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I’m an English writer who lives in Tennessee. However, I’ve been in the US so long that my accent is starting to wobble. It’s so bad some British people don’t believe me when I say where I was born.

I spent my PhD researching better ways to help people tell stories. After I finished that degree, I began teaching my techniques online. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Now I get to share my love of literature, story construction, and sentence craft with thousands of writers — people just like you — each week.

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