McQueen is the founder of The Writers’ Company, is a manuscript assessor, and teaches many of its courses. Please click here to see her testimonials.

Kate Worsley

Kate Worsley is an award-winning novelist who spent her early career as a feature writer for national newspapers and magazines. Conran Octopus published her interiors guide PERSONAL SPACE in the UK and Sweden, and her 18th-century Essex seafaring novel SHE RISES (Bloomsbury), won the New Angles Prize and the HWA Debut Crown, and was shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award in the US.


She studied English Literature at UCL and has an MA in Creative Writing (Novels) from City, University of London. She is an alumnus of the WCN Escalator literature development scheme and the recipient of an Arts Council Grant for the Arts for her second novel, set in 1930s rural East Anglia.


She was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Essex University from 2014 to 2017, and has been a visiting lecturer in creative writing at City, University of London since 2015. She also teaches and mentors for the National Centre for Writing and designs and delivers workplace writing workshops for the Writing Project.

Kate Worsley is a course leader, manuscript assessor and mentor for The Writers' Company. Please see here to see her fantastic testimonials.

Helen Chambers

After teaching for 25 years, Helen Chambers took an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Essex in 2016. She won the Fish Short Story Prize in 2018 and in 2019 she was nominated for Best Microfictions. You can read more about these, and her other publications on her blog: https://helenchamberswriter.wordpress.com/writing/


Helen is usually to be found with her head in a book or out walking. Sometimes she combines the two with the Wivenhoe Open Air Shakespeare Company - she has both directed and acted, though usually not at the same time. You can read Helen's testimonials here.

Sue Dawes

Sue Dawes has an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University which she completed in 2011 and has been involved in editing several books which have gone on to be published. 

Her own stories have appeared on-line and in magazines and she has won several writing competitions. A list of achievements can be found on her blog:  www.suedaweswriter.wordpress.com/achievements.


Sue has a specific interest in thrillers, horror, contemporary literature and YA fiction but enjoys all stories when they are well told.  She loves editing, particularly helping authors to make their stories the best they can be. 


The way to her heart is through Border Terriers and cake.

Sue is a manuscript assessor for The Writers' Company.

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