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Apprenticeships in Fiction



The fourth year of the scheme covered commercial women’s fiction, crime, and fiction for young adults:


When a fatal car crash robs rock chick Domino St Jacques of her mother, all she has to remember her by is a bone amulet and the name of the man that just might be her father...  Wildcat is a blockbuster of a novel, set in the glamorous and tawdry world of international celebrity.

Alison Belsham is a copywriter from West London.    


The Vagabond Stage tells the story of unworldly young Timony, the new apprentice in Makaydees Roaming Theatre who has been unwittingly hired to play the female roles. As he embarks on a journey through the Elizabethan underworld, he soon discovers that there are worse things in life than parading in facepaint and a dress.

Kelly Cowley studied at Dartington College of Arts. She currently works at the Grosvenor Museum in Cheshire.              


In two weeks, Sam will be seventeen, she will have left school and she will also be a murderer. In Family Snap, Sam has got it all worked out and she’s counting down the days. Four years ago, her sister was attacked and left brain-damaged. Now, it is time for revenge. 

Former probation officer turned crime writer, Ruth Dugdall has already won several awards for her writing including the CWA Debut Dagger. She lives in Suffolk. 


Hiding out in a dilapidated caravan site in Northumberland, twelve year old Ryan and his family are already in enough trouble when he unearths an ancient box containing a mummified hand. With loan sharks hot in pursuit, will the mysterious Hand of Glorie prove to be a help or a hindrance?

Noreen Rees, who lives in Whitley Bay, is an award-winning playwright and the author of two children’s picture books.


In Lookeylikey, a shy convent girl who looks uncannily like an up and coming actress finds work as her lookalike, but once she steps into the starlet’s shoes and starts acting out her life she finds that there are deadly repercussions.

Emma Seaman is an award-winning short story writer, who has been published in six anthologies, including four from Legend Press. She lives in Cornwall.


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A one-year professional development programme


The Sacrificial Man

Working with Laura Wilson was an amazing opportunity, which helped me develop as a writer immensely. She helped me to identify the central themes of my novel and to understand where I fit within the market. I feel very privileged.

Ruth Dugdall