Amanda is an award-winning journalist and fiction writer with a strong background in teaching. Originally a foreign reporter and feature writer on broadsheet newspapers, she knows the importance of clear and accurate prose. When she started writing for children and young adults she became adept at making things simple and succinct. Now she writes thrillers, where pace and inventiveness are crucial.
A confident communicator, Amanda focuses on all these aspects of writing in her seminars and workshops. She believes that fiction and nonfiction are closely allied and every type of effective writing uses story telling techniques.
Amanda was a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at the University of the West of England (UWE) from 2016-18 and devised an instructional booklet on good writing for the social work and social science students. In 2018, she started up a new RLF fellowship post in the School of Law and Politics at Cardiff University. Here she has held various workshops for third year law students, for taught Masters and for PhD students. She also continues to teach part time at UWE where she holds writing skills seminars for small groups of foundation students.