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 deep, empathetic and compelling characters?

Try Emma Read’s 5 week WriteCharacter course, where you’ll be unpicking how characters work – how they drive plot through agency, find their voice and leave a lasting impression on the reader.

Do you want to improve your writing craft at the sentence level?

Try Lindsay Galvin’s 5 week WriteWords course, where you will improve your storytelling at the word and sentence level, develop your writing style, and refine your fine editing skills

Do you want to learn the main craft components to help you write a Middle Grade or Young Adult novel?

Try Alex Sheppard and Lindsay Galvin’s 6 week WriteMaster, with agents Jo Williamson/Chloe Seager, you will learn tools tools and techniques to effectively writing a novel that children and teenagers will love.

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 feedback on your first 3 chapters, letter and synopsis from a top literary agent BEFORE you send your work out to agents proper?

Try Maz Evans and Lauren James 12 week courses, with submission package feedback from agents Christabel McKinley and Hannah Sheppard.

Do you want intensive group and 1-2-1 mentoring from a published author, focusing on your opening 15-30,000 words?

Try Maz Evans and Lauren James 12 week courses, with submission package feedback from agents Christabel McKinley and Hannah Sheppard.

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.

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WriteCharacter

with Emma Read

Price: £95

Thursday 27th May – 24th June

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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.

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WriteWords

with Lindsay Galvin

Price: £79

Tuesday 27th April – 25th May

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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. 

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

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Testimonials

“This was such an enjoyable course and great value for money. Even though the sessions flew by they were jam-packed with information and tips. I loved the writing prompts, it helped me try new styles and pushed me to be a better writer. I can’t wait to put what I learned into practice in my own manuscripts. It was great to be able to connect with other writers.

Estelle Grace Tudor

Every single week I learnt a ton of new stuff and I feel like its made me a better writer. I would recommend it to anyone keen to hone their craft.

Alex Atkinson

Preparing for Submission

with Aisha Bushby

Price: £120

Monday 19th April – 24th May

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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!

WriteMaster YA

with Alexandra Sheppard

Price: £120

Tuesday 1st June – 6th July

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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 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.

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

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Testimonials

“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

Picture Books

with Clare Helen Welsh

Price: £144

Monday 10th May – 21st June

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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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WriteMaster MG

with Lindsay Galvin

Price: £120

Tuesday 1st June – 6th July

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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 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.

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

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Testimonials

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

Magnificent MG Mentoring

with Maz Evans

Price: £600

Monday 19th April12th July

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The Middle Grade fiction market is booming, enjoying its golden age of diverse author voices, expansive subject matters, and an international buzz, with authors fast becoming household names. But it can also be a challenging age group to engage, particularly when capturing that all-important narrative voice. 

Dive deep into writing Middle Grade fiction with Maz Evans, author of ‘Who Let the Gods Out’, who has been nominated for awards including the Carnegie Medal and Waterstone’s Book of the Year. Our comprehensive and advanced 12-week Middle Grade mentoring course is designed for authors already competent in the fundamentals of writing but who wish to elevate their work to the next level.

Receive thorough and constructive feedback from Maz and your peers to develop your writing, benefit from tutorials and craft notes, and take part in a 1-2-1 consultation with Maz to discuss progress, strengths, and development areas. Plus, one of the most unique aspects of this course is feedback on your submission package from a top literary agent.

This is a natural continuation for writers who have taken part in our shorter courses and, especially for those new to WriteMentor, a valuable way to cultivate friendships and connections with fellow writers over a long and intensive period of time.

This course requires a huge degree of commitment from everyone but, like pressure and heat does to graphite, you too can produce a diamond.

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Testimonials

This course has given me new energy in my writing and invaluable feedback. Maz knows the Middle Grade world inside out and is also one of the most naturally funny people I have ever met. I’m ready to finish my novel now – if you’re looking for that push, this is it!

Richie Brown

“Maz Evans has lifted my writing and confidence to a new level. The support from Maz and the community of writing peers is extraordinary and I am so grateful to have been a part of such a great course.

Deborah Jackson

Big Bang YA Mentoring

with Lauren James

Price: £600

Monday 19th April12th July

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Our most memorable books are those we read as children – and none more so than Young Adult fiction, which acts as a compass in those tricky-to-navigate teenage years. That’s why being a Young Adult author means creating challenging, experimental, and diverse writing that spans genres, styles, and time-lines – and most importantly inspires and shapes young people.

Dive deep into writing Young Adult fiction with twice Carnegie-nominated author Lauren James, whose books include The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. Our comprehensive and advanced 12-week Young Adult mentoring course is designed for authors already competent in the fundamentals of writing but who wish to elevate their work to the next level. 

Receive thorough and constructive feedback from Lauren and your peers to develop your writing, benefit from tutorials and craft notes, and take part in a 1-2-1 consultation with Lauren to discuss progress, strengths, and development areas. Plus, one of the most unique aspects of this course is feedback on your submission package from a top literary agent.

This is a natural continuation for writers who have taken part in our shorter courses and, especially for those new to WriteMentor, a valuable way to cultivate friendships and connections with fellow writers over a long and intensive period of time. 

This course requires a huge degree of commitment from everyone but, like pressure and heat does to graphite, you too can produce a diamond.

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Testimonials

Lauren James was an absolutely superb teacher, providing an entirely new viewpoint to my work and telling us all the little secrets about writing, especially by shining a light on the realities of publishing, many of which I hadn’t heard before.”

Melissa Welliver

There is a real community spirit of like-minded people who will help with the smallest of details to ginormous plot holes. My novel has developed and changed so much from the constructive criticism that my peers have offered.

Susannah Ronald

WriteStart

with Jenny Pearson

Price: £95

Wednesday 2nd June – June 30th

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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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WriteRhyme

with Catherine Emmett

Price: £120

Thursday 10th June – 15th July

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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 an Advanced Interest list (with no obligation, but first refusal on new courses) then sign up here.