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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.

Lorraine MaceLorraine Mace has been the humour columnist for Writing Magazine (UK) since 2009. She is the head judge for the Writers’ Forum short story competitions and writes the monthly ‘Competition Round Up’ and ‘Fiction Workshop’ columns for the magazine. Her work (fiction and non-fiction) has been published in national publications in the UK, USA, France, Australia and the Republic of Ireland, as well as in numerous ezines.

She has won and been placed in international writing and poetry competitions.

Under her own name, Lorraine writes both non-fiction books and novels for children. She is the author of Vlad the Inhaler and Vlad’s Quest (ages 8-12) and is co-author of The Writer’s ABC Checklist (Accent Press, January 2010).

Writing as Frances di Plino, she is the author of the D.I. Paolo Storey crime series (Bad Moon Rising, Someday Never Comes, Call it Pretending and Looking for a Reason) all published by Crooked Cat Publishing. She is a member of the Society of Authors, the Crime Writers Association and the Freelance Writers Association.

With her broad range of writing interests and success in diverse fields, Lorraine tutors in both fiction and non-fiction for the Writers Bureau.


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. He currently runs his own literary agency at

Approximately five years ago, 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.


Karen KingKaren King is the author of over one hundred children’s books, children’s comics, short stories for women’s magazines and a romance novella. As well as tutoring for The Writers Bureau, she’s also a contributing author to the 'Writing for Children' course and 'Write for Profit using the Internet' course. Karen runs writing workshops for adults and enjoys working with children in schools. She was a lecturer on the MA Professional Writing course and the BA Illustration course at University College Falmouth for many years and has tutored for The Open College of Arts, Oxford Open Learning and ICS. She has a Certificate in Education and is currently studying for a degree with the Open University. She is a member of the Society of Authors, the National Association of Writers in Education, the Institute for Learning and the Scattered Authors Society.


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!


Colin Bulman has worked as a lecturer in English and Literature, Media and Creative Writing. Since going freelance he has written articles for educational magazines, general interest publications for women and children and also local and national newspapers. In the past he has written stories for children, story scripts for comics and the script for an advertising film. Specialising in educational publishing, he has written three textbooks on English subjects and contributed to one on media studies. He has reviewed books regularly for educational and literary magazines and his latest book, ‘Creative Writing: a Guide and Glossary to Fiction Writing’ (Polity), was inspired by his own experience teaching creative writing. He is presently working on a non-fiction book.


Jackie CoshJackie Cosh is a graduate in Business Economics with Marketing and has a Postgraduate Diploma in Operational Research. After completing her university education she went travelling for a year. On her return she worked in a variety of jobs, mostly in financial services and advertising, while at the same time pursuing a career in writing. When her first child was born in 2002, this was the push she needed to give up her job, work from home and write full time. Today she mostly covers education and health, regularly writing for the ‘Times Educational Supplement Scotland,’ and several of the Royal College of Nursing publications, as well as other health and education publications. She has also written for ‘The Times’, ‘The Guardian’ and ‘The Daily Mail’, as well as writing for both the British Council and UNESCO. Her first book, ‘Alzheimers: The Essential Guide’, was published in 2009; her second, ‘Grammar Made Easy’, came out in 2011 and she is currently working on a Scottish history book. Jackie lists her hobbies and interests as: British and European History; travelling; going to the theatre; jogging and hula hooping.


Margaret GleaveMargaret Gleave has a degree in Classics from Leicester University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. She has taught English, Latin and Music. She has published her poetry in magazines, anthologies and her own collections. Her poems have also been broadcast on BBC Radio Merseyside. She adjudicates many poetry competitions and has herself won many poetry awards both here in the UK and in the USA.


Stephen Beattie, born Lincolnshire 1957, has had a wide range of work experiences from trainee engineer on a deep sea trawler, factory hand and public service. He began his writing career in 2004 after completing a creative writing course at his local college. His work has been published in poetry magazines in both the UK and USA and has been broadcast on local and national radio. He has had success in number of national poetry competitions and his work has been included in several anthologies. His first collection, 'Treading The Helix', was published by Indigo Dreams Publishing in 2011, his second collection, 'Between The Lines', also published by Indigo Dreams was released in September 2014. He is the co-founder of the Southport Fringe Writers and Poets and hosts their regular workshops. He gives regular reading of his work to various groups and is a supporter of local open mic nights.


Sheila Bugler

Sheila Bugler is a crime fiction writer and author of the highly acclaimed Ellen Kelly series of crime novels. When she’s not writing fiction, she runs writing workshops, works as a speech writer and helps organisations come up with compelling stories that engage their employees and customers. An avid fan of crime fiction, she reviews crime novels for the review site Crimesquad and is an active member of the Crime Writers Association. Early in her writing career, she was lucky enough to win a year’s mentoring with a well-known crime writer. This experience taught her a lot and she now mentors aspiring writers through the WoMentoring Project and her own website. For several years, she was the Synopsis Doctor for the writing magazine Words with Jam, helping authors prepare their synopses and cover letters for submission to agents and publishers. Sheila enjoys working with up-and-coming authors, sharing her knowledge and helping them become the best writers they can be.