J. Paul Dyson studied English at the University of Cambridge, where he co-founded an annual literary anthology for Downing College. He has been placed as winner and runner-up in a number of writing competitions, and has had short fiction and poetry published in a variety of magazines. After graduation he went on to work as an Assistant Editor, Editor, and ultimately Senior Editor for Thomson Reuters. In 2001 he founded firstwriter.com, which quickly established itself as one of the world’s most important international websites for writers. In 2008 he launched its sister-site, MusicSocket, to provide a similar service for musicians.