Community Learning Hub

Join a supportive community of storytellers

Develop writing craft, receive critique on your work from peers and kid readers, pitch your manuscript to agents, and learn from and network with industry experts through monthly workshops, webinars, and chats. Most importantly, foster life-long friendships with fellow writers.

Become a member of WriteMentor’s community learning Hub, an online platform for children’s writers at any stage of their writing and publishing journey. Open internationally!

The WriteMentor Hub feels like a library of knowledge and a year-round party rolled into one

Tracy Curran, author and Hub member

  • There is no fixed term for the monthly membership – you can stay for 1 month or 12 (or longer!)
  • Save 2 months (£30) compared to monthly by signing up to an annual membership

For only £15 a month, access…

Modules on writing craft, from initial ideas to post-publication
Supportive critique groups
Hub-exclusive agent pitching contests

A regular pitch contest for Hub members only judged by a top literary agent, who is on the lookout for new, exciting stories.

Writer’s toolkit

Live video workshops covering topics to expand a writer’s toolkit.

Q&As with industry experts

Ask industry professionals about life behind-the-scenes in the publishing world. Guests include editors, agents, publishers, illustrators, booksellers, publicists, and more.

Weekly writing springs

Everyday author Melissa Welliver, our Community Manager, hosts a fun and accessible writing sprint, with word count accountability as an option.

Monthly community catch-up

Author Melissa Welliver, our Community Manager, hosts monthly Zoom sessions where you can pop in and have a chat about how things are going with your writing, or anything else you’d like to chat about. As a published author, and with much experience of the writing journey, she will be able to offer you a shoulder to cry, or motivate you to keep going, or answer any questions or worries you have, as well as just being there to listen to you all and how your writing week has gone.

Community beta reading

Find a beta reader among fellow Hub members who can give feedback on your writing.

Writing conferences

Members-only conferences focused on children’s writing, for example, 2022 Picture Book and Novel weekends, where guest authors and industry professionals lead talks, workshops, and panels.

Face-to-face meet-ups

Join online groups organised by regions to facilitate real-life meet-ups with fellow writers in your area.

Support channels

Join Hub groups to gain support, encouragement and advice in various areas of children’s writing and publishing: Advice: Ask for general advice about writing and publishing. Traditional publishing: Get advice and support on the publishing process, particularly for already agented or traditionally published authors needing help with the next steps. Self publishing: Find out more about the process of self publishing your book. Celebrations: Celebrate your writing successes and those of fellow Hub members, big or small. Competitions and opportunities: Discover the latest competitions and opportunities in the children’s writing world. Goal setting: Set yourself monthly goals to keep yourself accountable.line groups organised by regions to help facilitate real-life meet-ups with fellow writers in your area.

Please note that the Hub is based on Slack. If you are unsure how to use Slack, read our WriteMentor guide to using Slack.

Over 40 hours of video content…and counting!

Every month, Hub members can access live events included in their membership, from Q&As with agents and editors to workshops on writing tools. These events run at different times during the week to enable our members across different time zones to attend.

All events are recorded and uploaded to our video archive, which Hub members can rewatch whenever they want. We don’t want our new members to miss out – when you join, gain instant access to over 40 hours of video content, listed below.

Spot an event below you want to watch? Join the Hub to access our video archive.

Q&As with published authors

Manjeet Mann

Alexandra Page

Holly Bourne

LD Lapinski

Catherine Doyle

Hannah Gold

Aisha Bushby

Rachael Davis

Q&As with agent and editors

Chloe Davis, Darley Anderson agent

Tegen Evans, Nosy Crow senior editor

Bella Pearson, Guppy Books founder

Callen Martin, Bell Lomax Moreton agent

Hannah Sheppard, HS-LA agent

Industry insights

‘Insights from a bookseller’ with The Children’s Bookshop owner Sanchita Basu De Sarkar

‘Understanding BookTube’ with author Amy Mccaw

‘The work of literary scouts’ with Netflix Creative Developer Clara Oeyen

‘Running a book blog’ with author Jo Clarke

‘Insights from a publisher’ with Guppy Books founder Bella Pearson

‘Creative writing & craft workshops’ with author Eve McDonnell

‘The work of a cover designer’ with illustrator Ness Wood

‘Running author PR campaigns’ with marketer & publicist Liz Binks

‘Understanding BookTok’ with author Rosie Talbot 

Writer’s toolkit

‘How to use Canva’

