Mentoring & script reviews
We all have friends, colleagues and relatives who will cast an eye over our work and tell us what they think. But in order to develop your writing further, you may reach a point where you need a dispassionate response from a professional who knows your genre and field of writing from the inside.
We offer two services to give you a professional view of how your work is progressing:
If you’re working through your first draft our tutors can show you how to overcome hurdles and develop your manuscript as you work towards completing it. Mentoring typically takes place over 12 months, but we can adapt timings according to your individual needs.
If you’ve completed the first draft of your script, or the first draft of a few chapters of a novel, our tutors can give you an honest critique and practical advice on how to move your work on. We’ll pair you with an expert on your chosen genre and field of writing who will review your manuscript and give you a detailed report.
Our mentors and reviewers are published authors, literary editors, screenwriters and writing tutors with a track record in their industry, from TV drama to fantasy, travel writing to non-fiction.
Tom Bromley is an author, editor and ghostwriter. He’s written eight books under his own name, both fiction and non-fiction, ghosted a further seven titles, including Sunday Times top ten bestsellers, and has edited more than 70 books. He teaches our Writing a Novel online course at the Faber Academy, and mentors writers for the Literary Consultancy and Falmouth University.
In this short video Tom talks about his career as a writer and commissioning editor.
As your mentor, Tom can help you to develop your novel or non-fiction idea.
Kris Kenway is a novelist, screenwriter, playwright and journalist. He’s written two novels and his short stories have appeared in the Barcelona Review, Arena, and Dazed & Confused. His plays Beirut Days and The Line were broadcast on BBC Radio 4. He teaches creative writing at Falmouth University and our Writing a Novel online course at the Faber Academy and has guest lectured at Al Akhawayn University in Morocco.
As your mentor, Kris can help you to develop your script, novel or short story collection.
Donald H Hewitt’s credits include the Oscar-winning animated film Spirited Away and the Oscar-nominated Howl’s Moving Castle. He’s completed feature film and TV drama projects at Pixar, Miramax, Working Title, Disney, New Line, Fox Animation, and ABC Family. He teaches screenwriting at UCLA, the Singapore Media Academy and the Austin Film Festival.
As your mentor, Donald can help you to develop your script.
David Roden is an award-winning scriptwriter, editor and director. In 1993 he wrote the Doctor Who story Dimensions In Time that featured all of the then living Doctors and later adapted the Official Schools version of We Will Rock You from Ben Elton’s original stage show. He trained as a script editor in the BBC’s Continuing Drama department and has script edited and produced for Casualty, and produced digital short form drama on shows such as Holby City, Doctors and EastEnders. He currently works as script editor on Coronation Street.
As your mentor, David can help you to develop your script idea.
Paul Kingsnorth is the author of two non-fiction books, One No, Many Yeses and Real England, and a collection of poetry, Kidland and other poems. A former Fleet Street journalist, Paul has written widely for newspapers, magazines and journals worldwide, has won awards for his poetry and essays, and has edited various publications, including The Ecologist magazine and the critically-acclaimed Dark Mountain series, of which he is co-founder. His first novel, The Wake, published in 2014, set a thousand years in the past and written in its own language, was described in The Guardian as ‘the most glorious experience I’ve had with a book in years’, and by the poet Heathcote Williams as ‘an astonishing feat of imagination.’ In 2014, The Wake was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize, and won the Gordon Burn Prize.
As your mentor, Paul can help you develop your creative non-fiction idea or novel.
Emily Barr is an award-winning novelist and a former Guardian journalist. A trip around the world writing a newspaper travel column started her career in fiction, when she used the Asian backpackers’s trail as a setting for her first novel, Backpack. She has now written twelve full-length novels, most recently the psychological thriller The Sleeper, and a novella, Blackout, for the Quick Reads series. Her thriller for young adults The One Memory of Flora Banks will be published globally by Penguin in January 2017, followed by a second YA novel set in Brazil. Emily teaches writing for the Arvon Foundation and mentors postgraduate students at Falmouth University.
As your mentor, Emily can help you develop women’s commercial fiction, YA, psychological thriller or crime novels.
Mark McNay gained a distinction on the prestigious MA in Creative Writing at UEA. His first novel, Fresh (Canongate), won the Arts Foundation New Fiction Award 2007 and the Saltire First Book of the Year Award. His second novel, Under Control (Canongate), was shortlisted for the Aye Write award in 2009. Mark’s short fiction has been shortlisted for the Norwich Prize, longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award 2013, and has been broadcast on Radio 4. He is presently writing a stage play. Mark has taught writing at UEA and Anglia Ruskin University and is an experienced teacher of creative writing online.
As your mentor, Mark can help you develop a novel or short fiction.
Mentoring or manuscript review: what’s my best option?
If you’re not sure which option is best for you, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief description of your work and a tutor will be in touch within a few hours suggesting the best option for you.