For Writers 2018-06-21T09:29:08+00:00

Mentoring Help for Writers

Manuscript appraisal and mentoring

I’ve been mentoring other writers for many years and enjoy working closely with them to develop their writing skills whether they’re writing for pleasure or for publication. I love those moments when students go on to achieve publication or competition success.

Please get in touch if you think you might like me to work with you.

Short fiction

Appraisal of up to four short stories with a total word count of up to 10,000 words – £75.

Ongoing mentoring available on request. With this service we work together to develop your skills, either generally or with particular markets or competitions in mind (fees to be discussed).

Long fiction

Appraisal of the opening of a novel (including synopsis) with a total word count of up to 10,000 words – £75.

Ongoing mentoring available on request. With this service, we work together to develop your novel (fees to be discussed).

Appraisal of an entire finished novel (including synopsis and, if you wish it, pitch letter) – fee variable. Please get in touch for a quotation.

Talks and workshops

I enjoy delivering talks to readers and writers alike, and I also enjoy delivering workshops. Please get in touch if you’d like to explore the possibilities of a talk or workshop for your group or event.

Feeling short of inspiration just now?

I’ll be including occasional idea prompts here to get you started.

Tip 1

The scene: A summer fete

Peaceful, you might think. But what if :

  • Your lead character thought they saw someone who was supposed to be dead?
  • Your lead character saw their partner kissing someone else?
  • The ice cream van ran out of ice cream?
  • A dog ran amok?
  • A child went missing?

Are the ideas flowing? I hope so.