Welcome to my site. I’m an Irish writer, editor and artistic director living between Tuscany and Ireland. I like to write long and short fiction, and have conversations with authors, artists, and people who work in creative fields about how they use their creativity to create and live a fuller life.

You’ll find interviews and my own writing on the Creativity & Writing page. You can also find me on Instagram @notionreel.


Masterclass: Editing Your Manuscript

16th November 2019, 10am-5pm.

Learn how to edit effectively with Editor Beena Kamlani.

Beena will help participants prepare their manuscript for submission to an agent or publishing house through a morning session on ‘How to Handle Ambiguity, Urgency and Voice in Fiction and Nonfiction’ and 20-minute one-on-one time with Beena, where they can discuss their work in detail.

Participants can submit up to 12 pages of their manuscript/writing-in-progress prior to the event, which Beena will read and discuss in the one-on-one meeting.

‘SOS: Brainstorm Past Glitches’ workshop will run alongside the afternoon one-on-ones.

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A former editor at Penguin Random House (31 years), Beena Kamlani has edited a wide range of authors—among them, Garrison Keillor, Kim Edwards, Terry McMillan, Diane Middlebrook, Sir Peter Medawar, Peter Kramer, David Leavitt, Jiang Rong, Paul Beatty, Robert Kanigel, Bob Shacochis—and was Saul Bellow’s editor for nearly two decades until his death in 2005. She worked with Robert Fagles for over twenty years on his translations of Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad, and Virgil’s Aeneid. She has also taught book editing at New York University for the past eighteen years and was presented the university’s award for teaching excellence in 2002. Beena works as a freelance editor.

For the full programme see the Facebook page. To reserve your place, contact write@stmarksitaly.com.