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Educational Writers Group AGM and Networking Social 2023

1 February @ 19:00 - 20:30 GMT

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This event is for Society of Authors’ Educational Writers Group (EWG) members to meet up online with their committee members.

At this annual general meeting, Educational Writers Group chair Ignaty Dyakov-Richmond will give his report of the past year’s activities for the group.

The EWG membership will vote to elect representatives to the Educational Writers Group Committee. Details of the candidates will be circulated prior to the AGM.

The AGM will be followed by a networking social where members will meet in smaller group to network with like-minded EWG members. This will also provide members with the opportunity to share their views on the group’s offer for 2023, as well as discuss any concerns, industry insights or general tips from their experience working as educational writers.



  • 7:00 pm to 7:05 pm (5 minutes): Welcome from Ignaty Dyakov-Richmond, chair of the Educational Writers Group
  • 7:05 pm to 7:35 pm (30 minutes): AGM, chair’s annual report and EWG committee member election
  • 7:35 pm to 7:40 pm (5 minutes): Comfort break
  • 7:40 pm to 8:20 pm (40 minutes): Educational Writers Group social hosted in breakout rooms by the EWG committee members. This is an opportunity to network, and discuss the following questions:
    • The EWG membership survey
    • What can the EWG do for you?
    • How can we address challenges facing educational writers and advocate for better industry standards?
    • Information-sharing and member networking
    • 8:20 pm to 8:30 pm (10 minutes): Return to main room:
      • Feedback from the breakout rooms
      • Any other comments or concerns
      • Chair’s closing remarks
      • 8:30 pm: Educational Writers Group social finishes


The line-up

Ignaty Dyakov-Richmond

Ignaty Dyakov-Richmond (he, him), Chair of the EWG, wears several hats (apart from a deer-stalker and a faux-fur Russian hat). He has authored a series of unconventional Russian and ELT textbooks, which help students learn grammar and vocabulary through fun-to-read detective stories. They are now used at universities and schools all over the world, US, UK and France being the biggest markets.

Ignaty has been teaching languages since 2001 and in 2015 became a finalist of the prestigious ‘Best Russian language teacher outside of Russia’ award. He is frequently invited to deliver teacher training and talks at schools, universities and language shows.

A Chartered Linguist and the founder of the linguistic consulting company Russia Local, he helped international SMEs and organisations work with Russian clientele and expand into the Russian market.

In recent years, after he qualified as a life coach and Ayurvedic consultant, he has set up a health and wellbeing coaching practice in the Midlands. He works on a one-to-one basis, delivers talks and workshops and writes articles on a holistic approach to health, complementary therapies and coaching methods. More information can be found on www.lifesensei.uk.

In his spare time, he loves writing and reading short stories, walking, vegan cooking and a bit of DIY. 


Philippa Gardom Hulme

Philippa Gardom Hulme’s writing has been her main work for the past 15 years. She has written secondary science student books, teaching guides, revision guides and workbooks for OUP, Collins, Pearson, York Press and CGP, for both UK and international markets.

At the start of her authorial career, she happily accepted whatever the fee or royalties percentage on offer. Over time, she has learned to negotiate with publishers, including requesting higher advances, asking for royalties instead of fees (if projected sales are high) and telling publishers when she turns down projects because the remuneration is too low. Throughout, she has appreciated the support and resources of the SoA. She is now keen to share what she has learnt over the years to benefit fellow members of the SoA, and would love to serve on the committee.


Emily Guille-Marrett

Emily Guille-Marrett has worked in educational publishing for the schools and home learning market for over 20 years. She is joint Series Editor and co-author of over 80 books for Collins Education’s reading programme Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds.

She is currently Head of Publishing for the award-winning textbook publisher Maths – No Problem! and its new imprint Wise Words Literacy. Prior to this, Emily has worked on market leading educational print and digital materials at Oxford University Press, Pearson Education, Nelson Thornes and Ladybird books.

An avid supporter of talented writers, Emily lectures at Canterbury Christchurch University on its undergraduate and postgraduate Creative and Professional Writing programmes, with a particular focus on publishing skills and writing for children.


Miles Hudson

Miles Hudson (he, him) has been writing educational materials (for money) for 20 years, and has been an SoA member for 15 years. Writing is now his full-time job.

Miles’ specialism is secondary science, particularly physics, and he has worked for Pearson, OUP, Kognity, BBC, York Press, British Council, Perimeter Institute, writing both domestic and international products. Miles’ latest project can be seen at FunPostcardsFrom.com.

With the SoA’s help, he has tackled contracts, tax, copyright and more, but the most important thing about membership, for him, has been the sense of community. He feels it’s time to give something back to this community.


Anita Loughrey

Anita Loughrey (she/her) writes teacher resources and non-fiction for primary schools as well as educational picture books on a wide variety of subjects for a wide range of educational publishers, with over 100 books published in the UK and many more worldwide.

She specialises in literacy, science, history and the environment. Some of her most recent titles include the Maths and the Science Years One, Two and Three, teacher’s, pupil’s and activity books for The Starlight Learning Adventures Programme, which follows the Cambridge Primary Curriculum. They are aimed at the British international schools (eighteen books in total). Anita has also recently ghost-written graphic novels for publishers in the US.


Sue Nicholson

Former commissioning editor of an information/activity list at Kingfisher, Sue Nicholson (she, her) has written more than 80 books for children, for publishers including DK, Ladybird, Marshall Editions, Quarto and Warne. Titles range from writing first facts and devising educational and ‘soft learning’ activity books for preschoolers, to researching and writing factual books for older children.

Areas of interest include history, cultural history, natural history, geography, pets and hobbies/games/crafts. I’m also experienced at working with licensed character assets, including Angelina Ballerina, the Clangers, Disney, Hello Kitty, Peppa Pig and Mary Cicely Barker’s Flower Fairies. TV work includes writing stories appearing in the story corner segment of Driver Dan’s Story Train.


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  • This online event will take place on Zoom. You will be able ask questions on screen or via the chat box
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  • This event is 90 minutes

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About the Educational Writers Group

The Educational Writers Group exists to serve those authors who write materials for learners and teachers. It has the following aims:

  • Protect the interests of educational authors in professional matters, especially contracts, rates of pay and copyright.
  • Keep its members informed about developments in education, curriculum, TEFL, digital media and government policy.
  • Lobby for adequate funding for books in schools, colleges and libraries, and for well-stocked public libraries and professionally-staffed libraries in all educational institutions.
  • Encourage publishers in all media to respect the highest professional standards in educational writing.
  • Enable educational writers to get together in congenial surroundings.



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