Our Magnificent MG Mentoring course, with author of Who Let the Gods Out and it’s sequels, Maz Evans, is open for applications once again.

This course is designed for writers of MG fiction, who are already competent in the basics of writing craft, but wish to elevate their work to the next level.

It is a demanding, intense course which will require a huge degree of commitment from everyone who gets a place. But like pressure and heat does to graphite, you too can produce a diamond.


Start date: Monday 13th January 2020
End date: Sunday 3rd May 2020

Cost: £600
We prefer course fees to be paid in full, upon acceptance of a place on the course. However, payment plans can be arranged on request – do speak to Stuart if this is needed.

Tutor: Maz Evans

Course organiser/liaison: Stuart White

Number of students: 10

You must have written at least 15,000 words of a MG novel and be able to give feedback to two writers every week during the 15 week course. This is a COMPULSORY element of the course.

If more than 10 writers apply for the course, we will need to consider places on a selective basis, based upon the extracts that you submit along with your application.

Time commitment:
Approx 10 hours a week – this is an intense course and you should only apply if you feel you can commit this time for the duration of the 15 weeks.

Mechanics of feedback:
The students selected will send 2 x 5000 word extracts to Maz for critique (and then the revised 10k as your third submission) and also post 3 x 5000 word extracts for their 9 peers to critique.

Students may chose to have the same extracts reviewed by both Maz and their peers, or they can choose to post different ones.

Each student will also get a 1-2-1 phone/video consultation with Maz during the second half of the course to discuss progress, strengths, development areas and moving forward and their 3rd submission.

You will submit 3 extracts to Maz:

– Round 1: 1st 5K submitted – Maz feedback on paper – due 13th January.

– Round 2: 2nd 5K submitted – Maz feedback on paper – due 17th February.

– Round 3: Edited first 10K submitted – Maz feedback on Skype/phone – due 23rd March.

Every fortnight, Maz will produce a set of craft notes of a variety of writing topics.


APPLICATION FORM: https://forms.gle/SPV6tzR3Kd9Ftf5x5



At the end of the course, the following agents have agreed to look at your completed manuscript:

Lydia Silver (Darley Anderson) and Tessa David (PFD).


Maz’s debut children’s novel Who Let the Gods Out was published by Chicken House in February 2017 and was selected as the Waterstone’s Children’s Book of the Month. It entered the bestseller charts on its first week on sale, has sold to 17 countries worldwide and has received over 20 award nominations, including the Carnegie Medal, Branford Boase, Books Are My Bag and Waterstone’s Children’s Book of the Year. The sequel, Simply the Quest was published in August 2017, Beyond the Odyssey in April 2018 and Book 4 will publish in 2019. Maz also narrates the audiobooks for the series.

Her acclaimed creative writing events have featured at Hay, Imagine, Edinburgh, Bath, Cheltenham, Latitude, Wilderness and many other literary festivals and primary schools around the UK.

Maz began her career as a TV journalist, critiquing for The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Sun, and TV Times magazine and she still regularly broadcasts her views on anything from politics to parenthood on BBC Radio 2, BBC News, BBC Radio 4, Five Live and the bus. Maz has participated in the Casualty and Holby City BBC shadow schemes and her children’s poetry has been published in Caterpillar magazine.

Maz is much in demand as a comedy book and lyrics writer for the stage. Her original musical H. R. HAITCH, with composer Luke Bateman, is being produced by Iris Theatre at the Union Theatre, London in 2018. She has previously had shows produced at the Actors’ Church Covent Garden, Southend Palace Theatre and Bryanston Arts Centre. Her cabaret songs are regularly performed in the West End and beyond.

As a songwriter, Maz has won the Iris Theatre Work in Process songwriting award three years in succession (with composer Luke Bateman). As a scriptwriter, she won thescriptwriter.co.uk scriptwriting competition and a place in Philip Shelley’s Advanced Mentoring Lab at the London Screenwriters’ Festival. She was also shortlisted for the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum and the Scriptangel contest. As an author, she has won the hearts of thousands of children and as a nuclear physicist, she has been completely rubbish.

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