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Sarah Duncan

Novelist, Short-story writer, Radio/tv/screenwriter

Sarah Duncan is a novelist who also writes short stories and scripts. Her first novel Adultery for Beginners (Hodder & Stoughton, 2004) was shortlisted for the Joan Hessayon new writers’ award. She has written five other novels including Kissing Mr Wrong (Headline Review, 2010), which was shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year. Her novels are published in 14 countries around the world, including the USA, France and Germany. She wrote the screenplay for A Naked Eye, which went on to win five major international awards including gold medal at the world’s largest international film festival in Houston. Her short stories have been widely published in a variety of magazines and anthologies as well as being broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

In 2001 Sarah Duncan gained an MA in creative writing from Bath Spa University, which led not only to publication but an interest in the teaching of creative writing. Since 2002 she has run the fiction-writing workshop for the University of Bristol and taught creative writing for the University of Oxford and Advanced Studies in England, a branch campus of Franklin and Marshall College, Pennsylvania, USA.  She also has a popular blog on creative-writing craft and techniques. In 2013 she decided to take a sabbatical year from teaching creative writing and moved to Cornwall to concentrate on her own writing and the restoration of an 18th-century Methodist chapel. She is currently working on a crime novel.

Sarah Duncan


University of Exeter, Penryn 2020/21
University of Plymouth 2015-18
University of Bath 2011-13
University of Bristol, Arts 2010/11
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