Jenny Knight - Editor
Jenny Knight is a prize-winning writer of short story and memoir and a contributor to the celebrated Common People anthology, edited by Kit de Waal (May 2019).
An experienced editor, copy-writer, copy-editor and proofreader, she’s enjoyed 25 years’ successful freelancing for publishers including Macmillan, Simon & Schuster and Routledge, and her writing on writing and the publishing world has appeared in Book Machine, National Writers’ Centre and Restless.
Jenny was selected for PenguinRH WriteNow 2018, a 2019 Arts Council/TLC Award, is a NCW Case Study and has won or been shortlisted in competitions including Bridport, Fish, Arvon, ACE/Escalator, Yeovil, Riptide and SWWJ. She has a degree in English Literature and Drama, studied Creative Writing at UEA and is never happier than when writing, critiquing other writers or reading a diverse range of fiction and non-fiction.
WHY WE LOVE JENNY
She’s taught creative writing in prisons, teaches Masterclasses for Litro and has spoken on panels and held workshops on the writing process, getting agents and dealing with rejection – including for PrimadonnaFest and the Lockdown Stay-At-Home-Fest.
WHAT JENNY SAYS ABOUT EDITING
I have such a backstory with writing – it took me 20 years from starting out to securing an agent – I’ve learned a lot I wish I’d known earlier! I’m passionate about analysing other writers’ work and find helping writers immensely rewarding – I know how hard it is to write a novel, short story or memoir, and the challenges of making it the best you can. I want to inspire writers to dig deep, produce their best work and increase their chances of reaching their goals.
I offer clear insight into what isn’t working, covering all narrative bases, but only alongside suggestions of what might work better. I’ve had my own writing editorially assessed and know how much this can help – but also how it feels! As a professional copyeditor and proofreader I’m always happy to factor in line-editing/copy-editing if required.
I love stories about women, sex, death, family, midlife, working-class experiences, WWII and also short stories. I also love memoir, narrative-non-fiction and have worked on an array of topic-led books.
What Jenny works on
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Genres Jenny specialises in
Jenny's published books
Working-class stories are not always tales of the underprivileged and dispossessed.
Common People is a collection of essays, poems and memoir written in celebration, not apology: these are narratives rich in barbed humour, reflecting the depth and texture of working-class life, the joy and sorrow, the solidarity and the differences, the everyday wisdom and poetry of the woman at the bus stop, the waiter, the hairdresser.
Here, Kit de Waal brings together thirty-three established and emerging writers who invite you to experience the world through their eyes, their voices loud and clear as they reclaim and redefine what it means to be working class.