2019 Tutors


We work with a variety of tutors but each of them is of a high calibre,  qualified as tutors and published authors or poets. Our aim is to offer you access to high quality, talented writers who will a nurture you and provide a positive teaching experience. It is important that all writers leave feeling encouraged, supported and inspired.

Pippa Goodhart

Saturday, 23rd March 2019

Everything you need to know about writing for children

Pippa Goodhart Author Childrens books

Pippa began her children’s book career as a bookseller at Heffers Children’s Bookshop, then became an advisor to children’s publishing editors before beginning to write books herself.  She’s now had well over a hundred titles published, some of them award-winning.  They range from picture books such as the million-plus selling and award-winning ‘You Choose’ books illustrated by Nick Sharratt, through early reader books such as the ‘Winnie the Witch’ storybooks (written under the fake name of Laura Owen) to historical novels for 8-12 year olds such as Northern Book Award shortlisted ‘Raven Boy’. 

Pippa teaches courses in children’s book writing, and provides manuscript critiques, via Jericho Writers, and also teaches at Cambridge University’s Institute for Continued Education.   She also does lots of school visits.

When not doing book-related things, Pippa is busy with family and village life … including appearing as an extra in the ITV murder mystery series ‘Grantchester’!

Pippa’s website can be found here.

Rosemary Hayes

Saturday, 23rd March 2019

Everything you need to know about writing for children

Rosemary Hayes, Children's Book Writer, Author

Rosemary’s first novel for children, Race Against Time (Penguin) won a national award. Since then she has written over forty books for children in a variety of genres but she particularly enjoys writing both contemporary and historical fiction for young adults.  Forgotten Footprints and The Blue Eyed Aborigine are among her recent historical novels and The Mark, Taken, Loose Connections and Payback are stories set in the here and now.  She is currently working on a fantasy trilogy for a 9+  readership.

Rosemary worked for Cambridge University Press and then for some years ran her own company, Anglia Young Books, which produced curriculum related historical stories for primary schools.

Now, as well as writing for children, she also runs creative writing courses for adults.  She is Patron of Reading at Saffron Walden County High School.


Gillian McClure

Saturday, 23rd March 2019

Everything you need to know about writing for children

Gillian McClure Author, Children's books

Gillian McClure’s first picture book was published by Andre Deutsch in 1974. Since then she has been published by many UK and overseas publishers and for six years ran her own publishing company, Plaister Press. Several of her books have been short-listed for awards; one was highly commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal and another, Selkie, won the US Parent’s Guide to Children’s Media Award for Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Books.

Gillian has served on the CWIG committee, and the PLR Advisory committee, been a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Kent and Essex Universities, and a judge and mentor for Escalator, New Writing Partnerships.

 Two of her books have been Recommended Books on the National Curriculum and others she uses in the workshops she gives to children and student teachers.

 Gillian has seen great changes in the publishing industry since the 1970s but she has never lost her delight in writing and illustrating beautiful books for children.

Gillian’s website can be found here

Sophie Hannah

Saturday, 30th March 2019

Dream Author

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Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling writer of psychological crime fiction, published in forty-nine languages and fifty-one territories.

In 2014, with the blessing of Agatha Christie’s family and estate, Hannah published a new Poirot novel, The Monogram Murders, which was a top five bestseller in more than fifteen countries. She has since published two more Poirot novels, Closed Casket and The Mystery of Three Quarters, both of which were instant Sunday Times Top Ten bestsellers.

In 2013, her novel The Carrier won the Crime Thriller of the Year Award at the Specsavers National Book Awards.  She has also published two short story collections and five collections of poetry – the fifth of which, Pessimism for Beginners, was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Award. Her poetry is studied at GCSE, A Level and degree level across the UK.

Most recently, Sophie has published a self-help book called How to Hold a Grudge: From Resentment to Contentment – The Power of Grudges to Transform Your Life

She lives with her husband, children and dog in Cambridge, where she is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College.


Alison Bruce

Saturday, 6th April 2019

The Five Act Structure and Writing A Synopsis

Sunday, 5th May 2019

Plotting The Plot

Saturday, 15th June 2019

Do Your Characters Have a Pulse

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Alison Bruce is the author of eight crime novels and two non-fiction titles. Her first novel, Cambridge Blue (2008), was described by Publishers Weekly as an ‘assured debut’ and introduced both detective, DC Gary Goodhew, and her trademark Cambridge setting. She went on to complete the DC Goodhew series with a further six novels before writing the psychological thriller I Did It for Us.

