As a writer Lesley has sold more than 80 short stories and is contracted to Aria Fiction for four novels, the first of which - The Silver Ladies of London – will be published in July 2018. She has won the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Elizabeth Goudge Cup and the Festival of Romance’s New Talent Award. She has also been successful in competitions across a range of genres, including crime writing and children’s fiction.
Creative writing tutoring has been part of Lesley’s life for more than ten years. In addition to bringing her own writing experiences to the tutoring role, Lesley also draws on skills developed in her previous careers. As a solicitor Lesley learned precision and clarity. As a Marketing and Fundraising Development Manager for a charity she honed the skills of persuasiveness and emotional messaging.
Lesley loves to help others writers, whether their goals are simply to increase their enjoyment in their writing or, like student Kerena Swan, whose psychological suspense novel, Dying to See You, was published by Bloodhound Books in 2018, to achieve publication.
Lesley tutors the following courses: Polish Your Writing Style, Make the Most of Your Life Experiences, Short Story Writing, Fiction Writing
Just wanted to say thanks so much to Lesley for her very encouraging feedback on my first assignment. It was fantastic to receive her comments, and they have given me a much-needed confidence boost (not to mention motivation)!Julie Smith, Cheshire - 03/03/2016
Extremely precise and helpful feedback from Lesley, as always – and a super-quick turnaround time! Thanks for getting back to me so quickly each time. When trying to fit writing in around work and extended family commitments, it really helps.Andrew Preskey, Isle of Wight - 13/04/2016
Thank you so much! I just wanted to say a very big thank you to you and the team for all of your support over the course as well as Lesley for all of her advice and kind words.
The short story course has been invaluable, I've learnt so much and will continue to use the course pack and assignment comments as resources. I will definitely be looking at the course extension, and the other courses available, again in the future.Mary Lou Fletcher, Stoke-on-Trent - 12/01/2017
I am very impressed with the feedback from Lesley. It is very constructive and informative and I’m sure it will benefit me in my writing. I am looking forward to submitting my next assignment soon.
I just want to say I am enjoying this course enormously. I feel like a teenager who has finally been allowed to drive the car instead of being a passenger and can dictate where she is going. It is such a sense of freedom.Kerena Swan, Milton Keynes - 31/01/2017
Wow! That was superfast. I hadn't expected a reply from the tutor until next week sometime at the very earliest. Reading Lesley's letter of welcome, her enthusiasm seems to radiate and must be contagious because I find myself wanting to just leave work early, go back to my hotel room and start to write. I won't of course because I have a mortgage and I doubt my company would be as excited about my writing as I seem to be today. I best stay in the office until 5.00pm. I have a number of story ideas I have been making notes about lately so I will mull them over in the hotel tonight and choose one to get started on.Tony Stamp, Hartlepool - 31/05/2017