I'm a writing teacher, book coach, editor, and author with substantial experience in editing and book development and a Masters in English Literature from the University of Oxford. I run The Writers' Greenhouse, offering courses and workshops on creative writing in Oxford.
As a non-fiction book coach and editor, I've helped over 30 experts all over the world create their books, in the fields of business coaching, personal development, fiction, and academic monographs. I specialise in helping you make your expertise accessible to the layperson. The topics I've worked on cover a huge range of subjects, including entrepreneurship, marketing, creativity in business, branding, sales, business management, property, sustainability, decision making, time management, personal development – even medieval chivalry and Foucauldian architecture. I also have interests in psychology, physics, computing, philosophy, and art.
As a fiction coach and creative writing teacher, I've taught a range of regular courses and workshops since 2010, to consistently excellent reviews. Working one to one, I've also done developmental critiques and editing for novels that have gone on to receive awards and critical acclaim.
As an author, I’ve ghostwritten seven novels and pseudonymously published a novel, novellas, and short stories. Under my own name, I've published fiction, poetry, and articles in journals, magazines, and anthologies, and presented at conventions, conferences, and book fairs.
I have a Masters in English Literature from the University of Oxford, UK (where I now live) and a First in English Literature from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, where I grew up.
writing people doing what they love best helping people new ideas
I started reading at age 3 and have barely stopped since, except to sleep. (You can read while you eat.) I've written since I learnt to grasp a pencil. I live and breathe books; I dream and think in written words. Writing, in short, is my thing.
I passionately believe that the world is big enough, and people are various enough, for everyone to make a living doing what they love best. That everyone has their thing and there are micro-niches enough to go around. I love working with people who share this view and are making a life out of their thing.
I am voraciously hungry for ideas and information. One day, I realised that if I wanted to write whole worlds, suddenly everything in the world was fascinating and useful. Every micro-niche, every job, is a microcosm world and I want to get inside it, unpick it, understand it. This is the best part of helping experts write their books, for me: I'm the ultimate reader's advocate, because I really want to discover your expertise.