Her work has attracted both critical acclaim and a loyal readership. In 2013 and 2016 Alison was short-listed for the Crime Writers’ Association Dagger in the Library Award.

The other books in the DC Goodhew series are The Siren (2010), The Calling (2011), The Silence (2012), The Backs (2013), The Promise (2016) and Cambridge Black (2017). Other works include, Cambridgeshire Murders (2005), Billington, Victorian Executioner (2009), the short story, Fest Fatale, published in the Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 9, (2012), A Time to Seek, published in the Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 11, (2014), and Death of the Author published in Bodies in the Bookshop (2015).

Alison is a proud supporter of local libraries and is the patron of Lakenheath Library in Suffolk and in 2016 a selection of her short stories helped to launch Suffolk Libraries’ Suffolk Writes initiative. Alison has taught creative writing and is a former Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.


‘Her plots are deceptively simple, yet describe the frailties of the human heart with a rare skill’ – The Daily Mail

‘It’s all orchestrated (from opening adagio to allegro finale) with authority’ – The Independent

‘As always, Bruce produces a rewarding read, unspoilt by excessive violence’ – The Times

‘Bruce's superior prose elevates this above many other contemporary British police procedurals.’ – Publishers Weekly

Tim Hayward

Saturday, 18th May 2019

Consider The Larder

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Tim Hayward is a writer, broadcaster, restaurateur and unrepentant food geek. He writes a column and criticises restaurants for the Financial Times and his features have appeared in the FT, Guardian, Observer Food Monthly, Delicious, Olive, Waitrose Food Illustrated and Saveur, amongst others. 

He is also a regular presenter on The Food Programme and a panellist on The Kitchen Cabinet, both broadcast on BBC Radio 4

He is the Guild of Food Writers Food Journalist of the Year 2015 and was the Fortnum and Mason Food writer of the Year for 2014 and has also held their awards for Best Food Broadcast and Best Food Magazine for Fire & Knives quarterly which he edited and published

Tim’s first book, Food DIY is a handbook of smoking, curing, preserving, baking and other manly pursuits was published in July 2013. His second The DIY Cook takes a deconstructive and nerdy approach to culinary classics.

Tim is proprietor of Fitzbillies, a ninety-year-old bakery and restaurant in Cambridge


Derek Niemann

Saturday, 27th July 2019

Creating Time and Place

Derek Niemann

A nature writer by background, Derek Niemann is a country diary columnist for The Guardian and the editor of a magazine for the owners of small woodlands. He has published three books of non-fiction – Birds in a Cage, a true story of POWs who kept their sanity through birdwatching; A Nazi in the Family, written after he made the shocking discovery that his grandfather was an SS officer involved in the Holocaust; and A Tale of Trees, revealing the dramatic story of Britain’s ancient woodland. He is also the author of several wildlife books and stories for children.

Sue Burge

Saturday, 10th August 2019

Jump Start Your Muse!

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Sue Burge taught at the University of East Anglia for over twenty years and is now a freelance creative writing and film studies lecturer based in North Norfolk.  Her short stories and poems have been published in a wide range of journals and magazines including Mslexia, The North, Lighthouse, Under The Radar, Magma, The Interpreter's House, Orbis etc Her pamphlet of poems inspired by French cinema, Lumière, is due out in November with Hedgehog Press and her full collection In the Kingdom of Shadows will be published in October with Live Canon. 

For more information see www.sueburge.uk

Elizabeth Speller

Friday, 30th August 2019

Writing Short Fiction

Saturday, 31st August 2019

Every Memoir Is Also A Story – Memoir Writing Day

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Elizabeth Speller is the author of three novels, The Return of Captain John Emmett (Orange Book of the Month and Richard & Judy Book Club Choice); The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton; and  At Break of Day (New York State One Read 2015), all published by Virago. Her non-fiction includes Following Hadrian (Hodder/OUP) and a memoir, The Sunlight on the Garden (Granta), Rights to her work have been sold to eight countries and TV rights to ITV.  

