Why take on a mentor?

You've been told you're a talented writer, and you've certainly put in the hours.

You may have had a couple of short stories published or been shortlisted in competitions. You'd like to see more of your work in print. You want to build an online presence without it becoming a distraction. One day you hope to have a collection of stories or a novel published. 

I can help.

As a published short story writer used to juggling the demands of work and family life, I understand how finding the time for your creative ambitions can be hard.

Taking on a creative writing mentor can make all the difference.

 

Start by working out where you want to go with your writing.

I was a bit lost, and Louise helped me work out what I wanted to achieve. I am now submitting more regularly to journals and competitions.
— Anna M
 

Define a clear set of goals and work towards them. 

 
Our approach was for me to send Louise a story before each session for her to give forensic analysis and feedback. I went away with clear ideas on what to work on. The sessions were relaxed and enjoyable, but always had a clear focus.
— Cheryl P

My background as a journalist and copywriter means I can teach you valuable editing skills.

Louise showed how you can take 500 words out of a 3,000 word story and improve it. My editing has becoming sharper as a result.
— Cheryl P
 

I take on students from around the world. I teach people studying creative writing, and people who have never set foot in a university. You could be 17 or 77 ... all I need to know is that you have talent and the will to succeed.

I work one-to-one by:

  • Meeting up  - within 25 miles of Birmingham, UK
  • Emailing - great for getting your work into shape and setting goals
  • Skype - blocks of three, six or twelve sessions are available

First, show me a sample of your creative writing. If I can help you, we'll agree a set number of mentoring sessions and clear goals. I tend to work best with writers who have some experience and are seeking to up their game. 

I charge a fixed fee per hour, with a discount for students. For a rate card with a full breakdown of all my mentoring, manuscript appraisal and editing services, please email even if it's just to say hi. 


I'm happy to take on additional tasks, such as preparing an MA application or editing a collection of stories.

Perhaps the biggest milestone of all was my decision to apply to do an MA in Writing. Louise helped me with my personal statement and helped me to select the best pieces for my portfolio. I was accepted at Warwick University.

You know how you carry around all these hopes, but find it hard to make space for them? I can set you on the right path.

I have two decades' experience as a published writer and editor. Creative writing mentoring unlocks your potential and boosts your productivity. Bring me on board and I'll help you improve your writing and work out where to go next.

What does success look like to you?