Online writing courses

Develop your writing craft, skills and confidence under the expert tutelage of our top course leaders

We offer a range of online writing courses, suitable for novices to more accomplished and experienced writers. A full list and description of each course is below.

Our courses mostly take place on Slack, a more accessible and inclusive platform. Slack enables us to build a community of writers that continue to support one another beyond the course. If you’re unfamiliar with Slack, check out our blog post here that explains the platform.

What do you want from a course?

Do you want to start a book for children or teens?

Try Jenny Pearson’s 5-week WriteStart course.

Do you want to write a picture book?

Try Clare Helen Welsh’s 7 week Picture Book course, with guest agent Lydia Silver.

Do you want to write a rhyming picture book?

Try Catherine Emmett’s 6-week WriteRhyme course.

Do you want to make sure your submission to agents has the best possible chance of success?

Try Aisha Bushby’s 6 week Preparing for Submission course, with feedback from agent Lucy Irvine, where you will examine effective synopsis, letters and opening 3 chapters, with weekly feedback from your tutor.

Do you want help with editing that first draft (or fiftieth!!)?

Try our 8-week FirstEdit course with Lindsay Galvin.

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Novelists

WriteStart

with Jenny Pearson

Price: £95

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Thinking of writing a book for children or teens? Join WriteMentor’s online WriteStart course, for anyone starting a new story. Over five weeks, author Jenny Pearson will guide you away from a blank page towards the first spark of an idea. With her support, build up your confidence to enter the wonderful world of writing.
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FirstEdit

with Lindsay Galvin

Price: £144

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Good writing is all in the editing. Writing is rewriting. But where to start? Don’t just dive in correcting those commas – approaching your edit with a plan will give you control and motivation, and save time. In this brand new, online 8-week FirstEdit course, author Lindsay Galvin will empower you to find what helps you, through trying a range of methods to work out the kind of editor you are. 

Join Lindsay and fellow writers on a comprehensive journey through tried and tested methods that will help you get the story on the page to sound like the one in your head.

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Preparing for Submission

with Aisha Bushby

Price: £144

Monday 7th March to 11th April

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Take the right step towards publication with our Preparing for Submission course – an essential course for anyone wanting to submit to agents.

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

Learn everything about finding the perfect agent for your children’s book, from searching for the right agent to editing your opening page and query package (cover letter and synopsis). Find out what to expect when you submit to an agent and how to respond when you receive interest. Most of all, Aisha’s course aims to bridge the gap between authors and agents. As a published author with experience working at literary agencies, Aisha can share insights from both sides of the table, helping to demystify the world of publishing.

In the final week, Aisha will be joined by Lucy Irvine of Peters Fraser + Dunlop (PFD), to discuss the whole submission package – letter, synopsis and first three 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. 

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.

This is a natural continuation for writers who have taken part in our craft courses and, especially those new to WriteMentor, a valuable way to cultivate friendships with fellow writers who offer you support during one of hardest, but most exciting parts, of becoming a children’s author.

Sessions take place on successive Monday evenings from 8-9pm (UK time).

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Testimonials

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!

Picture Books

Picture Books

with Clare Helen Welsh

Price: £144

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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.

Sessions take place on successive Monday evenings from 8-9pm (UK time).

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WriteRhyme

with Catherine Emmett

Price: £120

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Catherine Emmett, author of rhyming picture books, will lead a 6-week online course, which explores everything that you need to know about writing rhyming picture books. 

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Missed out on a course?

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


We also offer Untutored courses here, which you can sign up for and start at any time.

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