YOUR CREATIVE WRITING TUTOR
The tutor for the writing courses is Sarah Leigh. Sarah worked in the London Book Publishing industry for 16 years, in both editorial and rights departments (Routledge, William Heinemann, Weidenfeld & Nicholson, Jonathan Cape), ending up as a literary agent at Peters, Fraser & Dunlop representing a wide range of authors from the late, Booker Prize-winning writer Bernice Rubens, to the travel writer Tim Moore, while also handling book deals for prestigious clients from the acting side of the agency such as Richard Curtis, Tony Hawks and Robert Llewellyn. She gave this up to move back to her native Cheshire and become a full-time mother to two (now teenage) boys. Sarah splits her time between working on her own writing and being a creative writing tutor.
Sarah completed the M.A. in Creative Writing at Manchester University in 2011, studying under Martin Amis and Maria Hyland. She was also invited to join Salford University's Creative Writing M.A. for a term as part of her prize for winning the Write North-West competition in 2012 (published by Erbacce Press) for her short story, Dare. She studied creative writing teaching at Manchester Metropolitan University, gaining a distinction in their 'Enabling New Writing' course in 2013.
Sarah's stories have appeared in the Cheshire Prize 2012 anthology Lost & Found, London Magazine, The Manchester Anthology, and her short memoir, First Kiss, appeared in the Fish Prize Anthology 2016. Her memoir, Broken Ghosts, received a special mention at the inaugural Life Writing Prize, Spread the Word, judged by Blake Morrison in 2017. Sarah is currently writing a work of fiction for 8-12 year olds. She has undertaken many primary school fiction workshops, and has been running a memoir writing class for the past three years in her home town of Knutsford. She likes to take inspiration from the fact that she is living just four doors down from Elizabeth Gaskell's childhood home. When not writing she can be found either playing the piano, reading, or meandering past the posh Italienate houses on Knutsford's Legh Road on her bicycle, imagining other possible lives.