Emma has appeared at literary festivals from Hay on Wye and Oxford, to Brisbane and Christchurch New Zealand. In 2011 she will be teaching workshops at the York Festival of Writing and Swanwick Writers’ School. 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. With three other writers, Maria McCann, R N Morris and Rose Melikan, she presents Through A Different Lens, a reading and panel discussion of why and how each roots their fiction in history.
As well as being is an Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing with the Open University, Emma is a senior editor and tutor of both one-day and online courses for Writers’ Workshop. 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 doctorate was awarded in 2010, the examiners congratulating her on “a model synthesis of creative and reflexive practice.”
Emma would be happy to discuss what she can offer your course, group or programme of events. Her special interests include:
- getting started with your novel
- self-editing for writers
- historical fiction
- short fiction
- creative writing in the academy
- good writing for academics
- getting published and surviving it
- one-to-one “book doctor” sessions
If you would like discuss the possibilities, please use the Contact form, and she will be in touch as soon as possible.