Areas of Expertise: Creative writing
Courses taught: Creative Writing
Menna van Praag is the author of six magical realism novels and a fantasy trilogy: The Sisters Grimm. Her publications have been translated into 26 languages. She specialises in speculative fiction but supports students writing novels in all genres.
After studying Modern History at Balliol College, Oxford, Menna returned home to Cambridge to study creative writing and work as a freelance journalist and script reader for BBC Films and TV. After publishing her first novel in 2011, Menna began teaching creative writing at institutions including Cambridge University’s Institute of Continuing Education and the Cambridge School of Drama & the Creative Arts, before joining ARU as an RLF fellow in 2021 where she also teaches on the MA Creative Writing's 'The History of the Novel' module.
Menna currently teaches on the following modules:
Night of Demons & Saints (London, Transworld & New York: Harper Voyager 2022)
The Sisters Grimm (London, Transworld & New York: Harper Voyager 2020)
The Patron Saint of Lost Souls (London, Allison & Busby, 2019)
The Lost Art of Letter Writing (London, Allison & Busby, 2017)
The Witches of Cambridge (London, Allison & Busby & New York: Penguin Random House 2016)
The Dress Shop of Dreams (London, Allison & Busby & New York: Penguin Random House 2015)
The House at the End of Hope Street (London, Allison & Busby & New York: Penguin, 2013)
Men, Money & Chocolate (London & New York: Hay House, 2011)