Journalism includes The Independent, the Financial Times, the TLS, and Vogue, and she provided the libretto for Michael Berkeley's choral work Farewell, commissioned by Sir Paul McCartney in memory of his wife Linda.  She is an award-winning poet and was short-listed for the Forward Prize for Poetry in 2009.

Elizabeth Speller holds an MA and MPhil in Classics from Cambridge and was, subsequently, a Visiting Scholar at Lucy Cavendish College. She has taught in Classics at Cambridge, Bristol and Birmingham Universities and was Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Warwick. She is currently completing her fourth novel for Virago.

Julia Webb

Saturday, 7th September 2019

Liberating the Past (Poetry)

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Julia Webb graduated from UEA's poetry MA in 2010. She lives in Norwich where she works for Gatehouse Press, is a poetry editor for Lighthouse and teaches creative writing. Her first collection Bird Sisters was published by Nine Arches Press in 2016.  Her second collection Threat is published in by Nine Arches in May 2019her poem 'We is in the bank" won the 2018 Battered Moons poetry competition.

To find out more: http://juliawebb.org/ She blogs at: http://visual-poetics.blogspot.co.uk/ and tweets: @Julwe1

Cheryl Moskowitz


Friday 4th & Sunday 6th October 2019

‘Who shall I be today?’ Reinventing the self on the page.


Cheryl Moskowitz is an award-winning poet, novelist, performer and writing facilitator. She writes for children and adults and works in a wide variety of arts, therapeutic and community settings. Publications include the novel, Wyoming Trail (Granta), poetry collection The Girl is Smiling (Circle Time Press) and poetry for children Can It Be About Me? (Frances Lincoln Books). 

French philosopher and historian, Michael Foucault famously said:

‘I don't feel that it is necessary to know exactly what I am. The main interest in life and work is to become someone else that you were not in the beginning’.

Over the course of this weekend we will be asking the question, ‘Who is the ‘I’ when we write?’ and ‘Can we become someone different, know ourselves differently, transform ourselves or occupy a new place in the world through our writing?’

Guests will arrive on Friday 4th in time for dinner and depart after lunch on Sunday 6th. All home-cooked meals, breakfast lunch and dinner, are included. Numbers are limited to six guests. The beautiful Bothy, three single-occupancy rooms and a shared room for two are available. The Cambridge Writing Retreat is a beautiful early Victorian Farmhouse, set in three acres of stunning, peaceful gardens.

Cost: £290 per person. Early bird discount of £240 for bookings before 1st September. To book this course please contact Gaynor directly.

Emma Sweeney

Saturday, 19th October 2019

What Does ‘Show Not Tell’ Actually Mean?

Saturday, 23rd November 2019

What Do I Do Now I’ve Finished My Draft


Emma Claire Sweeney, co-founder of City University’s Novel Studio, has won Society of Authors, Arts Council and Royal Literary Fund awards, and has written for the likes of The Paris Review, TIME, and The Washington Post.

Emma was named as both an Amazon Rising Star and a Hive Rising Writer for her debut novel, Owl Song at Dawn (Legend, 2016). Inspired by Emma's sister who has cerebral palsy and autism, it went on to win Nudge Literary Book of the Year. 

Stemming from Something Rhymed, the website on female literary friendship that Emma runs with her own friend (and fellow Missé writer) Emily Midorikawa, Emma and Emily co-wrote their debut non-fiction book, A Secret Sisterhood: The literary friendships of Austen, Brontë, Eliot and Woolf (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017). In her foreword, Margaret Atwood described the work as a great ‘service to literary history’ and The Financial Times called it ‘an exceptional act of literary espionage’

Jonathan Ruppin

Saturday, 23rd November 2019

What Do I Do Now I’ve finished My Draft

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Jonathan Ruppin has worked in the UK book trade for 24 years, including 13 years at London's most famous bookshop, Foyles. He founded The Ruppin Agency in 2017 – handling literary and commercial fiction and serious non-fiction – with a focus on promoting writers from underrepresented communities. He has judged numerous literary awards, including the Costa Novel Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and Desmond Elliott Award. He has interviewed hundreds of authors in print and on stage, and his journalism encompasses television, radio and print.