Our teachers, course leaders, and manuscript assessors...
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Arlene is a coach, writer, homeopath and raving fan of Mother Earth.
She writes regularly at her blog, The Flourishing Woman: an online resource filled with inspiration and practical tips to help you uncover, and tend to, what really matters to you.
Loving yourself first, letting go of ‘shoulds’, and being ‘good enough’ are key themes in Arlene’s work and life.
Arlene’s career path started in an Arts Council funded organisation supporting poetry publishers, and wound its way through business planning to senior management in the charity sector. Since 2005 she has been helping others transform their lives with homeopathy and life coaching.
As a coach for The Writers Company, Arlene offers a workshop to help you uncover an authentic vision for your creativity, a Making It Happen programme, and courses to set your life up to honour your writing.
You can find out more about Arlene here.
Catherine Caumont is a psychodynamic counsellor, registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. She has experience as a counselling tutor and clinical supervisor, and has long had an interest in creative writing.
Her interest in Life Writing and her training in running writing groups is used to enhance and complement her counselling practice. Catherine is a member of Lapidus and is offering Therapeutic Writing and Writing for Wellbeing taster sessions and courses at The Writers Company.
When she is not writing or counselling, Catherine will often be out in nature, either on her native Suffolk coast or adopted “second home” on the fells of Cumbria.
Juliet has a curiosity for unearthing stories. Her practice is bound up with storytelling and she uses art as a stimulus for her writing; exploring collections in museums and galleries, engaging with the natural world and creating mixed media pieces that weave their way into her stories.
Her work both as educator and artist makes connections: connecting people to the past and allowing them the space to tell their story; connecting place to story through walking in the footsteps of others; connecting hand, eye and heart through the process of making.
Juliet Lockhart studied Textile Design at West Surrey College of Art, Fine Art at University College Suffolk and has an MA in Literature and Creative Writing from The University of Essex. She is founder and Artistic Director of Lockarts, an arts in mental health charity.
Sebastiana is a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher, a voice movement therapist, a singer songwriter and an integrative arts counsellor working with young people. She has been facilitating therapeutic workshops and retreats in Norwich, UK and in the Czech Republic for over a decade. She works with drama and dance movement therapy students at University of East Anglia and University of Derby. In her private practice she offers guidance to anyone who wishes to explore any aspect of their voice, whether it is the acoustic, creative, inner or metaphorical voice, and its healing potential. She assists singers of different abilities and others in having a more open, flexible, expressive and embodied voice.
Most recently she has been enjoying guiding people to develop a more compassionate inner voice that can support their creativity and wellbeing. Her work includes mindfulness and self-compassion tools and practices in order to help artists and everyone to bring more acceptance, resilience and joy into their creative life and life in general, and become kinder to themselves.
Sebastiana sings in the award winning short film Malka. She brings to audiences world music in her ceilidh and concert band Zaramo. With her duet The Fire Doves she has recorded two albums which include her original songs.