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Emma Darwin is an Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing with the Open University, and a senior editor and tutor of both one-day and online courses for Writers’ Workshop

Her debut novel The Mathematics of Love was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Best First Book Award and other prizes, and she is the first writer to achieve a PhD in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths; her thesis consisted of her novel A Secret Alchemy, and a dissertation which explored the practice of writing historical fiction.

Her exploration of creative thinking in the Darwin family has taken her to universities in Spain and Mexico, and she has also lectured on the importance of good writing to historians, and on evolution in the process of writing novels. She loves giving readings, talking to reading groups and writers’ circles, running workshops, and tutoring and mentoring individual writers from beginners to postgraduate level. 

Jill Prewett teaches professional English, cultural awareness and writing skills. She is a journalist for Words with JAM magazine, a Nuance Words collaborator and co-curator of The Woolf. As JJ Marsh, she is also the author of the Beatrice Stubbs European crime series, the first of which, Behind Closed Doors, is out now.

Andrew Lownie
 read history at Magdalene College, Cambridge and went on to gain an MSc at Edinburgh University and spend a year at the College of Law in London.

After a period as a bookseller and journalist, he began his publishing career as the graduate trainee at Hodder & Stoughton.

In 1985 he became an agent at John Farquharson, now part of Curtis Brown, and the following year became the then youngest director in British publishing when he was appointed a director.

Since 1984 he has written and reviewed for a range of newspapers and magazines, including The Times, Spectator and Guardian.

Andrew is an author himself, most notably of a biography of John Buchan and a literary companion to Edinburgh, and is a member of the Association of Authors' Agents and Society of Authors. In 1998 he founded The Biographers Club, a monthly dining society for biographers and those involved in promoting biography, and The Biographers' Club Prize which supports first-time biographers.


Author of three non-fiction books, Undress Me in the Temple of HeavenHypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress, and Kiss My TiaraSusan Jane Gilman has written for New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Ms., Real Simple, Washington City Paper, Us magazine and won a New York Press Association Award for features written on assignment in Poland. Her short stories have been published in Ploughshares, Story, Beloit Fiction Journal, Greensboro Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review and she was awarded VQR's 1999 Literary Award for short fiction. Susan is also a commentator for National Public Radio and co-hosts “Bookmark”, a monthly book show on World Radio Switzerland. 

Joanna [Penn] is the Energiser Bunny of writing, publishing and book marketing”
––Michelle Beck, Orbis-marketing.com

“Brilliant. I came to the session with an idea for a book and not much knowledge on how to go about it. I now have a number of chapter headings and know the ins and outs of editing, publishing and software that can help me write my book. It has also given me ideas for other books too. Thank you.” 
––Ashling Cullen, Feb 2012

“Great presenter, very generous with information, a good balance of “how to” detail and overall strategy and detailed insight of how to create multi media products. A very authentic presenter.” 
––Alasdair Inglis. Wearegrow.com. May 2012

“I was amazed at how much was covered in a couple of hours. And how somehow Joanna managed to give the big picture overview as well as all the nitty gritty tips and recommended links. And above all, she gave me confidence to give it a go!” 
––Patricia van den Akker, Thedesigntrust.co.uk. May 2012 Program


Libby O'Loghlin is a prize-winning short story writer with listings in both the UK and Australia. She has taught scriptwriting at university level and writes regular reviews – wearing her narrative goggles – for UK gaming site, GamePeopleLibby is co-founder of Nuance Words and co-curates The Woolf literary e-zine.

Kelly Jarosz is a published academic writer and award-winning communications consultant. 

Before moving to Switzerland, Kelly specialized in creating clear, engaging informational materials for a variety of audiences. She is co-founder of the Zurich Writers Workshop and is actively working on a novel.