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Janet recommends the following people and organisations.


The Society of Authors
Janet has been a member of the London-based Society of Authors since 1991 and is very grateful to the SoA for their help over the years. The SoA provides invaluable support for authors at all stages of their career.

Click this link to see Janet’s Society of Authors Profile Page.

National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE)
Janet is a member of NAWE and has presented workshops at two of their conferences. This is a wonderful networking organisation for anyone working in an educational context as a writer.

The Arvon Foundation

Arvon is a UK-based charity that runs a vibrant annual programme of residential courses and retreats for writers in four inspiring locations: John Osborne’s home The Hurst in Shropshire, Lumb Bank in West Yorkshire - once the home of Ted Hughes, Moniack Mhor in Inverness-shire and Totleigh Barton in Devon. Arvon also works directly with schools, communities and arts organisations. Janet is currently studying on Arvon and NAWE’s Coaching Course for Writers, which is facilitated by Deb Barnard of Relational Dynamics 1st
( and Anne Caldwell of NAWE.

Robert McKee
Janet attended the Story Structure seminars of Robert McKee and is a great fan of his work.

The Winchester Writers’ Conference
An annual event held at the University of Winchester. Thoroughly recommended. A great way to network with other writers and meet agents and publishers.


Janet recommends and supports the following literary magazines and journals:

Beautiful Scruffiness



London Review of Books

Bare Fiction Magazine 

Jotters United                                                                                                                                                             


Janet has been a member of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) since 1981.

Helbling Languages
Janet has adapted classic novels and written readers for Helbling Languages. See her Books link and the Helbling site for further details.

Studies in Self-Access Learning (SiSAL Journal)
Janet has been a member of the SiSAL Editorial Board since June 2010.

British Council Polska
Janet worked on the British Council’s Support for Polish Reform in Teacher Education (SPRITE) project in 1998, based in Wroclaw and Warsaw.

TESOL Arabia
Janet has been a member of TESOL Arabia since 2000, was the editor of TESOL Arabia Perspectives from 2003-2006, and has been a member of the Perspectives Advisory Panel since 2006.

English Teaching Professional
Janet has been a member of the Advisory Board of English Teaching Professional since June 1996.

Chartered Institute of Linguists
Janet became an Associate of the Institute of Linguists in 1975.


International Teaching Seminars
Janet studied for her NLP Practitioner Certification with Ian McDermott at ITS.

Jane Revell
Janet encouraged her friend Jane to go to the 1991 SEAL Conference and do the Firewalk. However, she didn’t do it herself since she didn’t really want to get her socks dirty.

 Last edited 22-07-2016