At WriteMentor, we want to give you the opportunity to develop your writing craft and skills under the expert tutelage of our top course leaders. We offer a range of courses, suitable for novices to more accomplished and experience writers. A full list and description of each course is below.

All of our courses sell out quickly, so if you’d like to be put on an Advanced Interest list (with no obligation, but first refusal on new courses) then sign up here.


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*** NEW TO 2021 ***

5 WEEK WRITECHARACTER – EMMA READ

Thursday 25th February to Thursday 25th March (8pm-9pm)

Price: £79

Is your protagonist having an identity crisis? Is the phrase: “I couldn’t connect with the characters” haunting your nightmares? Are the stars of your story feeling a bit two dimensional?

Join Milton the Mighty author Emma Read on this five-week exploration of character. Week by week you’ll be unpicking how characters work – how they drive plot through agency, find their voice and leave a lasting impression on the reader.

Emma will also be examining the role of the antagonist, how to write from alternative points of view and the role of secondary and other supporting characters.

There will be in-session tasks, discussion and feedback, including a final, collaborative, session to create a team of characters for an imaginary piece of fiction. 

Inspired by the character sessions from her previous course on writing Young Middle Grade fiction, Emma is here to help you build an engaging cast that will bring your novel to life.

CLICK HERE for more information and further details on the course outline

*** NEW TO 2021 ***

5 WEEK WRITEWORDS – LINDSAY GALVIN

Monday 18th January to Monday 15th February (8pm-9pm)

Price: £79

Ever admired a sentence written by your favourite author and wondered how they do it? Or been so immersed in a good story you barely notice the words at all, but feel like you are there? The good news is the construction of sentences that sing ‘professional storyteller’ is a craft that can be learned, a skill that can be honed.

Improve your storytelling at the word and sentence level, develop your writing style, and refine your fine editing skills with author Lindsay Galvin (THE SECRET DEEP, DARWIN’S DRAGONS) on this brand-new writing fundamentals course. 

This course is inspired by Lindsay’s work as a mentor and editor where she often helps writers with the nuts-and-bolts of their writing. In the 5-week WriteWords course for children’s and Young Adult writers, Lindsay will teach you tools and techniques, pick through conflicting writing advice and address the specifics of how the written word we are all familiar with can be used to the best effect in your storytelling. 

Each week, discover a different craft aspect, guided by tasks and resources written by Lindsay herself. Develop your writing with the support and encouragement of your fellow participants as a separate peer-feedback channel is provided for you to post your weekly tasks where and you are encouraged to edit your fellow writer’s work. At the end of the five-week course Lindsay will line-edit a 1000 word extract of your work. 

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6-week WriteMaster Young Adult course with author Alexandra Sheppard

Tuesday 16th February to Tuesday 23rd March

Current price: £99

Learn how to write a novel for children with author Alexandra Sheppard (OH MY GODS) and literary agent Jo Williamson (Antony Hardwood Ltd).

In her 6-week WriteMaster course, author Alexandra Sheppard will teach you tools and techniques to effectively writing a novel that teenagers will love.

Each week, discover a different craft aspect of writing Young Adult fiction, guided by tasks and resources written by Alexandra herself. Develop your writing with the support and encouragement of your fellow participants and then, at the end of each week, Alexandra and your peers will review your work.

In the final week, Lindsay will be joined by leading literary agent Jo Williamson of Antony Harwood Ltd, where she will focus on the most important part of your novel: the first page. Jo will discuss how you can hook an agent, but more importantly, your readers.

Affordable and accessible step-by-step development courses with expert insights into the writing and publishing world. Plus, discover what makes WriteMentor unique: a close-knit group of fellow writers who will support you long after the course is finished.

“The course was everything I expected and more. Getting weekly guidance on the fundamentals on writing for the Young Adult audience was brilliant. I am now so much clearer on how to build a character, plot and structure my story. To actually get access to speak to an agent at the end of the course was also excellent – my time is limited with two small children so I feel more confident in where to focus my attention.”

Nicola Emmett

I have done many of these online writing courses over the years and this has to be the best value one I’ve ever done. With one hour interactive tutorials, reading lists, preparation packs, and even homework with feedback from a fabulous published author, I feel spoiled by this course.Alex managed to unlock parts of my brain I didn’t know were there with her brilliant exercises that got to the heart of my novel idea and characters. It was also great to chat with course mates on days in-between sessions in our own private chat room, and to bounce ideas off each other. I have left the course with a cohort of new writing pals and the first two chapters of a brand new story idea, with a plot in place to boot. Would recommend this course to anyone, especially if you are in a writing rut.

Melissa Welliver

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6-week WriteMaster Middle Grade course with author Lindsay Galvin

Tuesday 16th February to Tuesday 23rd March

Current price: £99

Learn how to write a novel for children with author Lindsay Galvin (THE SECRET DEEP, DARWIN’S DRAGONS) and literary agent Chloe Seager (Madeleine Milburn).

