MEET OUR COURSE LEADERS

WriteMentor course leaders specialise in all genres and age ranges of children's fiction, from Picture Book to Young Adult, and help writers develop their craft, forge industry links, and launch their publishing careers
Maz Evans

Maz Evans

Author | WHO LET THE GODS OUT (series)

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 and received over 20 award nominations, including the Carnegie Medal, Branford Boase, Books Are My Bag and Waterstone’s Children’s Book of the Year. Her acclaimed creative writing events have featured at Hay, Imagine, Edinburgh, Bath and Latitude.

Emma Read

Emma Read

Author | MILTON THE MIGHTY (series)

Milton the Mighty is Emma’s first novel and was shortlisted for the 2017 Bath Children’s Novel Award and named as one of the Times Children’s Books of the Year 2019. Her second novel, Milton the Megastar, is out now. Emma regularly goes into schools to run events and workshops. She was once a very sensible biologist but now she uses her transferable talents such as attention to detail, patience and fine motor skills, to extract Lego from under the sofa. And of course to write children’s books.

Aisha Bushby

Aisha Bushby

Author | A POCKETFUL OF STARS

Aisha‘s debut middle grade novel, A Pocketful of Stars, was published by Egmont in August 2019 and her second novel Moonchild: Voyage of the Lost and Found will be published in August 2020. Aisha studied English literature and Philosophy at the University of Birmingham and works part-time as a bookseller. Her dream is to live in a house where the animals – preferably cats – outnumber the people. Her short story, Marionette Girl, features in a YA anthology published by Stripes Publishing. 

Alexandra sheppard

Alexandra sheppard

Author | OH MY GODS

Alex is a Young Adult Author based in North London. Her debut novel Oh My Gods was published by Scholastic UK in January 2019 and has since received coverage from The Guardian, Refinery 29 and Buzzfeed. Alex also runs school workshops and talks around the UK exploring creative writing and Greek mythology.

Lindsay Galvin

Lindsay Galvin

Author | THE SECRET DEEP

Lindsay is the author of Young Adult novel The Secret Deep and Middle Grade novel Darwin’s Dragons. She has a degree in English Language and Literature, is fascinated by psychology and the natural world, and teaches Science. She is a WriteMentor mentor, #WMChat host, and writer of WriteMentor ‘The Anxious Author‘ blog series. 

Clare Helen Welsh

Clare Helen Welsh

Author | THE TIDE

Clare writes picture book texts – sometimes funny and sometimes lyrical. Her first picture book was published in 2015, and she currently has books in development with Little Tiger Press, Quarto, Andersen and Nosy Crow. She does school visits and offers critique services. Clare lives in Devon with her husband and two children.

LAUREN JAMES

LAUREN JAMES

Author | THE LONELIEST GIRL IN THE UNIVERSE

Lauren is the twice Carnegie-nominated author of The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. Her books have sold over a hundred thousand copies worldwide and shortlisted for the YA Book Prize and STEAM Children’s Book Award. Her writing is described as ‘gripping romantic sci-fi’ by the Wall Street Journal.

KESIA LUPO

KESIA LUPO

Editor & Author | WE ARE BLOOD AND THUNDER

Kesia studied History at Oxford University and Creative Writing at Bath Spa. She lives in Bristol with her husband and works as a children’s book editor, writing in the mornings before work. Her debut YA novel, We are Blood and Thunder, is published by Bloomsbury. Kesia is also a Senior Editor at Chicken House. 

JENNY PEARSON

JENNY PEARSON

Author | THE SUPER MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF FREDDIE YATES

Jenny‘s debut children’s novel The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates was published by Usborne in 2020. It was subject to a major 8-way auction, has already been sold in 18 languages, and was named Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month. She was a WriteMentor mentee and now mentor.

MELVIN BURGESS

MELVIN BURGESS

Author | JUNK

Often described as the ‘godfather’ of Young Adult fiction in Britain, Melvin has won various prestigious awards, including the Carnegie medal for Junk, but many of his books have been met with as much outrage as success. He has written about a range of subjects, including heroin addiction, teenage sex, Alzheimer’s and cosmetic surgery. Occasionally his work veers into fantasy.

JASBINDER BILAN

JASBINDER BILAN

Author | ASHA AND THE SPIRIT BIRD

Jasbinder‘s debut novel Asha and the Spirit Bird won the 2019 Costa Children’s Book Award, was nominated for the 2020 CILIP Carnegie Medal, featured in The Guardian’s best books of 2019, and won The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2017. Jasbinder is a teacher who lives near Bath, in England, with her husband, two sons and her dog.

VASHTI HARDY

VASHTI HARDY

Author | BRIGHTSTORM

Vashti‘s middle grade fantasies are published across the world in several languages. Wildspark won the Blue Peter Book Award ‘Best Story’ in 2020 and the FCBG Children’s Book Awards and Brightstorm was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and Books are My Bag Awards. Brightstorm was also selected for Independent Booksellers Book of the Season.

