Do you write MG/YA?

And want to improve your writing craft?

Emma Read, Lindsay Galvin and Alexandra Sheppard will lead their own 6 week courses, taking you through the main elements to make to make your novel really stand out and to learn craft aspects that will help, not only this novel, but every one your write.

The course outline is below, and each week will focus on a different aspect of writing craft. The week’s tutor 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 a task for tutor and peer review.

In the final week, your tutor will be joined by a top literary agent, to look at the most important part of your novel: Page 1.
We’ll look at how you can hook an agent, but even more importantly, your potential readers.

Alexandra Sheppard is an author based in North London. Her debut YA novel OH MY GODS was published by Scholastic in Spring 2019 and she’s currently working on her next Teen novel. When she isn’t writing teen fiction, Alexandra runs creative writing workshops for teens at schools around the UK. She is represented by Lauren Gardner.
Alexandra Sheppard - Author of Oh My Gods

YA (Young Adult) Course Tutor

Lindsay’s first book The Secret Deep came out in the UK in 2018 and the next is to be published in early 2020. She writes YA, MG and has adult and younger fiction works in progress. She reads in all genres and loves to edit, she is an experienced mentor plus a critique partner of published authors.

Lindsay came late to writing, self-taught, after a career teaching which is now part time. She is a slush-pile (talent pool!) conqueror who came from nowhere and had no contacts and – although it took a while – had the first ever book she wrote published by the excellent Chicken House.

An experienced teacher, Lindsay’s workshop style is upbeat, constructive and focuses on the practical. She is sensitive to those at different stages of their writing journeys and the courage it takes to share work. Her workshops have a positive supportive atmosphere, intended to empower writers. All questions are welcome.

Lindsay Galvin - Author of the Secret Deep

UMG (Upper Middle Grade) Course Tutor

Emma Read is the author of Middle Grade debut, Milton the Mighty – shortlisted for the Bath Children’s Novel Award, published by Chicken House in 2019. The sequel will be out in spring 2020. She is a mentor with WriteMentor Sparks and runs creative writing workshops for children in KS2.
Emma Read - Author of the Milton the Mighty series

LMG (Lower Middle Grade) Course Tutor

With visiting agents, who will read and give feedback on your 1st pages as well as being part of the final 1 hour workshops on hooks and 1st pages.

Weekly Workshop Day/Time: Tuesday evenings 8-9pm (UK, London time)

Week 1 - THE Premise

Often overlooked until later in the process, but we’ll make sure your premise is hooky, engaging, emotionally laced and jam-packed with conflicts.

Week 2 - Character agency

Character drives plot. We’ll look at how to make sure your MC is driving your story.

Week 3 - Creating conflict

Personalising and escalating the obstacles faced by your character in achieving their goal.

Week 4 - Stakes and emotion

Personal stakes and emotional craft – why does what happens MATTER to the main character?

Week 5 - Who are you writing for?

Understanding who you’re writing for in terms of age group, content, word counts and themes.

Week 6 - HOOKS and first pages

The most important part of your novel: Page 1.
We’ll look at how you can hook an agent, but even more importantly, your potential readers.
I loved being on the 6-week WriteMentor course! The tutors were extremely helpful and gave wise insight and encouragement. It was stimulating and fun, being set tasks to complete in real time, then posting work for other writers to give feedback. I really liked the sense that we were all on this journey together, as people chipped in with comments and asked questions. The homework was very useful, thinking about our work in progress; and I found the Decisions and Consequences task invaluable, thinking about conflict and how this progresses the plot. I will use this in every story I write from now on! Thanks so much to Lindsay Galvin, Danielle Jawando and Emma Read, the wonderful tutors at WriteMentor; and to agent Jo Williamson for the encouraging feedback.
Rachel Rivers Porter


This is the first writing course I have taken as I am new to the world of MG writing and I am so glad I chose this course over any other. It was so welcoming and inclusive and at no point did I feel like my work was being criticised or not taken seriously. All of the workshops were useful and have helped me improve my Wip, but for me, Danielle Jawando’s week on structure and plotting, and the enthusiastic and engaged feedback she gave on my plan, was invaluable. Also the chance to talk to Jo Williamson was so helpful for gaining an insight into the publishing process and requirements from an industry expert. It was particularly helpful as she was so encouraging and supportive of my first page! I would recommend this course to everyone as a chance to gain invaluable insights into writing MG fiction and to become part of a supportive community of writers.
Natasha Dunn


Outstanding. Practical. Inspiring. What a marvellous course! To be able to participate in weekly writing sessions with three published authors was absolutely brilliant. PLUS we received agent feedback and the opportunity to be involved in a Q&A! It was so fantastic to connect with a global team of talented and cutting-edge writers – for support and constructive feedback. A HUGE thanks to Stuart White for pioneering such a wonderful forum and six week online course! Looking to progress your writing & ideas against a backdrop of valuable insights? This is the right course – to write – right now.
Neil Saul Glaser


A short course brimful of helpful tips and advice, wrapped up with support from writers and all topped off with the opportunity to receive agent feedback on your first page. I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It represents great value for money


WriteMaster focuses on the most important nuts and bolts of writing delving into character, agency, the elusive ‘voice’, hooks and first pages. The chats are friendly and fun and there’s plenty of expert advice on hand. I highly recommend it.
Alex A


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