Thursday, 8 February 2007


I have lectured for several years in Creative Writing for the University of Kent and previously taught for Adult Education. I finished my MA in Modern Poetry at the University of Kent in 2003 and my BA (Hons) in Literature and Philosophy with The Open University in 1996. I received my Cert.Ed (fe) in 1993.
I owe much of my recent success with my history and walking books to the support and advice of my friend and co-SWWJ member, Sylvia Kent. Thanks so much, Sylvia.

Photo: Janet Cameron at Ottakar's after a successful signing for Canterbury Streets.

The Competitive Woman (1988) W.H. Allen (Mercury Business Books). Translated into Polish, Serbo-Croat, Mandarin Chinese.

The Competitive Couple (1990), a sequel to the above, commissioned but dropped when the publisher went into liquidation. However, first serial rights were purchased by the Daily Express.

Canterbury Streets (2005) Tempus Publishing, a A-Z social history of the cathedral city.

Haunted Kent (2005) Tempus Publishing, an A-Z of Kent ghost and poltergeist stories.

Kent - Fifteen Pocket Pub Walks (2006) Countryside Books. A mini walking book to fit in your pocket with a guide to local eating places and points of interest.

Dover - Murder & Crime, (2006), Tempus Publishing. Criminal activity in Dover from witches and smugglers to the early 1940s.

Kiddiwalks in Kent, (2007) by Countryside Books. A walking book for parents and children with child-friendly suggestions for things to do and background details.

Medway - Murder and Crime, (2008) Tempus Publishing. Criminal activity in Medway.

Brighton and Hove - Murders and Misdemeanours, (2009) Amberley Publishing. Victorian crime stories.

Non-Fiction Articles published in Today, The Examiner, The Daily Express, The Sunday Telegraph, The Observer on Sunday, Writing in Education, Mslexia, Writers Forum, Bygone Kent, Scribble and other small press journals.


Surrogate Lover, a psychological thriller published by W.H. Allen's Star Books in 1988, later translated for the German market.

Short Stories have appeared in Woman, Bella, My Weekly, The People's Friend, The Sunday Post, The Woman Writer,Scribble, Countryside Tales and Connections Arts Magazine.

Poems have appeared in Acumen, Equinox, Logos, OU Poetry Anthology, Writing Magazine,Connections Arts Magazine.

I am a professional writer and tutor, recently retired from lecturing for the University of Kent in Creative Writing. I like to create a friendly learning environment for my students. Preferring not to specialise, I write mass market short stories, experimental stories, local history (Tempus Publishing), walking books (Countryside Books) and poetry (Acumen, Equinox, Logos). I have also published a novel and a book about women in business (both with W.H. Allen)both translated into several languages,and I am a regular contributor to 'Writers Forum'. I am a member of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists. Please find details of my current books on this blog.

Workshop and Talk Commissions - email

I am willing to undertake any writing-related commissions. Workshops are an extension of my normal routine and I have several suitable lesson-plans on various subjects, for example:

Writing for Women's Magazines (originally created for the Split the Lark Literary Festival in Deal, Kent, June 2005)

Other popular themes are: Telling Stories - Planning a Novel - Writing a Poem

I am happy to speak to groups and my favourite talk is entitled: Hacking It. It takes about one hour. Fees negotiable.

The following is a reference supplied for the Artscape education website:

'I understand that Janet Cameron is applying to be listed on the Artscape directory. I have known Janet for seven years and have worked alongside her both in adult education and at the University of Kent. Janet is thorough and conscientious in approach to her own writing, as well as to the literature and creative writing courses that she teaches. She is an inspiring person, keen to encourage all her students to achieve their potential in writing projects. She has a lively personality and makes classes fun, interesting and stimulating. I have no hesitation in recommending that you include Janet in the Artscape listings.'
Retention Programme Co-ordinator, Unit for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching, University of Kent.

Comment on Janet Cameron's writing by Valerie Dunmore, Chairman of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists:

Joyce Grenfell, also once President of our Society, is revered as queen of the monologue, but Janet Cameron's winning entry (in the Clemence Dane competition) is proof that she has the imagination and literary discipline to produce a script equal to anything in Joyce Grenfell's repertoire.

John Walter Salver, (Humorous short story) 2007, THIRD PRIZE
Clemence Dane (Monologue) October, 2007 FIRST PRIZE
John Walter Salver (Article, Sense of Place) December, 2006 THIRD PRIZE
The Elizabeth Longford Trophy (Poem) May, 2006 COMMENDED
John Walter Salver, (Short Story) December, 2005 HIGHLY COMMENDED
The Elizabeth Longford Trophy (Poem) May, 2005 HIGHLY COMMENDED


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