The founding partners of Pearse & Black were Josie and Penny, two writers who met in a group Josie was leading in the early 1990s.
The company now also employs other Creative Writing teachers with the skills and experience necessary to bring your work to fruition. We have associates who can undertake specialist editing and ghost writing.
runs the day-to-day operations of Pearse & Black. She lives in London.
She gained her PhD from Cardiff University with her thesis, Writing and Not Writing on the Cusp of Life and Fiction.
Josie has taught creative writing for most of her life. She has been a writer in residence and has worked at all levels of skill. She runs a closed group which supports writers working on long projects and runs site-specific one-off workshops.
She also coaches privately. See the One-to-One tab for more about that.
She bases her approach simply on the principle that you learn to write by writing. And for a writer at any level of skill, the knowledge of your process – including what your block might be trying to tell you – will help you sustain the writing of a whole book. Josie helps each writer master his or her process.
She has published two novels under a pseudonym and is working on a TV adaptation.
Penny has left Pearse & Black to focus on a teaching Fellowship with the Royal Literary Fund. We wish her well.
She has translated over 40 plays from German and adapted two novels for the stage.
Penny ran workshops on editing for the Media Trust for several years, and in 2014 edited two multi-lingual books on theatre and musicals.