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Emily Midorikawa

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Emily Midorikawa holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. She has led writing workshops in schools and libraries, for City University, the Open University, New York University and Cambridge University.

Over the course of her career so far, her work has appeared in publications including Aesthetica, Mslexia, The Times and Untitled Books.

She has won various awards for her writing, including joint-third prize in the 2012 SI Leeds Literary Prize, and a six-month mentoring scheme placement that allowed her to work on her prose with the author Jane A. Adams.

Having occasionally taught on courses with up to forty participants, Emily is looking forward to working with much smaller groups at Circle of Missé.

For a tutor, knowing that class sizes are always strictly limited is a real advantage. It means I can be confident that everyone should quickly become relaxed in the company of their fellow writers, and that the group sessions will be good fun as well as challenging, constructive and supportive.

Emily Midorikawa - February 2013

Emily is represented by the literary agency United Agents and is currently working on her second novel. You can find out more about her writing and teaching at


A Writer Prepares - July 22-26 Book

A Writer Progresses - July 22-28 Book

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Emily's testimonials:

Emily stripped my novel down, gave it a severe talking to, told me to lose Chapter One and two entire characters, remorselessly hunted down its minutest flaws - yet I love her for it and know she's right. Quelle finesse!

Julie, May 2011

Just wanted to say how much I’ve enjoyed Emily’s teaching. She’s been rigorous, objective and yet supportive. A rare combination...Writing matters more than most activities, so to have a tutor with these unusual gifts has been very important.

Graham, Open University

I have learnt so much in such a short amount of time and I must say that it is the best course I have ever undertaken.

Sophie, Open University