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Meet The Writers Bureaus' Tutors

Please find below profiles of our tutors. As you will see each one is uniquely qualified to guide you through your studies. So, whoever you are working with you can be confident that you’ll receive the right sort of advice that will help you bring your writing up to a publishable standard.

Andy Ellis obtained a degree in journalism in 1986, starting work on his local newspaper in the same year. From there he progressed to a regional newspaper and later, worked for a variety of magazines, based in London.

Roughly five years into his career, Andy decided to try life as a freelance writer and has never looked back. The author of thousands of magazine and newspaper articles, Andy’s work is managed by two different agencies; one in the USA and one based in Sweden, for mainland Europe. He sells his own work in the UK.

Andy writes fiction as well as factual articles and has had many hundreds of short stories accepted, as well as two fiction books; one written for children. Andy has sat on many competition judging panels and acts as a ‘reader’ for several large publishing houses; assessing the commercial viability of new authors’ novel proposals.

Andy was commissioned by the Local Learning and Skills council to work on an information/promotional book for them. From that point on, business based commercial writing has become the largest part of Andy’s freelance income. He has worked on many governmental reports, instruction books and staff-guides for different government Departments, including the Dept of work and Pensions and The Home Office. Andy is now regarded as one of the leading experts on Employment and Welfare to Work Issues and contributes to many publications on these and related issues.


Stephanie BaudetStephanie Baudet is a freelance writer of fiction and non-fiction for children and has had work published in the following fields: articles and short stories for both adults and children, storybooks, historical novels, books for reluctant readers, assembly books and educational books. She visits schools, runs adult workshops, works as a reader assessing mss and teaches creative writing by correspondence and online. She reviews books for ‘Armadillo’ magazine, regularly does proofreading work and occasionally dabbles in copy editing. She also has experience of writing historical/romantic fiction for adults with her novel 'A Measure Of The Soul'.


David KinchinDavid Kinchin has worked with the Writers Bureau since 1994. Before becoming a tutor, David was a student with us and, after launching his freelance career, earned himself the title of ‘Distance Learning Student of the Year’. David is experienced in a number of different writing genres, having successfully written and had published/broadcast drama scripts, text books, short stories and hundreds of feature articles for publications in Europe, South Africa and North America. He is in the rather unusual position of never having had a book proposal turned down by a publisher, and has enjoyed publication by HarperCollins, Jessica Kingsley, David Fulton, and others. More recently, David has branched out into magazine editing.



Simon MaginnSimon Maginn is an award-nominated writer with seven novels to his two names! One of his biggest successes is, ‘Sheep’, which was filmed as ‘The Dark’ (2005). He was a winner of the WH Smith Fresh Talent award in 1994, and was nominated for Novel of the Year by the British Fantasy Society for 'Methods of Confinement' (1996). He’s also published numerous short stories, one of which was broadcast on BBC Radio 4. He writes two kinds of novels: horror/psychological thrillers as Simon Maginn and raucous urban comedies as Simon Nolan. His other interests are science fiction, fantasy, thrillers, and general fiction. Non-fiction interests include science, philosophy, music, history, politics and psychology. Simon has been a tutor with Writers Bureau since 2007, teaching both fiction and nonfiction.



Esther NewtonEsther Chilton has a social science degree specialising in psychology and sociology. Writing was always a passion and since joining the Writers Bureau as a student many years ago, Esther hasn’t looked back. She now writes and tutors full-time. Esther has written for numerous writing magazines and had articles published in a broad range of publications including ‘Prima’, ‘Your Cat’, ‘Lifeinfo’ and ‘Collect It!’ to name a few. She has many short story competition wins to her credit and has also enjoyed judging competitions. Her fiction stories have appeared in ‘The People’s Friend’, ‘My Weekly’, ‘Your Cat’ and ‘Independent Newspapers’, as well as teenage and children’s publications.



Nicola Lisle is a freelance journalist and author specialising in social history and the arts. She holds an Honours Diploma in Freelance and Feature Writing (London School of Journalism), and a BA (Honours) in Humanities with English Literature (Open University). She has had articles published in more than 60 national and regional titles, including Who Do You Think You Are?, Discover Your Ancestors, Your Family History, Ships Monthly, Shipping, Dolls House and Miniature Scene, The Lady, The Countryman, The Dancing Times, The Stage and a range of classical music magazines. She is the classical music writer for The Oxford Times and has been writing a series on local blue plaques for her local county magazine, the award-winning Oxfordshire Limited Edition, since 2006. Her first book, Tracing Your Family History Made Easy, was published by Which? Books in November 2011, and she is currently working on a new book for Pen & Sword, due for publication in 2018. She has been a tutor for the Writers Bureau since 2005.


Sara MaceSara Mace has been a journalist since 1972 and has had countless articles published at local, regional and national level both as a full-time member of staff and on a freelance basis. Her experience is largely newspaper-based and includes editing, sub-editing, page design, feature writing, news reporting and training new recruits. She has specialised in various fields, such as industrial, agricultural and legal news coverage, but her main interest is the arts and she spent several years as arts editor of a regional daily paper. Sara is an Open University graduate, so she understands only too well the difficulties presented by distance learning, and how it feels to have your work assessed!


Linda LewisLinda Lewis (aka Catherine Howard) has been selling stories to women's magazines for twenty years and makes her living from writing. To date she has sold more than a thousand stories and aims to sell at least one every week. Before turning to fiction, she had dozens of articles published, mainly about tropical fish. These were published in magazines in teh UK, USA and South Africa. For three years, she also had a colun in Writers Forum called Short Story Success. Linda loves to help other writers improve their craft and has written several books on th subject. Her favourtie is entitled 'The Writer's Treasury of Ideas' which she sometimes uses herself to generate ideas for fiction. She ahs run courses and workshop at Swanwick Writers Summer School. Linda started her career by studying with The Writers Bureau. She likes to give feedback to toher writers to help them grow.


Mandy PannettMandy Pannett taught children with special needs for many years but now works freelance as a creative writing tutor for adults.

Her poetry pamphlet ‘The Daedalus Files’ has just been published by SPM Publications. Five poetry collections have been previously published: ‘Bee Purple’ and ‘Frost Hollow’ (Oversteps Books), ‘Allotments in the Orbital’ (Searle Publishing), ‘All the Invisibles’ (SPM Publications), ‘Jongleur in the Courtyard’ (Indigo Dreams Publishing).

A selection of her poems was issued by Integral Contemporary Literature Press with English and Romanian parallel texts. Two novellas have also been published: ‘The Onion Stone’ (Pewter Rose Press) and ‘The Wulf Enigma’ (Circaidy Gregory Press). Mandy was also poetry editor for five years for Sentinel Literary Quarterly and has edited anthologies and poetry collections for them and for Earlyworks Press. She has acted as an adjudicator for national competitions and won prizes and been placed herself in several others.