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Emma Sweeney

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Emma Sweeney


Emma Claire Sweeney is a prize-winning fiction writer, who has extensive teaching experience.

Educated at Cambridge University and the University of East Anglia, Emma Claire has won Arts Council, Escalator and Royal Literary Fund Awards, and has been shortlisted for several others, including the Asham, Wasafiri and Fish. Her short stories have been published in literary magazines in the UK, Ireland and the USA, and she is currently completing The Waifs and Strays of Sea View Lodge – a novel inspired by her disabled sister.

At the moment, Emma Claire is combining work on her novel with an Arts Council residency at Sunnyside Rural Trust, a social enterprise for people with learning disabilities. She has also been awarded an Open University Faculty Studentship to research representations of learning disability in fiction, so she regularly presents papers and gives readings at conferences and literary events.

You get time to take yourself seriously as a writer ... I still workshop my work with a couple of people I met on the first creative writing course [that] I did ...

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Emma Claire co-writes literary features with her friend and fellow Missé writer-in-residence, Emily Midorikawa. Their piece on female writing friendships, for instance, was recently published in The Times, and the upcoming issue of Mslexia will include their feature on rivalry.

Over the years Emma Claire has taught creative writing for many US and UK university programmes, including Cambridge University, the University of Iowa, New York University in London, the Open University and City University’s Novel Studio. She will be running a workshop at a forthcoming course at the Bloomsbury Institute.

You can find out more about Emma Claire at and she tweets as @emmacsweeney.


A Writer Prepares - June 3-7 Book | 10-14 June Book

A Writer Progresses - June 3-9 Book | 10-16 June Book

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Emma, special thanks to you for a wonderful writing course, it got me writing very fluently.


May 2011

I came, I saw, I tasted lost of good food & wine but most of all I extended my writing skills, being pushed and challenged but also supported. Thanks Emma.


April 2011

The week with Emma Sweeney really helped me to reconnect with the emotional centre of my novel. I have really loved my time here, thank you.


August 2010

I am hugely grateful to Emma for her constructive and supportive feedback & teaching and to my fellow students for their input.


April 2010

I am grateful for Emma's engaging, emotionally sensitive and inspiring tuition.


April 2010