A selection of satisfied writers I have taught, or whose work I have critiqued or edited.


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"I'd just like to say a huge 'thank you' to you Diane. You have been patient, supportive and immensely helpful to me and I shall always be grateful…the prospect of carrying on without you is quite daunting. L. Turney, Nailsea.  ***Congratulations to Lesley, who now has a two-book deal with Pan Macmillan for her first novel.***

"I wish to thank you for the part that you have played in my winning the 2006 Writers' Bureau Short Story Competition. I am so thrilled at having my story published. I still cannot believe it! …Due to your constructive criticism, my short stories are no longer merely incidents without a defined beginning, middle, and end. I have much more confidence in my writing due to your guidance, so thank you once again." R. Wilson, Ballyclare

"…Your comments really helped me to start to see where I was going wrong, and have enabled me to move forward. And, I was a runner up in the school's Writer of the Year Award. Thank you!…P. Loftus, Ireland

"I re-worked my short story as per your comments and submitted it to the 'People's Friend'. It was accepted and…they want more stories from me! I am chuffed to bits and it is all down to your advice. Thank you very, very much. C Westhead

"I can always say that without your help, I would never have got into print at all. But I have achieved that aim, even if I never get another story printed…" D. Faulkner, Northampton

"...thank you for your time marking my work, it's been an education in itself to have such intelligent and constructive criticism, and it's been a great confidence boost..." C Long.

"Your criticism showed me immediately the faults in my composition and at the risk of sounding terminally sycophantic, your précis of the structure of fiction switched on a light that my degree did not. S Drennan, Oxford

"…I would like to say how much I've valued your guidance. It was far ahead of what I'd hoped for…" T Harper, Coventry

"I've found you to be such a good and perceptive reader…and I don't mean someone who says everything is great, for you do not…Thank you again for such a thorough and helpful reading. I could recommend you to anybody and have already recommended you to my writers' group." C Moore, Norfolk

"I would also like to…thank you for your invaluable help with this project…your help and guidance has been much appreciated, and it has been a pleasure to work on the book with the help of somebody who really knows what they're talking about. Thank you." E. Tofi, Wadebridge

"… You are an incisive and informed critic and I've learnt a lot from you. I'm most grateful for that…" F. Cross     

"Diane, in no small way were you...instrumental in my success to date...your own frank words of wisdom, free of flowery untruths (just as I requested) helped enormously...Thank you so much for your inspiring encouragement...' A Broadhead