The Name

We called these courses Dark Angels because they're based on the ideas about writing and language at work put forward by John Simmons in his book of the same name.  John says: 'Let us explore our potential through words, words that soar off the page, fly out of the screen, into the imaginations of others.  Let us live up to our abilities as dark angels.'   Dark Angels, How Writing Releases Creativity At Work   (Cyan 9.99)

The Tutors
John Simmons

John Simmons was formerly director of verbal identity at Interbrand in London, and is now an independent writer and a director of The Writer www.thewriter.co.uk. He writes for companies big and small, national and international. He runs workshops through The Writer and D&AD, and is on the Campaign Board for the Norwich International Writers' Centre. His many books include We, Me, Them & It, Dark Angels, The Invisible Grail and 26 Ways of Looking at a Blackberry, as well as three books in Cyan's Great Brand Stories series on Starbucks, the Arsenal and Innocent Drinks. His most recent book, co-written with Jamie Jauncey, is Room121: a masterclass in writing and communication in business. He is a founder director of 26 www.26.org.uk.

Stuart Delves

Stuart Delves has over 25 years' experience as a commercial writer and has worked for major clients in virtually every sector. Based in a sixteenth century garret in Edinburgh's Old Town he trades under the name Henzteeth. With the Arvon Foundation then Bloom Reading Holidays he has run over 130 residential courses. In 2003 he launched a scheme with Arts & Business Scotland, putting poets and novelists into the working environment - Writers in the Workplace. Stuart was a founder member of 26 in Scotland and the initiator of the 26 Malts project. He has written a book about Scotch Whisky for the Great Brand Stories series. He is also a poet and playwright.

Jamie Jauncey

Jamie Jauncey has written for businesses for longer than he cares to remember. Today he works with groups and organisations of all kinds on the power of language and stories to transform the way we see the world and our place in it. A founder member of 26 in Scotland, Jamie has published five novels – two of them shortlisted for the Royal Mail Scottish Children's Book of the Year Award – and is also a musician. His most recent book, co-written with John Simmons, is Room121: a masterclass in writing and communication in business. A former chairman of the Society of Authors in Scotland and member of the Scottish Arts Council's Literature Committee, today he is a director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the world's largest literary festival. www.jauncey.co.uk


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"So much has changed in my life recently and I really believe the Dark Angels course has helped me through it."
– Kathleen Aiken Rojas