Sophie Cooke - tutor in Novel Writing and Short Story Writing at Skriva Writing School, Edinburgh's independent centre for creative writing

Sophie Cooke


Sophie has many years of experience as a Creative Writing tutor with universities such as the University of Edinburgh and the Open University, and with local Creative Writing groups. She has been working as a writer for over 10 years.

Sophie is the author of the novels The Glass House and Under The Mountain, both published by Random House in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Canada. She is an award-winning short story writer and poet. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and literary magazines in the UK and across Europe, and broadcast on BBC Radio. Her poetry has been published in literary magazines in the UK and around the world. Her awards include:

  • Genomics Forum Poetry Prize (winner)

  • Montreal International Poetry Prize (long-listed)

  • MacAllan/Scotland on Sunday Short Story Competition (runner-up prize)

  • Saltire First Book of the Year Award (short-listed) 

Douglas Dougan


Douglas Dougan is an award-winning screenwriter and producer. He began his career writing for series television at BBC, Channel Five, and ITV on series such as Casualty, Family Affairs and River City. In 2006, he set up his own production company, Fluid Eye. His productions there have included Run, Tony, Run!; Mono; Flap; Waiting for the 42; and Half Way Home, with awards including the Scottish BAFTA and the BBC Three Film Award.

Douglas also works regularly as a script editor and script consultant on UK film and television productions. His credits as a script consultant include the multi-BAFTA award-winning dramas Margaret, Small Island, Five Minutes of Heaven, Occupation, Killing Bono, Sex 'n' Drugs 'n' Rock & Roll, and '71.

Douglas has over 10 years experience as a teacher of screenwriting and film. He set up the screenwriting programme at the University of Edinburgh and has taught there since 2003. He is currently Lead Practitioner for Moving Image Education in Scotland.

Theresa Muñoz


Theresa Muñoz was born in Vancouver, Canada and now lives in Edinburgh. She is currently Research Associate at the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts at Newcastle University. As Overseas Research Scholar at the University of Glasgow, she received a PhD in Scottish Literature. She has taught at various universities and has run workshops with the Scottish Book Trust, Scottish Poetry Library and For Books Sake.


Theresa's debut book of poems Settle (Vagabond Voices, 2016) was shortlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize. Her poetry has been awarded a British Columbia Arts Council Award, the Norman Rothstein Award for Poetry, and the Crichton Foundation Award. Her work has been broadcast on BBC Scotland and published in several journals in the UK and Canada, including Canadian Literature, Poetry Review and Best Scottish Poems.

Emma Beeby

Emma is one of the new generation of comicbook and graphic novel writers and is the first woman in 36 years to write for Judge Dredd in the 2000 AD comic.


Her other published work includes manga comics and Primus Inter Pares, about zombies in British politics!


Emma’s original graphic novel Robbie Burns: Witch Hunter was recently published by Renegade Arts.


Emma also writes games and audioplays. She wrote Risen 2: Dark Waters, an open world fantasy RPG game that was nominated for a Writers Guild Award; and she also scripted the Doctor Who audio drama The Doomsday Quatrain for Big Finish Productions.

Tracey Emerson

Tracey began writing fiction after a career in theatre and community arts. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and literary magazines, and she is a former runner up of the Scotsman and Orange Short Story Award.


She has just completed her novel, Choose Me, and is represented by Charlie Brotherstone at Ed Victor Ltd.


Tracey's fiction often draws on personal experience.


Tracey holds a doctorate in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh and is a teaching fellow there.

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Caroline Dunford

Caroline’s plays have mainly been produced in Scotland and Europe . They have ranged in topic from the death of an Elvis fan to supernatural horror. She has written extensively about William Burke in both prose and a play that did several tours. For three years she was Siege Perilous’s Writer in Resident and the mentor for their project for new playwrights.  She is a past graduate of the Scottish Studio Playwrights programme for upcoming playwrights. 

Caroline is also well known for her crime novels set between 1910 and 1915, The Euphemia Martins Mysteries. She also writes about Daniel Truce, an ex-military policeman, discharged from the army with PTSD, and now part of a team of experts working for Police Scotland. 

She is a Teaching Fellow at Edinburgh University, an advocate for mental health and pro-disability rights. She has a background in journalism, psychology and psychotherapy and is currently co-chair of The Society of Authors in Scotland.