Cathie Hartigan

Cathie traiIMG_0506ned as a music teacher at Dartington College of Arts, and for many years she taught the piano at Exeter School.

A life-long love of writing coupled with a series of short story competition successes led to a change of career. She has won many prizes for her stories, and was delighted to be included in the e-book of Truly, Madly Deeply, the latest anthology from the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

For nine years she lectured in creative writing at Exeter College before turning freelance in 2010. She founded CreativeWritingMatters, which offers a range of author services, and literary competitions, including The Exeter Novel Prize.

Visit Cathie’s Creative Writing Matters website.

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She is co-author of the best-selling The Creative Writing Student’s Handbook and The Short Story Writer’s Workbook.   

The Short Story Writer’s Workbook 

The Creative Writing Student’s Handbook


Her debut novel, Secret of the Song, was published in October 2015. A time-slip mystery set in contemporary Exeter and renaissance Naples.

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Secret of the Song

From Amazon reviews:

Fast-paced, intriguing, dramatic, colourful, humorous, surprising, entertaining… it draws you in, grips your emotions and doesn’t let you go until, reluctantly, you realise you’ve reached the last page.’

 ‘this is a mystery story, subtly constructed and many-layered, and it won’t let you down.’

 ‘The whole book achieves that difficult balance – across both threads – of being an engaging read, shocking, funny and very emotionally affecting, and such a fantastic story.’

 ‘I finished reading it at 3.00am, which is my best proof of not being to put the book down.

Secret of the Song