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 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 eight years of teaching experience: three years at university, one year in a private language school and four years of 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.