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

Reasons to Write a Crime Novel

Last summer, I met fellow American writer Val Penny at the Winchester Writers' Festival - a marvellous weekend, with opportunities to meet and mingle with writers at all stages of their careers from all over the world. Val's a crime writer who also lives on this side of the pond, so it was good…

On Editing

I’ve recently been contacted by a former student, asking if I’d like to read the novel he was getting ready to submit to an agent. As I’ve been going through the process of finding an agent myself and frequently call upon the support and advice of my own writing community…

Creativity as a Process

I've been going through some of my old writing journals, lately, and I came upon this entry, written in 2008 while teaching a class on Autobiography to first year Creative Writing students. ********************************What is creativity and where does it come from?  How do we recognise it?  How do we nurture it…

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