Lesley Eames


Lesley is the author of The Wartime Bookshop series, published by Bantam in hardback and by Penguin in paperback. She has a number of other successful novels to her credit and has also sold many short stories to the magazine market. She has won the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Elizabeth Goudge Cup and the Festival of Romance’s New Talent Award, and has twice been shortlisted in the Romantic Novel Awards (RONAs). Other competition successes include crime writing and children’s fiction.

Creative writing tutoring has been part of Lesley’s life for more than fifteen 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 other writers, whether their goals are simply to increase their enjoyment in their writing or to achieve publication.

Lesley tutors the following courses: Crime Writing, Fiction Writing, Short Story Writing, Polish Your Writing Style, Becoming a Published Writer, Writing for Children and Make the Most of Your Life Experiences. She also gives feedback via the Critiquing Service.

What Our Students Say

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 - 08/01/2019

Writing Magazine’s Short Story course is filled with a tonne of resources and information; paired with the professionalism of Lesley Eames and her wealth of experience, the course becomes a must-have for any writer looking to enter the world of short fiction.

The course walks you through the varies areas you need to become accustomed to if you hope to produce short stories for publication and uses easy to follow information and examples to ensure you understand the material.

Lesley Eames is an excellent tutor who shows patience and support, and gives clear, actionable responses to the work you submit. She helped to boost my confidence in both myself and my writing and has given me the confidence to submit to numerous magazines and even be published.

Of course, to speak about the course is to also speak about the team behind it. The Writing Magazine course team offer punctual communication and always make sure that you’re aware you can message them with any queries or concerns throughout your learning. Furthermore, if you need to take a break during the two years you are given to complete the course, the team are happy to support you and to welcome you back when you’re ready to return.

Thank you to Lesley and the team for providing an amazing course and wonderful experience that has laid the foundation for many short stories to come.

Mary Fletcher - 21/01/2020

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 - 17/07/2019

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 - 27/03/2019

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 - 03/12/2019

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 - 01/05/2019

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