Tutors - The Literary Consultancy


All staff members and guests will be chosen on the grounds that they are not only excellent writers and tutors – but that they will contribute positively to a community atmosphere and are genuinely interested in helping facilitate a constructive and stimulating environment for participants.

Ring for more information on 020 7324 2563 or email info@literaryconsultancy.co.uk

We can guarantee that we will be as choosy about the teams we take on our Literary Adventures as we are when it comes to picking readers for our core editorial services for writers (see our TLC Readers page)


Jacob Ross (2016)

Jacob RossNovelist, creative writing tutor, Associate Fiction Editor at Peepal Tree Press. Editor of the groundbreaking collection, CLOSURE.

Jacob Ross was born in Grenada, and has lived in Britain since 1984. He is a poet, playwright, journalist, editor, novelist and a tutor of Narrative Craft. He is the author of acclaimed short story collections Song for Simone (1986) and A Way to Catch the Dust (1999); co-editor with Joan Anim-Addo of Voice, Memory, Ashes (1998); co-author with Kwesi Owusu of Behind the Masquerade: The Story of Notting Hill Carnival (1986); Ridin’ n Risin  and Turf –  Anthologies of Short Stories with Andrea Enisuoh and editor of the Guardian Best Books-selected collection of Black British short stories, Closure (2015) with Peepal Tree Press, where he is Associate Fiction Editor.

Hailed as ‘a writer of formidable technical range and emotional depth’, Ross’s work has been critically acclaimed internationally. He currently lectures in creative writing and international literature in England and abroad. In 2006 Jacob Ross was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was one of the judges of the V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize in 2008 and the Tom-Gallon Award in 2009. His first novel, Pynter Bender, was published in 2008, and his current novel in progress, The Village Above the Wind, won an Arts Council England Award.

Shelley Weiner (2015)

Shelley WeinerAcclaimed novelist, short-story writer and journalist with a reputation. An inspirational creative writing tutor and nurturer of new talent.

Shelley Weiner is an acclaimed novelist and creative writing tutor with many years’ experience nurturing new talent. Shelley has run masterclasses for the Guardian, Faber Academy, Peirene Press and Skyros Writers’ Lab, and has lectured on the Creative Writing MA at Anglia Ruskin University, as well as for Birkbeck College, the Open University, the Taliesin Trust, the British Council in Israel, and Durham University. She has also led workshops at Writers’ Centre Norwich and the Cheltenham Literary Festival. Her own creative work includes the novels The Audacious Mendacity of Lily Green, Arnost, The Joker, and The Last Honeymoon, and the creative writing guides, commissioned by The Guardian, Writing Your First Novel and Writing Short Stories. Her short stories have appeared in anthologies including Winter’s Tales, The Slow Mirror, Valentine’s Day, Mordecai’s First Brush With Love, and on BBC Radio 4. Shelley served as the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Middlesex University and the University of Westminster, followed by her appointment as an Advisory Fellow.

Rebecca Abrams (2014)

RebeccaAbrams2Award-winning novelist, creative writing tutor and essayist. Inspiring the best writing across fiction and non-fiction.

Rebecca Abrams is the author of both fiction and non-fiction. Her non-fiction titles include When Parents Die, a classic in its field, and Three Shoes, One Sock and No Hairbrush, the best-selling guide to having a second child. Her novel, Touching Distance, was shortlisted for the McKitterick Prize and won the Medical Journalists’ Association Open Book Award (2009). An award-winning journalist, Rebecca is a former columnist on the Daily Telegraph and a long-standing reviewer for the Guardian. Born in 1963, she has lived in America and Switzerland and now lives in Oxford with her husband and two children.

Rebecca Swift (Guest Tutor, Literary Adventures)

rebecca-swiftDirector of The Literary Consultancy, author and facilitator. Shortlisted for the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize.

Rebecca Swift worked at Virago Press where she first conceived of the idea for TLC which she co-founded with Hannah Griffiths in 1996. She has appeared at numerous literary festivals representing TLC and exploring the relationship between writers and the publishing industry. In addition she has taught poetry and life writing. Her own poetry has been published in Virago New Poets, Vintage New Writing 6, and Driftwood; and she has written an opera libretto for Spirit Child, composed by Jenni Roditi, commissioned by the Lontano Ensemble and Arts Council. She has written and reviewed for the Independent and Guardian as well as edited Letters from Margaret, a volume of letters between Bernard Shaw and Margaret Wheeler and Imagining Characters, a book of conversations between A.S.Byatt and Ignês Sodré, both for Chatto & Windus. A biography of Emily Dickinson is forthcoming in 2010 with Hesperus Press.