25 April 2018

Laura Barnett

by Katie Smart

Laura’s first novel, The Versions of Us (2015) was a number-one bestseller, it has been translated into 24 languages, and was shortlisted for Debut of the Year at the British Book Awards. Her second novel, Greatest Hits was published in 2017, with an accompanying soundtrack album by the musician Kathryn Williams. She has taught creative writing for Guardian Masterclasses, delivered a TedX talk on originality in fiction, and worked as a writing mentor for the charity Arts Emergency. She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Writing School. Laura currently mentors members of our alumni and is a tutor for our novel-writing courses in London and online.

‘Laura really raised the bar for what I believe I can achieve with my writing and I left feeling galvanised to finish up my manuscript and get it sent through.’ Daniel Sommerford, six-month novel-writing course

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