Comedy non-fiction, life writing, narrative non-fiction.
Three month mentoring.
Rosie Wilby is an award-winning comedian who has performed all around the world and on TV and radio. Her narrative nonfiction debut Is Monogamy Dead? (Accent Press) has been shortlisted for the Diva Literary Awards 2017 and longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize 2018. She was shortlisted in the Mslexia memoir competition in 2014, was the only U.K. writer selected for the LAMBDA writers’ retreat in Los Angeles in 2016, where she was tutored by Sarah Schulman, and has had articles published by The Guardian, New Statesman and many more.
She’s also a freelance publicist and has secured national press and media coverage for her book and slots at several major literary festivals. Rosie has been a visiting lecturer for University of Greenwich, a tutor for Morley College and a WOW Festival Southbank mentor.
'I’d love to mentor any writers who are exploring comedy, memoir, nonfiction, gender or LGBTQ writing. I can also offer guidance on marketing, PR and securing slots at Literary festivals and events if that becomes relevant. As far as advice on getting an agent and publisher goes, that would be specific to nonfiction. I wrote a substantial proposal for my book with chapter summaries and can help to structure one of these. I’ve also taught previously and led workshops and have mentoring experience.'
Is Monogamy Dead?
In early 2013, comedian Rosie Wilby found herself at a crossroads with everything she'd ever believed about romantic relationships. When people asked, 'who's the love of your life?' there was no simple answer. Did they mean her former flatmate who she'd experienced the most ecstatic, heady, yet ultimately doomed, fling with? Or did they mean the deep, lasting companionate partnerships that gave her a sense of belonging and family? Surely, most human beings need both.
Mixing humour, heartache and science, Is Monogamy Dead? details Rosie's very personal quest to find out why Western society is clinging to a concept that doesn't work that well for some of us and is laden with ambiguous assumptions.
'Part-memoir, part-discussion, and Wilby investigates everything from lesbian polyamory to straight marriage with wit and vulnerability, giving a fresh lexicon for understanding modern love.' The Irish Times
'Bittersweet, original, honest and so funny. Rosie Wilby nails the challenges of intimacy and romance in this depressing age of Tinder. Would it be wrong to end a life of monogamy and leave my husband for her?' Viv Groskop
'My favourite way to learn is when a funny, clever, honest person is teaching me – that's why I love Rosie Wilby!' Sara Pascoe
Listen to Rosie on The Riff Raff Podcast