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Lesley Cryer is the author of fifteen contemporary novels, two period novels and a humorous book. She’s written for children's TV and the BBC as well as being a regular contributor of short stories and features to national publications. Lesley also has experience of being an editor and writer on several company magazines. She enjoys producing scripts on a wide variety of subjects for independent film and video production companies.


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.


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 Newton 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.


Nicki TaylorNicola Taylor started her writing career over 20 years ago when she joined the Writers Bureau as a student and, after successfully completing the comprehensive course, has been tutoring for us since 1995. She has four non-fiction reference books to her name, in addition to many articles and short stories published in a wide variety of publications. She’s ghost-written a novel and a volume of memoirs, as well as writing and self-publishing her mother’s family history. Nicola has edited a number of travel books, and a personal memoir of medical malpractice for an Australian client and is currently working on a crime novel. She’s also a member of the Society of Authors and the Society for Editors and Proofreaders and in 2007 set up Unbound Press, a small publishing house, selecting, editing and working with authors on fiction and non-fiction books and anthologies, and running writing competitions.


Alex GazzolaAlex Gazzola has been writing professionally since 1996. He is the author of four health books in the field of food allergies and intolerances, and has written for around two hundred magazines and newspapers in twenty countries, mostly in the areas of food, diet, nutrition, health and general lifestyle topics. In the UK, his work has appeared in the ‘Daily Mail’, ‘The Guardian’, ‘The Guardian Weekend’, ‘The Times Educational Supplement’, ‘Reader’s Digest’, ‘Healthy Magazine’, ‘Health & Fitness’, ‘Vegetarian Living’ and ‘Writing Magazine'. He has tutored for the Writers Bureau for over seven years and writes a blog for new writers called Mistakes Writers Make.


Helen YendallHelen Yendall has a BA (Hons) degree in English and German from Leeds University and holds a certificate in Creative Writing from Birmingham University. She has taught Creative Writing for her local adult education college since 2008. She enjoys covering a range of subjects but finds that poetry is especially popular with her students. Helen writes articles on all aspects of writing and is published regularly in ‘Writing Magazine.’ Her short stories also often appear in UK women’s magazines. Helen’s poetry has been published and has won competitions. Her most prestigious prize was the honorary role of ‘Poet Laureate’ for Warwick, in the Midlands, a title which she held from 2006-7. The role involved promoting poetry in the area, writing commissioned poems and giving readings and talks. Helen is often invited to talk about her poetry for social groups and has read her poetry on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire. She enjoys ‘performance poetry’ and her favourite poets include John Donne, Carol Ann Duffy, Shakespeare, Wendy Cope and Billy Collins. Helen blogs at:


Jackie ShermanJackie Sherman has a degree in Zoology from Oxford University and has worked as a careers adviser, administrator and adult education tutor. She has published over 30 books on a wide range of topics including computing, digital cameras, job search, cookery and autobiography. She currently writes a monthly computing column, craft articles and book reviews for the over 50s website As a freelance writer she has written distance learning course materials and contributed articles and letters to a number of specialist magazines and newspapers including ‘Canals & Rivers’, ‘Waterways World’, ‘The Times Educational Supplement’, ‘Writers Forum’, ‘Writing Magazine’, ‘The New Writer' and 'Freelance Market News’. She has also been a distance learning tutor and runs autobiography writing courses. Her latest book – a Kindle ebook – is called: ‘Writing Non-Fiction that Sells’ and is now available at Amazon.


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.

Kelly Lawrence is the author of the bestselling erotic romance ‘Wicked Games’ published by Random House in July 2013. Since writing this she has gone on to secure a six book deal with Harlequin Mills and Boon for a series of historical romances, and has a (Young Adult) novel ‘Unconditional’ which was published in February 2014, as well as two writers’ guides, ‘Passionate Plots’ and ‘Building your Story’ both published by Compass Books. Her first full-length crime novel ‘Sins of the Children’ will be published in late 2014 by Harlequin Carina, under the pseudonym ‘Michelle Kelly’. Before taking up writing in 2012, Kelly was an English and literacy teacher for seven years. She is also (far too) active on Twitter and can contacted there @lotuswriter. 

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.