Lucy van Smit.



Lucy van Smit is an award-winning author, a screenwriter, and an artist who regrets selling off her best paintings to pay the rent. (Jeremy Clarkson owns two) After boy trouble, Lucy dropped out of Art School for a year, ran away to New York and dared herself to sell encyclopaedias door-to-door in America. She got her BA Hons in Fine Art, blagged a job in TV, travelled worldwide for NBC News, flew on Air Force One with President Reagan, got surrounded by tanks at Manila airport during a coup, before moving to the safer world of Canadian Broadcasting and made documentaries on writers like John Le Carre and Ian McEwan. Lucy is dyslexic with a MA Distinction in Creative Writing. THE HURTING won the inaugural Bath Children’s Novel Award and published by Chicken House Books in September 2018. One of six siblings, Lucy lives in London with her hubby, teenage son and a mad cat, known locally as Sid Vicious.

Accolades and awards

Winner of Bath Children’s Novel Award 2015
Shortlisted Caledonia Prize 2016
Longlisted for Mslexia Novel 2015

The Writer’s Journal Masterclass with Lucy van Smit

How to become a more fulfilled writer: re-wild your creativity and empower your writing craft.

A writing journal is one of the best kept secrets. It brings clarity to your mind and on the page, giving you agency over your writing. This simple powerful tool takes minutes to practice, saves years of muddle and unnecessary heartache. A writing journal will help you finish your book, focus your craft and build a great relationship with your writing. It shows you how to outwit writer’s block and infuse your approach with passion and curiosity to amplify your writing life.

Join Lucy van Smit, award-winning author of The Hurting, to see how a five-step process and A Writer’s Journal Workbook can transform your writing life.

This masterclass is suitable for emerging writers who want to future proof their writing practice and experienced writers seeking tools to revitalise their passion and creativity.

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