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Ruth Brandt is a Prize winning Writer and Creative Writing Tutor in Surrey. She runs Courses and Workshops in Surrey.
I am a prize-winning writer and creative writing tutor. Born and raised in Bristol, I studied Mathematics and Physics BSc at London University before discovering my passion for writing which led me to study the MFA in Creative Writing at Kingston University (Distinction).
My prize-winning short story collection No One Has Any Intention of Building a Wall  was published by Fly on the Wall Press, November 2021.  And my chap book Hassan's Zoo & A Village in Winter was published in August 2021.
My Writing
I am the author of No One Has Any Intention of Building A Wall (a short story collection) and Hassan's Zoo & A VIllage in Winter (a short story pamphlet), both published in 2021 by Fly on the Wall Press.
My stories have been nominated for international prizes including the Pushcart Prize 2016 and the Best Small Fictions Award 2019. They have been long- and short-listed and highly commended in competitions including the Bridport Prize, Bath Flash Fiction Award and MsLexia, and won the Eyelands Book Award 2019 for an Unpublished Short Story Collection.
In 2017 I won the Kingston University MFA Creative Writing Prize. My novel Riding a Light Beam was shortlisted in the Retreat West Novel Competition 2018.
My short stories both, literary and commercial, have been published widely in magazines and anthologies including The Bridport Prize Anthology 2018, Into the Void, the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2017, Litro, Neon, Brittle Star, and Bristol Short Story Prize 4. They have been performed by Liars' League and read at literary festivals. My commercial short stories have appeared in Ireland's Own, Yours and Candis.
My poetry has been published in the Irish Literary Review and Bunbury Magazine, and a short play performed at Theatre503.
I was formerly Writer in Residence at Surrey Wildlife Trust and Writer in Residence at the National Trust's house Polesden Lacey.
I have been a creative writing tutor for over 10 years, working for organisations including Surrey Adult Learning, West Dean College, Kingston University, the National Trust and Surrey Wildlife Trust, as well as running residential weekend courses, week long writing retreats and tutoring privately.
I have an MFA in creative writing, am a Professional Member of the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE) and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA), as well as being qualified to teach at further education level.
My aim as a tutor is to get people writing and keep them writing. To encourage this I provide supportive and constructive feedback which takes into account a writer's aims and ambitions. My courses are suitable for anyone who wants to start writing creatively and for those who already write and want to develop their skills.
I run bespoke courses for groups. Please contact me if you're interested in finding out more about what I can offer.
I'd love to hear from you about tutoring or my writing. Or, if you'd like to be added to my email list, which gives information about future courses, please let me know. You can ask to be removed at any time.
Drop me an email at tutor[at]
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Created by BuiltByBill - Updated: 18th November 2023
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