Kirstan Hawkins' first novel, Dona Nicanora's Hat Shop, was published by Random House in 2010. Kirstan graduated from the Certificate in Novel Writing at City, University of London in 2007, and has subsequently taught several guest slots as a visiting lecturer, bringing a unique approach as writer, tutor and alumna. She studied Anthropology at Edinburgh University and has a PhD in Anthropology and International Development from the University of Wales, Swansea.
As well as her creative writing, she also currently works in international development, and has travelled extensively in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Kirstan was previously a lecturer in Anthropology and Development Studies at the University of Swansea, Goldsmith's College and a tutor for the Open University.
Kiare Ladner’s first novel, Nightshift, will be published by Picador in July 2020. A story of obsession set in London’s liminal world of nightshift workers, the book explores ambivalent female friendship, sexual attraction and lives that defy easy categorization.
Her short stories have been published in anthologies, journals, commissioned for radio and shortlisted in competitions, including the BBC National Short Story Award 2018.
Kiare completed The Novel Studio in 2010 (then the Certificate in Novel Writing). She went on to get funding from David Higham towards an MA (Prose Writing) at the University of East Anglia. After that she received funding for a PhD (Creative Writing) at Aberystwyth University. She was given Curtis Brown’s HW Fisher Scholarship in 2018. In addition to writing, she tutors and mentors other writers of all levels.
Rebekah is a prize-winning writer, editor and creative writing teacher. Her novel Home, about a corrupt care home, is published by Red Button Publishing and Glitches, her short story chapbook, is published by Acorn Books.
Rebekah has worked as a creative writing lecturer in several settings for nearly ten years, devising and delivering workshops for City, University of London, Bishopsgate Institute, Emmanuel College Cambridge, Pembroke College Cambridge, the Guardian and the Graham Greene Festival. Passionate about literature, Rebekah’s second novel is currently being considered by agents and she writes a blog reviewing a different novel every week. She is also an assistant at Byte the Book. See http://lattin-rawstrone.com
Emma Claire Sweeney
Emma Claire Sweeney has won Arts Council, Royal Literary Fund and Escalator Awards, and has been shortlisted for several others, including the Asham, Wasafiri and Fish. As well as teaching on the Novel Studio, she also lectures at New York University; co-runs somethingrhymed.com – a website on female literary friendship; and publishes literary journalism in the likes of The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday and The Times.
Owl Song at Dawn, a novel inspired by her autistic sister, was published by Legend Press in 2016.
A Secret Sisterhood – a non-fiction book on the hidden literary friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot and Virginia Woolf, which she co-wrote with her own friend and Novel Studio colleague, Emily Midorikawa, was published in 2017 with Aurum Press in the UK and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the USA.
Course Director - Emily Pedder
Emily Pedder has worked as a writer, developmental editor and creative writing lecturer for over a decade. Her short fiction has been published widely and has won several prizes, including a Commonwealth short story award and a Ruth Rendell short story award.
Emily has an MA in Writing from Sheffield Hallam, where she founded Matter, a literary anthology she edited for four years. She is a firm believer in the importance of mentoring emerging writers and the power of a good edit, and has worked extensively with writers across the UK. Emily course directs the Novel Studio, which she co-founded, as well as heading up the writing short courses at City. More recently she set up an editorial consultancy: https://www.thebookedit.co.uk.