In her 6-week WriteMaster course, author Lindsay Galvin will teach you tools and techniques to make your novel stand out in the ever-growing Middle Grade children’s fiction market (8-12 year olds).

Each week, discover a different craft aspect of writing Middle Grade, guided by tasks and resources written by Lindsay herself. Develop your writing with the support and encouragement of your fellow participants and then, at the end of each week, Lindsay and your peers will review your work.

In the final week, Lindsay will be joined by leading literary agent Chloe Seager of Madeleine Milburn Literary, where she will focus on the most important part of your novel: the first page. Chloe will discuss how you can hook an agent, but more importantly, your readers.

Affordable and accessible step-by-step development courses with expert insights into the writing and publishing world. Plus, discover what makes WriteMentor unique: a close-knit group of fellow writers who will support you long after the course is finished.

I’d hoped this course would get me excited about writing again, but I never expected to learn so much in just six weeks. It’s been brilliantly practical and the homework tasks have been pitched just right. The group chat and the insight from Lindsay has given me a real boost – I was in quite a dark place wanting to give up on the whole thing but it’s been a lovely encouraging experience. Thank you WriteMentor!

Catherine Prescott

What an amazing course and an amazing opportunity offered by WriteMentor. The course was incredibly well thought out and planned and I didn’t realise there was so much that I didn’t yet know about writing. As I am only at the very beginning of my writing journey, the knowledge and skills shared as well as the feedback and support given has been invaluable. I would highly recommend and am looking forward to completing another course soon!

Lindsay Clayton

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PREPARING FOR SUBMISSION – AISHA BUSHBY (and guest agent LUCY IRVINE)

Monday 1st February to Monday 8th March 

Current price: £120

Aisha Bushby, author of A Pocketful of Stars and reader for Eve White literay agency, will lead this 6 week course, taking you from pitch to (potentially) publication.

The course outline is below, and each week will focus on a different aspect of preparing for submission. Aisha will provide notes on these areas at the start of each week to give you an opportunity to fine tune your own work, then you’ll post it up for tutor and peer review.

In the final week, Aisha will be joined by Lucy Irvine of PFD, to discuss the whole submission package – letter, synopsis and first 3 chapters – to ensure it’s in the best possible shape before being sent out to agents/publishers. Lucy will also give you all feedback on your 1st page, synopsis and query letter. 

This course offered so much insight – not just from a published writer’s perspective but, crucially, from that of an agency reader. I feel so much better-placed to submit having really honed my package. And, on top of all that, it was great fun too.”

Andy McFarlane

“The most worthwhile course I have ever been on! It thoroughly prepares you for submitting your work to agents and the information is current and from the experiences of someone who has seen querying from an author and agent’s perspective. The sessions are well organised and Aisha is an amazing tutor who gives back detailed and helpful feedback to help you edit your submission package so that it is fully ready for querying!”

Daisy Jervis

Aisha’s course was really practical and full of helpful tips. I signed with my agent almost straight afterwards thanks to Aisha helping me get my story and submission package shipshape!

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12 WEEK YA MENTORING COURSE – LAUREN JAMES (and guest agent HANNAH SHEPPARD)

Next course starts 19th April 2021

Current price: £600 (with £60 deposit)

This course is designed for writers of Young Adult 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.

And this round, we have added the something extra – feedback on your submission package from a top agent – read below to find out more!

We are also not doing our usual application process and instead places are available on a first come, first serve basis, so sign up now to secure your place.

CLICK HERE for more information and further details on the course outline


12 WEEK MG MENTORING COURSE – MAZ EVANS (and guest agent CHRISTABEL MCKINLEY)

Next course starts 19th April 2021

Current price: £600 (with £60 deposit)

This course is designed for writers of Middle Grade 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.

We are not doing our usual application process and instead places are available on a first come, first serve basis, so sign up now to secure your place.

And this round, we have added the something extra – feedback on your submission package from a top agent – read below to find out more!

CLICK HERE for more information and further details on the course outline


LEARN HOW TO WRITE A PICTURE BOOK IN 7 WEEKS – CLARE HELEN WELSH (and guest agent LYDIA SILVER)

Current price: £120

Clare Helen Welsh, author of both fiction and non-fiction picture book texts, will lead this 7 week course, taking you from concept to creation.

The course outline is below, and each week will focus on a different aspect of picture book writing. Clare will provide notes on these areas at the start of each week to give you an opportunity to fine tune your own work, then you’ll post it up for tutor and peer review.

In the final week, Clare will be joined by top literary agent, Lydia Silver, to discuss picture books submissions – and to get some feedback from Lydia – to ensure it’s in the best possible shape before being sent out to agents.

CLICK HERE for more information and further details on the course outline