CAROLINE JESTAZ – WRITER & MENTOR
I’m passionate about writing, whether it is poems, short stories or novels. I specialize in literary/general fiction and love nothing more than developing the psychology of my characters, crafting the plot as I write, yet letting the story, at times, take me by surprise. In my seventh novel, I’m currently exploring themes, such as denial, projection, expectations, identity, and I enjoy every minute of it.
I’ve been writing literary fiction since 2008, taking part-time jobs so I could fully embrace my vocation. My fifth novel L’éloge de l’ombre (In Praise of Shadows) was short-listed for the Yann Queffélec Prize (450 novels received, 10 short-listed). My first short story, entitled Firework Trees, was awarded a Highly Commended position in the InkTears competition (600 short stories received, 12 short-listed). I wrote my first novel in English, Heading for the Wall, in 2014 and I’m now working on my seventh novel.
I teach creative writing on a freelance basis, which includes mentoring fellow authors, six-week courses with Cambridge Community Arts (CCA) and leading workshops with the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) and at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.
CV IN SHORT
I was born in Paris and have lived in Cambridge for the past seventeen years. I studied English literature at Nanterre University, Glasgow University and Trinity College, Dublin. William Shakespeare was my major.
I have ten years of teaching experience (university, language schools and private tuition).
I also have eleven years of publishing experience (Cambridge University Press, Pearson Education, Windhorse Publishing), which includes book production, editing, marketing and website development. I’m offering – on a freelance basis – a strong set of skills, that can be used flexibly to meet various needs across the departments of a company.