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There are many guides to good writing but none as valuable as this.
—Oliver Kamm, author and columnist for The Times

More than 15 years in the making, Elise Valmorbida’s new work of non-fiction, The Happy Writing Book, will be published this September!

Elise draws on decades of work as author and creative writing teacher. Her experience gives her a firm belief that creative writing can deepen your appreciation of life and empower you as an agent of positive change in the world. The Happy Writing Book is an eclectic guide to writing well—with multiple positive side effects.

Elise has published journalism, poetry, short stories, three non-fiction books and four novels including The Madonna of the Mountains (Faber & Faber), which was translated into several languages and won Australia’s biggest literary award in 2019. Elise was honoured as an Edinburgh International Film Festival Trailblazer for her work as indie film producer and script consultant. She teaches creative writing at Central Saint Martins, Arvon, Faber Academy, Guardian Masterclasses, literary festivals and community-building organisations. And, of course, she has taught workshops for 26.


 ‘Beautiful, clear, wide-reaching and hugely generous to readers.
—Bryony Lavery, award-winning playwright, author of Frozen

Insightful, inspiring and brimming with useful tips, it’s the friendliest guide youll find to being a writer.’
—Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin, authors of The Novel Cure: An A-Z of Literary Remedies

‘Few writers can share what they know like Elise Valmorbida, and even fewer teachers can write like her. But her greatest talent is her belief in other people’s creative potential, and in the potential for creativity to bring happiness… Relevant to both seasoned writers and newbies alike.’
—John-Paul Flintoff, author of How To Change the World


If you’d like to attend The Happy Writing Book launch on Tuesday evening, 28 September, please email Elise is lining up an airy spacious venue in central London (Islington) where we can mingle safely—and drink good wine—and be sociable, like the olden days BC!

The Happy Writing Book is published by Laurence King (Orion/Hachette) and is available for pre-order now.

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