This Is Me
Although I always loved writing, it took me ages to take myself seriously as a writer. Growing up in a single-parent family with money very tight meant my first priorities were figuring out how I could feel more secure with money. I didn't know any writers, or people who worked in those areas. People like journalists felt a million miles away from who I was.
I love travelling and managed to live abroad for a few years teaching English after graduating. Then I got into secondary school teaching. Once my educatino was over, I stopped taking creative writing classes and relegated writing to my journal and a few scribbles here and there.
Over ten years later I was miserable. Ground down by the stresses of teaching, unable to reach the kids in a creative way, bogged down by assessments and exams. I felt a bit lost. So I decided to quite my job and do a Masters in Creative Writing. Not only did I complete a draft of a novel, I also found some role models – normal people like me who were making their mark as writers.
Since then, I've crammed in as much writing as I can. I've run writing workshops for University students, teenagers and adults, and started coaching others to help them live a creative life. I carried on teaching part-time until September 2020 when the combination of turning 40, the pandemic and a sense that life is too short meant I quit my job and started out as a freelancer.
Now, I split my time in a few ways. I'm in the process of negotiating a contract for my first novel, while writing the second draft of a travel memoir. I also write short fiction and articles on writing, feminism and modern living. I run workshops, run feedback and coaching services for other writers and am developing creative writing courses.
I'm most proud of Write By You, a project I set up to finally be able to help out other girls like me at the start of their writing journey. A group of underrepresented girs in North London had workshops with professional writers and will get their work published. We're now a company and will be expanding next year.
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