Sylvia gained a Doctor of Fine Art degree in Creative Writing from University of Glasgow in 2018.
She received a Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award for Children’s fiction in 2013/14.
She has attended Arvon Foundation and Moniack Mhor writing courses with authors including: Malorie Blackman, Melvin Burgess, Val McDermid, Louise Welsh, Simon Brett and Stuart MacBride.
With extensive experience working in a variety of educational settings, Sylvia is available for creative writing workshops for teenagers and adults.
Profile and Awards:
Sylvia gave a presentation on her DFA research to the National Association of Writers in Education conference in 2017 and an article based on her findings is published in their magazine, Writing in Education.
Sylvia was shortlisted for the Penguin Random House mentorship scheme following their WriteNow Live initiative for under-represented writers.
As a winner of a HiWireless radio drama development competition she received scriptwriting mentoring with Chris Dolan. As a winner of an IdeasTap film development competition she attended a workshop with Screen Arts Institute in association with Working Title Films, London.
Sea Change, a young adult novel, was winner of the Scottish Association of Writers (SAW) Pitlochry Quaich and was shortlisted for the Caledonia Novel Award. Sea Change will be published by Stone Cold Fox Press in 2019.
Deleted, a young adult novel, was winner of the SAW TC Farries Trophy.
Safe Ground, a young adult novel, was winner of the SAW Constable Prize, it was submitted by University of Glasgow for the Sceptre Prize in 2013 and was longlisted in the MsLexia Children’s novel competition.
One Last Push, a radio play featuring Gary Lewis and Sharon Rooney, produced by Amanda Millan and directed by Allan de Pallette, was broadcast by BBC Radio Scotland in December 2015.
A Time to Leave, a short story, was winner of the SAW John Severn trophy and was longlisted in BBC Radio 4 Opening Lines.
Oban – The Perfect Destination, a short story, was winner of the Tarbet Book Festival Competition.
Ruralba, a screenplay for a children’s TV series was longlisted in BBC SCRIPTROOM 7.
Sylvia was invited to appear at a literary event at Belldrum Festival in 2014 where she read selected passages from her teenage fiction.
Sylvia is a member of the Society of Authors(SoA), the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE).