This month we were a smaller-than-usual and very friendly bunch of Group 2012 members who sat and drank wine and learned new things at Blackwell’s. Cherry Mosteshar of The Oxford Editors led a short but informative workshop on Point of View, with a demanding and enlightening exercise and a lively discussion to follow.
Then Zool Verjee of Blackwell’s gave a brief talk about booksellers’ attitudes to self-published work: they are more open minded than I’d thought, but you have to approach them in the right way and offer them a well written and beautifully presented product.
Finally Zool told us about his favourite book of the moment: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. It sounds like a worthy successor to Half of a Yellow Sun.
A very enjoyable, useful meeting. If you did, we’re sorry you missed it. Do make a note in your diary to reserve 7-9 on the last Wednesday of March.
Barbara Lorna Hudson
The March meeting will be a feedback session at Blackwell’s Bookshop again. Usual time of 7-9.
The April meeting will be on April 29th at Blackwell’s Bookshop from 7-9pm when Ali Shaw, award-winning author and great friend of Group 2012, will lead a workshop that will emind us of our relationship as writers with pen and paper. There may be crayons.
I started The Oxford Editors in 2007 to help writers at every stage and in every genre. We have a strong academic tradition as well as working with writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. We also help children's writers, playwrights, screen writers and business writers.
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I am an award-winning writer and editor working on academic, non-fiction and fiction manuscripts. I regularly work with fiction and children’s writers as well as doctoral students. I have also edited books and papers for academics throughout the world, and for many authors at publishers including Oxford University Press, Harvard University Press and Yale University Press. I have also guided many writers of fiction to publishing success. I am an author, ghost writer and an international journalist. After the publication of my book, Unveiled: Love and Death Among the Ayatollahs, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei condemned me as ‘a notorious man-hater’ for the book’s strong attack on the violation of women’s rights in Iran.
I also work with writers as a mentor and I have guided authors of fiction, non-fiction and academic works. My latest book, a crime thriller, will be published soon.
I worked for many years at The Financial Times, The Independent and The Guardian and has been a regular contributor to The Economist. I have also written for The Washington Post, The New York Times, The South China Morning Post and many other newspapers and magazines worldwide. I have appeared on the BBC – including Radio 4’s the Today programme and on Newsnight.
I have edited several major academic studies, and also edited books by professors at Oxford and Harvard – among others. As well as writing fiction for adults and children. I have also written several screenplays.
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