Writing CV for Anne Stormont
2000: attended Arvon Foundation residential writing course at Moniack Mhor. Course tutor was Ali Smith and the seeds for ‘Change of Life’ were sown while on this course. It began life as a short story that Smith said had the makings of a novel.
2000-2004: wrote several short stories, joined Edinburgh Writers Club, attended writing courses.
2005: following serious illness, relocation to Skye and during subsequent year off from full-time employment, I found time to develop ‘Change of Life’ (the ideas and characters for the book had never quite gone away and were now clamouring for attention).
2006- 2007: first draft of ‘Change of Life’ was completed
2008: joined Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) New Writers’ Scheme (NWS). I submitted the full manuscript of the book and received very useful and constructive feedback. This led to a major rewrite. Joined youwriteon.com, a peer review website, funded by the Arts Council. This led to further rewrites and revisions.
2009: engaged a professional editor to polish the manuscript.
2009:Entered Change of Life in the Edinburgh Writers’ Club Novel competition, judged by novelist, DAVID WISHART and WON FIRST PRIZE.
2009: WON FIRST PRIZE in the ‘Writing for Children’ competition run by Edinburgh Writers’ Club.
2009: submitted edited version of the entire novel to the RNA NWS. It was judged as one of six – out of 250, to be of publishable standard.
2010: self-published ‘Change of Life’; was subject of a newspaper feature and interview on local radio to publicise the book, which is available on Amazon and in bookshops, including Waterstones.
2010: WON FIRST PRIZE in the ‘Writing for Children’ competition run by Edinburgh Writers’ Club (second year running) judged by children’s writer Lari Don.
I am currently working on my second novel. I also write for the writers’ e-zine ‘Words with Jam’ http://www.wordswithjam.co.uk .
My aspirations as a writer are to be published, read and enjoyed and to able to earn at least part of my living from my writing. I’ve been an amateur writer for most of my life. I love writing and would like to think that I’ve now stepped up to professional status and quality. It’s been a long apprenticeship. I am seeking representation.