‘Newsletters as a marketing tool’

‘Pros and cons of working with a small publisher’

‘How to stand out in competitions’

‘Writer mental health and wellbeing’

‘How to write short stories’

‘Managing an author income’

‘Theatre techniques in storytelling’

‘Using social media’

‘Preparing for a debut’

‘Starting a writing business’ 

‘Public speaking skills’
‘Marketing & publicity tips’ 

One-off events

Chapter Book workshop with author Emma Finlayson-Palmer

Book Process, maps and many, many drafts!

Justin Davies: Book Club May 2022

Ideas workshop 

Plotting workshop 

Upcoming Events

  • There is no fixed term for the monthly membership – you can stay for 1 month or 12 (or longer!)
  • Save 2 months (£30) compared to monthly by signing up to an annual membership

Hub success stories

Hub member Arden Jones is represented by Molly Jamieson of United Agents

Hub member Melissa Kay Valente is represented by Alice Williams Literary

Hub member Aerin Apeltun’s The Amethyst Talisman is published by SmashBear Publishing

Hub member Jessica Mae Shelley is represented by Madeleine Milburn Agency

Hub member Nazima Pathan’s book Dream Hunters is acquired by Simon & Schuster.

Hub member Caroline Murphy is represented by Rachel Petty at The Blair Partnership

Hub member Zoe Arena is represented by The Catchpole Agency

Hub member Kristina Rahim is represented by Silvia Molteni of Peters Fraser + Dunlop

Hub member Becky Wilson is now represented by Rachel Mann of Jo Unwin Literary Agency

Hear from our Hub writers…

“I love the Hub. It’s a great community. Supportive and inspiring. The events are great – the workshops are an incredible gift. Highly recommend being a member.”

“Finding WriteMentor has been a revelation to me. The Hub opens many doors and friendships I never had before. The Hub offers an excellent variety of courses and the monthly cost is outstanding value. I don’t know if the team at WriteMentor realise how fantastic they are. They are like fabulous fairy godmothers and fathers, sprinkling magic and making dreams come true every day.”

Michelle R.

“The Hub is a wealth of amazing resources. I’ve learned from craft webinars and had my work critiqued by Writers in Residence. My pitch was been sent to an agent who gave feedback on what worked well. Plus the regular writing sprints have encouraged progress on a new book. All this and a fantastic community of writers to share the writing journey with.”

Marie D.

“The WriteMentor Hub has become an indispensable addition to my writing toolkit. Packed with enthusiasm, knowledge, experience and wisdom, it inspires and encourages me daily.”

Ian J.

“WriteMentor offers so many incredible opportunities to writers at all stages of their journey. Support, advice, education, fun and much much more! A true virtual community.”

Tara P.

“The WriteMentor Hub is such a warm, friendly and supportive place to be, with lots of opportunities to connect and learn from each other, as well as from industry experts. There’s so much going on you feel spoilt for choice.”

Elizabeth F.

“The WriteMentor Community Hub is one of the best resources out there for writers, no matter where you are on your journey. I would be lost without the support and camaraderie of the Hub, and I’m so grateful to the team and community!”

Vicki M.

“The WriteMentor Learning Community Hub provides a wealth of craft and industry advice. I’ve also found it to be an incredibly kind community of people keen to help and support others at every stage of their writing journey.”

Alex A.

“The WriteMentor Hub has been an invaluable aid to my writing and wellbeing. Being able to connect with a community of writers and have access to learning opportunities without having to leave my house has been a life changer as a chronically ill disabled writer who is housebound much of the time. Thank you for helping me feel part of life and a wonderful community.”

Katina W.

“The Writementor hub supports writers at ever stage of their writing journey and there is something for everyone. I can dip in and out of modules as and when I need to and there is always lots of support, advice and encouragement from the whole community.”

Jenny C.

“WriteMentor is the most inspiring, exciting, useful, friendly, supportive and KIND community for writers there is – I would be lost without it!”

Claire L.

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