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Cynan Jones and Vanessa Gebbie developed Writing Mill as a platform for their tutoring and mentorship experience. An opportunity to work with these award-winning authors.

Photo credit: Claire McNamee

Vanessa Gebbie is the author of ten diverse books including one novel, five collections of short fiction and two poetry collections. She has won awards for fiction, non fiction and poetry. Her latest publication is Nothing to Worry About, from Flash International Short Short Story Press, at Chester University. She is contributing editor of Short Circuit: Guide to the Art of the Short Story (Salt Publishing, editions i and ii),  and her work has been commissioned by BBC Radio, for anthologies, and is translated into several languages. 

She is an experienced teacher, facilitator and mentor, and often supports the writers studying on the Curtis Brown Creative short story course. Her work has been supported by an Arts Council Grant for the Arts, by residencies at Gladstone’s Library in the UK and Anam Cara Writers and Artists’ Retreat in Ireland, and by a Hawthornden Fellowship. She is a trustee of New Writing South. 

Her book, 51 and a Half - games, ideas and provocations arising from the inspired Grist evenings - is now available from Ad Hoc fiction.

"This book is a ‘must get’ for every writer who’s got stuck, wants to kickstart their inner creativity and have fun doing it." ~ Rosie Mowatt, (Grister!)

Cynan Jones is a multi-award-winning fiction writer published in over twenty countries. He has written a number of novels, and his short stories have appeared in a variety of anthologies and magazines including Granta, Freeman's and the New Yorker. He also wrote Three Tales for children and a screenplay for the crime drama Hinterland. His most recent work, Stillicide, is a set of twelve stories originally commissioned by BBC Radio 4. Cynan has worked extensively as a tutor with the Arvon Foundation and Literature Wales and designed and presents Curtis Brown Creative’s Writing Short Stories course. In 2019, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and for a number of years was the RLF Writing Fellow at Aberystwyth University.

David Lloyd spent 37 years as a copywriter and policy wonk for various organisations including the BBC. He’s currently developing his own writing through a novel and stories and also convenes a monthly writing workshop. 

David works with Vanessa Gebbie and Cynan Jones to make Writing Mill's writing courses accessible and effective to writers of any level.
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