WRITEMENTOR PARTNERS

WriteMentor is grateful for its community of authors, agents, editors and other industry professionals who support the organisation through leading courses, judging awards, hosting 1-2-1 pitching sessions and mentoring writers

AJ Sass | Author

Alex English | Author

Alexandra Levick | Agent

Alice Broadway | Author

Alice Ross | Author

AM Dassu | Author

Amber Caraveo | Agent

Amber R. Duell | Agent

Amy McCawaw | Author

Amy Wilson | Author

Amy Beashel | Author

Anna Mainwaring | Author

Anna Britton | Author

Anne Clark | Agent

Arianne Costner | Author

B.B. Swann | Author

Ben Davis | Author

Brandy Woods Snow | Author

Candace Robinson | Author

Carla Lewis | Author

Caroline Murphy | Author

Carolyn Ward | Author

Catherine Emmett | Author

Charlotte Lo | Author

Chloe Seager | Agent

Christine E Webb | Author

Chris Billingsley | Author

CJ Skuse | Author

Chio Zoe | Author

Claire Fayers | Author

Claire Winn | Author

Clare Wallace | Author

Christabel McKinley | Agent

Cynthia Murphy | Author

Cortney Radocaj | Agent

Damaris Young | Author

Danielle Jawando | Author

Dave Rudden | Author

Deborah Maroulis | Author

Deeba Zargarpur | Author

Donna David | Author

Destinee Schriner | Author

Ellie Lock | Author

Eloise Williams | Author

Eden Endfield | Author

Emily Critchley | Author

Emily Layne | Author

Emma Perry | Author

Emma Smith-Barton | Author

Eugene Lambert | Author

Fiona Longmuir | Author

Florence Rees | Author

Gabriel Dylan | Author

Gabrielle Kent | Author

Genevieve Herr | Author

Gerardo Delgadillo | Author

Gillie Russell | Author

Graham Tugwell | Author

George Jreije | Author

Haleh Agar | Author

Haleigh Wenger | Author

Hannah Kates | Author

Hannah Gold | Author

Hannah Sheppard | Agent

Heather Powell | Author

Helen Harvey | Author

Holly Sterling | Author

James Nicol | Author

Jasmine Richards | Author

Jenni Spangler | Author

Jen Griswell | Author

Jo Gatford | Author

Jo Williams | Author

Joan Haig | Author

Joanna Moult | Agent

Jodi Herlick | Author

Jon Cox | Author

Jonathan Eyers | Author

Joseph Elliot | Author

Josephine Hayes | Author

Juli Caveny | Author

Julia Churchill | Agent

Julie Marney Leigh | Author

Julie Pike | Author

Julie Sykes | Author

Kaitlyn Johnson | Author

Kate Brauning | Author

Kate Foster | Author

Kate Greenstreet | Agent

Kate Shaw | Agent

Kathryn Kettle | Author

Kate Nash | Agent

Kat Kerr | Agent

Kristen Jacques | Author

Kathryn Clark | Author

Katrina Charman | Author

Katya Balen | Author

Karah Sutton | Author

KC Karr | Author

Kereen Getten | Author

Kortney Price | Author

Kimberly Wisnewski | Author

Lauren Gardner | Agent

Laura West | Agent

Lauren Spieler | Agent

Lina Langlee | Agent

Lisette Auton | Author

Liz Flanagan | Author

Louie Stowell | Author & Editor

Louisa Reid | Author

Lu Hersey | Author

Lucy Irvine | Agent

Lucy Van Smit | Author

Ludo Cinelli | Agent

Lydia Massiah | Author

Lydia Silver | Author

Lynnette Novak | Agent

Lee Van Brakle | Author

M. Dalto | Author

Maisie Chan | Author

Marisa Noelle | Author

Mandy Rabin | Author

Mark Illis | Author

Mel Darbon | Author

Megan Carroll | Agent

Meagan Dallner | Author

Melissa Hyder | Author

Melissa Welliver | Author

Mimi Thebo | Author

Miriam Craig | Author

Molly Shaffer | Author

Natasha Pulley | Author

Nicole Payne | Author

Nicole Wolverton | Author

NM Brown | Author

Nicole Brake | Author

Olivia Levez | Author

P.M. Freestone | Author

Patrice Lawrence | Author

Polly Nolan | Agent

Rachel Leyshon | Author

Olivia Levez | Author

Rachel Mann | Agent

Rashmi Sirdeshpande | Author

Rhian Ivory | Author

Rowena House | Author

Robbie Guillory | Agent

Sabrina Prestes | Author

Sallyanne Sweeney | Author

Sam Copeland | Agent & Author

Sandra Sawicka | Agent

Sara Grant | Author

Sarah Barkoff Palma | Author

Simon James Green | Author

Sarah Juckes | Author

Sarah Lampkin | Author

Sarah Lewis | Author

Sarah Daniels | Author

Serena Patel | Author

Skylaar Amann | Author

Sharon M. Johnston | Author

Sophie Anderson | Author

Sophie Cameron | Author

Sophie Cleverly | Author

Sophie Kirtley | Author

Tamara Kawar | Author

Tanya Landman | Author

Tasha Harrison | Author

Therese Coen | Agent

Tessa David | Author

Tita Berredo | Author

Tracy Darnton | Author

Victoria Woolfe | Author

Zoe Plant | Author