Anna Mazzola’s debut novel, The Unseeing, was published to much exciement by Tinder Press in July 2016. The novel began life as a short story that she wrote as part of the Creative Writing for Beginners Course with Literary Kitchen in 2012. The Unseeing has won several competitions, including the Brixton Bookjam Debut Novel competition. Anna’s short fiction has also won or been placed in several competitions, and she came runner up in the 2014 Grazia First Chapter competition judged by Sarah Waters.
Anna is currently working on a second novel about the mysterious disappearance of young girls on the Isle of Skye in 1857.
She is also a criminal justice solicitor.
ANDY J LEWIS
Andy J Lewis is a 20 year old writer who was born and lives in London. He writes film and TV articles for the website Screenrant, as well as short stories and poetry. He has published poems in two anthologies, Candlelit Thoughts: A Collection Of Poetry, and Everlasting Love: A Collection Of Poetry.
In 2016 he completed two short courses with Literary Kitchen, including Writer’s Workout. His story ‘The Witch’s House’, developed in Writer’s Workout, was selected for publication in the anthology Writing Local I Thinking Golbal as part of a competition with Hillingdon Literary Festival.
Keen to develop his writing career, he has begun studying Creative Writing BA at the University of Roehampton.
Becky Danks is a reader, creative writer, dog lover and poet. She reviews books for the Contemporary Small Press, a publsihing symposium based at the University of Westminster, and is a judge of flash fiction for the Hysteria Writing Competition. She works as an Executive Assistant at King’s College London and blogs for Time Out London. She was recently shortlisted for the Verve Poetry Festival prize.
Originally from Birmingham she now lives in London. In 2016 she undertook Creative Writing for Beginners. Her short story, The Anniversary, written initially for the course, has won the City University City Writes Short Story Competition 2017. Becky will read at the City Writes: Summer event alongside Luiza Sauma and fellow competition winners Katy Darby and Bren Gosling. Follow Becky on twitter @BeckyD123. website: www.beckydanks.com.
Regina is an actress, and now a writer. Having undertaken the Creative Writing for Beginners course in 2012, she was enthused enough to continue on to the Writers Workout, where she scored a result, with her story ‘Bay and Michelle’, written during the course, being chosen for the August 2012 Liars League event, Law & Order. Hear the story performed here. Regina has subsequently completed the Novel Publication course and has recently completed her novel, An Ordinary Family on the Novel in A Year programme.
The first chapter of Regina’s novel was published in the quarterly literary magazine London Journal of Fiction, Oct 22, 2016.
In 2014, Madeline Ionnadis’s story ‘Lullaby for two Little Boys’, workshopped in Writers Workshop was selected for Wild Violet Literary Magazine. You can read it here. Most recently, a new story ‘Hooked’, has been selected as Editor’s Choice in Red Fez, issue 102. Read it here. Madeline is one of the original cohort of students from the founding days of Literary Kitchen. As well as short stories she is working on a novel.
Rebecca is a former editor, now charity worker in South London. Past endeavours include co-translating 16th-century Italian pornography and returning to university at the drop of a hat. She took Creative Writing for Beginners in Spring 2012, and graduated onto the Writers Workout course, where her story, A Fortnight of Frost, was chosen for the Liars League Angels & Demons event. Hear it performed here.
Ruth took Creative Writing for Beginners in 2011, and Writers Workshop in 2013. Ruth’s story ‘For Gracie’ was shortlisted for the Highlands and Islands Short Story Association Short Story Competition 2012.