Community Learning Hub

A community-based learning membership focused on two important principles: developing writing craft and fostering close writing relationships

WriteMentor is proud of its community of storytellers. We wanted to connect children’s writers on one platform, which is why we’ve created our Community Learning Hub. 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.

The Hub 2021 has two Writers-in-Residence who work specifically to help members develop their craft and industry knowledge. For novelists, Blue Peter Book Award winner and Brightstorm author Vashti Hardy. For Picture Book writers, SCBWI-BI Crystal Kite Award winner and The Tide author Clare Helen Welsh.

Find out more about our Writers-in-Residence.

The Learning Hub has two membership levels:

LEVEL ONE (£12 a month)

– online modules on every aspect of craft and each stage of the writing journey, from idea to post-publication – all the modules are on this website and are accessible when logged in and with a Level 1 or 2 membership.

From that very first spark of an idea, to building up a career and a living as a published writer, we have modules on almost everything imaginable – and will continue to add to this clear, continuous pathway for your writing development. 

We are committed to being with you the whole way, to publication and beyond. 

We are a community for life.

With contributions from top published authors including: Alex Sheppard, Aisha Bushby, Catherine Emmett, Clare Helen Welsh, Emma Read, Lauren James, Lindsay Galvin, Liz Flanagan, Marisa Noelle, Maz Evans, Melinda Salisbury, Simon James Green and agent/author Chloe Seager.

Click here to access the online modules. Please ensure you are logged in to view module 2 onwards.

– monthly online critique groups (from PB to YA)

These will follow the WriteMentor guidelines, which will be distributed and applied at all critique group meetings. You will be split into a critique group channel on Slack where you can post extracts, return feedback and arrange meeting times to host the Zoom feedback session (once a month).

– monthly book club

Read a Picture Book, Chapter Book, Middle Grade, or Young Adult every month and discuss with book club members from the perspective of writers as well as readers. Plus, members have the opportunity to chat to the author of the book at the end of the month in a live Q&A session – guests have included Patrice Lawrence, Louie Stowell, and Catherine Emmett.

pitch hero

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

– monthly beyond-the-agent chats

An informal chance to chat with and ask questions with a range of industry professionals and published authors on life beyond writing a great story and signing with an agent – because that’s when the real hard work starts – making a career!

LEVEL TWO (£24 a month)

– as above plus: 

– kid beta readers

We will give members the opportunity to have an age-matched kid reading either 3 x full PB text or first 3 chapters (up to a max of 10,000 words) of your novel. The kids will be given a framework to deliver feedback to try to make it meaningful for you, as well as being allowed to give their undiluted child thoughts.

Due to increased interest, we will, understandably, limit this to one submission package a year, and don’t worry, all the kid readers will be getting rewarded with book tokens for doing this! They get to read great stories for free and get tokens to buy even more books, and read even more – what a result! 

Florianne will arrange this for you, so simply send her an email or message when you would like to do it.

– monthly webinars from our resident authors, plus guests throughout the year

For Picture Books, Clare Helen Welsh delivers a monthly recorded webinar on PB craft or other related aspects.

For Novelists, Vashti Hardy delivers a monthly recorded webinar on novel writing craft or other related aspects.

The webinars include three exercises from Clare and Vashti for you to try while you watch.

You will have access to both Clare and Vashti’s Webinars/Workshops, regardless of whether you are a PB or novel writer, so for those of you who crossover, this really is a double win! 

We will also have irregular chats with industry experts and authors, but this will be on an ad-hoc basis.

monthly workshops from our resident authors, plus guests throughout the year

For Picture Books, Clare Helen Welsh does a live analysis workshop, giving close feedback on willingly submitted PB texts.

For Novelists, Vashti Hardy does a live analysis workshop, giving close feedback on willingly submitted novel extracts, with a focus on specific craft aspects.

The workshops are live on either on Slack or Zoom (depending on which suits the workshop best) involve Clare or Vashti looking at your work (if you want to volunteer it). They highlight key strengths and areas for development to give you an insight into the minds of top authors as they edit work.

A recording of each workshop will also be available after the live session for those who could not make the scheduled date.

Access both Clare and Vashti’s webinars/workshops, regardless of whether you are a PB or novel writer, so for those of you who crossover, this really is a double win! 

We will also have irregular chats with industry experts and authors, but this will be on an ad-hoc basis.

Become a member of our Community Hub

*There is no fixed term for the membership – you can stay for 1 month or 12 (or longer, hopefully!)

*Please note we are not VAT registered, which means from 1st May, membership prices will be 20% higher (ie £12 and £24).

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

Scholarships for underrepresented writers

We are offering 5 x 12 month scholarships for level 2 for underrepresented writers. We consider any minority group, which is underrepresented, to be eligible for this.

Places have now been allocated for 2021.

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