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Colette Coen

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: East Renfrewshire
Languages: English
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I am a writer based in East Renfrewshire with over 50 short story publications, including Mslexia’s Best Short Fiction Anthology 2023, Five Glasgow Stories (Red Squirrel Press) and Writing Magazine.

I am the Federation of Writers (Scotland) Scriever for 2024. I regularly participate in live and online events and produce YouTube videos as part of my role to promote writing in Scotland.

I have twice been shortlisted for Scottish Book Trust’s New Writers Award and won the Waterstones’ Crime in the City Award in 2013. I completed the Faber Academy 'Writing a Novel' course and self-published my first novel – All the Places I’ve Ever Been – as a result. I have also published a short story collection, Forgotten Dreams.

My poetry has appeared in Dreich and Poetry Scotland.

I have worked in community education (with older adults and people experiencing homelessness) and as an Adult Literacy and Numeracy lecturer (using creative writing to enhance literacy and delivering CPD). I have a APDA in Teaching in Further Education. I would be happy to facilitate writing workshops for upper secondary pupils, adults and U3A.

I am a professional member of the Chartered Institute for Editing and Proofreading and run Beech Editorial Services.


(Photo credit: Gerry Duggan)

Local authorities can visit

East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Renfrewshire; Glasgow City; Inverclyde; North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Renfrewshire; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire

Events can deliver

Panel event; Performance; Professional development, CLPL or CPD; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop

Audience can work with

Adult learners; English as an additional language (EAL); Intergenerational learning; Adults with additional support needs; Reluctant readers; Vulnerable adults

Topics of work

Contemporary fiction; Editing & editing your own work; Family; Self-publishing & independent publishing

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500