Vanessa Couchman

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About Vanessa Couchman

A graduate of Oxford University and Warwick Business School, Vanessa Couchman is a freelance writer and consultant and a former Writers Bureau tutor. She has lived in SW France since 1997.

She runs a successful business offering writing services and coaching in report writing to organisations in the UK and internationally. Examples of her work include research reports, annual reports, instruction manuals, promotional literature and strategy documents.

She also writes articles for magazines on France and on writing and literary history. Recent magazine commissions include Words with JAM, Best of British, BBC olive magazine, Living France, France Magazine, French Property News, The French Paper, International Living, Lonely Planet Magazine, French Entree Magazine, Rendezvous en France Magazine, A Place in the Sun Magazine, Tiens Webzine, The Lady, E-zee Writer, Freelance Market News and Mslexia. She is also a regular contributor to Expatica website.

In her spare time (!) she writes short stories and wrote her first novel in November 2012 during National Novel Writing Month. 

Writing site: Vanessa Couchman Freelance writer

Blog about French life: Life on La Lune

My news/views
Apr 23rd 2014

In March 2014, I signed a contract with Crooked Cat Publishing to publish my novel The House at Zaronza, set in early 20th-century Corsica. The novel will be published in paperback and ebook formats at the end of July 2014.

In April 2014, my short story 'Into the Abyss' was runner-up in the Global Short Story competition. 

Jan 11th 2014

In 2013, much of my time was taken up with my corporate writing business. However, my story 'Angel Maker' was published in Writer's Abroad's anthology Foreign and Far Away. My novel The House at Zaronza was judged a very close runner up in the Flash 500 Novel Opening Competition. The judges, Crooked Cat Publishing, asked to see the full manuscript and I await their verdict.  

Mar 3rd 2013


In 2012, in addition to publishing short stories on various websites and in Writers Abroad's anthology Foreign Encounters, I took part in National Novel Writing Month for the first time. I am currently editing the result, The House at Zaronza, an historical novel set in Corsica.  

In 2011, a story and a poem were published in Yesterday, The Pages Annual Short Story and Poetry Competition anthology. 'Muck's Last Turn' was a runner up in the Cazart Flash Fiction competition in January and 'Outcast' was a runner up in the September competition. In June, I won first prize in the Writing Magazine 750-word short story competition, with 'Memory'.�My short story, 'The Beekeeper', and a non-fiction article, 'When to Eat in Corsica', were published in Writers Abroad's anthology Foreign Flavours in November.

In 2010, one of my stories was published in 50 Stories for Pakistan and another in Writers Abroad's anthology of short stories about expat life.


About Me
Here For
Writing, Critiquing, Support, Networking

Writing, walking, yoga, food & drink, music

Favorite Music
Mozart, Don Giovanni

Favorite Movies
Jean de Florette & Manon des Sources; Joseph Losey's Don Giovanni, with Ruggiero Raimondi and Kiri te Kanawa; Le Vieux Fusil

Favorite Books
Too many to list!

Favorite Quotations
Samuel Johnson 'No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.'

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