Loree Westron

About me

I was born in the great state of Idaho and lived there until leaving university in the 1980s to see more of the world. Since 1988, I have been a permanent resident of the UK. In 2005, I completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester and I’m currently in the final stages of a Creative Writing PhD. As part of my research I’m writing a time-slip novel set in Idaho in the 19th and 20th centuries. My thesis explores the literature of the American West, particularly with regards to character, identity and landscape. I have written and published short stories and critical reviews, as well as travel writing in both the US and UK. Between 2005 and 2010, I taught Creative Writing at the University of Portsmouth. Currently, I am an Associate Lecturer at the University of Chichester where I also serve as the editor of the THRESHOLDS International Short Story Forum.

From my website

Putting the Pieces Together

A Review of Diane Simmons' The Courtship of Eva Eldridge: A Story of Bigamy in the Marriage-Mad FiftiesWhen she is made executor to the estate of family friend Eva Eldridge, the author comes into possession of a large collection of letters which Eva has carefully bundled up and stored away.  Kept with…

Breaking the Addiction

Today, while I perused the pens and pretty notebooks at my local newsagent’s, I resisted buying a writing magazine. Silently, I vowed to stop reading about writing and just write.  At home, I have piles of Mslexia, Writing Magazine, Writers’ Forum, Write Right, Write On, and The Writer’s Block cluttering…

Fishing for Readers

A number of months ago I read an article which was critical of the advice we often give to Creative Writing students in which we encourage them to begin their stories in the thick of action, or in medias res.  The argument goes that writers must capture the reader’s interest…

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