Middle Grade Mentoring with Maz Evans

An intensive, advanced 12-week course led by a published author to fine-tune a Middle Grade manuscript with resources, weekly peer critique, 121 consultations, groups tutorials, and feedback from leading literary agents


12 weeks

8 places


Take your work to the next level

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. WriteMentor is here to help.

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 feedback of your writing

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 entire submission package from top literary agents.

Join a community of fellow writers

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.

Course summary

Start date: 10th January 2022

Duration: 12 weeks

Platform: Slack and Zoom

Tutor: Maz Evans

Course coordinator: Florianne Humphrey (florianne@write-mentor.com)

Cost: £782 (We require a non-refundable £100 deposit to be paid at time of booking onto the course. Ideally, the rest would be paid at the start of the course. However, payment plans can be arranged on request – do speak to Florianne if this is needed.)

Entry requirements: Written at least 15,000 words of a Middle Grade novel

Time commitment: Approx 10 hours a week. This is an intense course and you should only sign up if you feel you can commit this time for the duration.

Course structure

After 12 weeks, you will have feedback on at least 10,000 words of your Middle Grade novel from a published authors, fellow students, and literary agents, plus a polished submission package ready for agent querying – and a tight-knit group of writer friends!

  • Written feedback from course tutor

    Maz writes detailed critiques on 2 x 5000 word extracts (and then the revised 10k as the third submission) 

    You will submit 3 extracts to Maz:

    Round 1: 1st 5K submitted – Maz feedback via email – due at the start of the course.

    Round 2: 2nd 5K submitted – Maz feedback via email – due week 5.

    Round 3: Edited first 10K submitted – Maz feedback on Skype/phone – due week 9.

  • 1-2-1 video consultation from course tutor

    Each student will get a 1-2-1 phone/video consultation with Maz during the second half of the course to discuss progress, strengths, development areas and moving forward, and their third submission.

  • Peer feedback

    Students will post 3 x 5000 word extracts on the Slack group for their 7 peers to critique.

  • Resources

    Every fortnight, Maz will produce a set of craft notes of a variety of writing topics.

    1. Active Characters
    2. Show Don’t Tell – The Writer’s Sleight of Hand
    3. Story and Plot
    4. Nailing That First 10K
    5. Whose Story Is It Anyway? The importance of Point of View
    6. Pace Makers
  • Two group tutorials

    Maz will hold two ‘open’ tutorials via video during the course, where you can come along and pick her brain on the world of writing and publishing, chat about writing more generally or ask her specific questions. 

  • Agent feedback on submission package

    At the end of the course, leading literary agents give detailed written feedback on the students’ entire submission package (first three chapters, synopsis and query letter) to prepare them for submitting their novel to agents.

  • Socialising with fellow writers

    As well as an introductory session with Florianne to meet your fellow writers, you will be added to a Slack group to chat throughout the course, give one another support, and share knowledge, insights, and experience. The Slack channel will remain active after the course has ended, opening up the opportunity for an ongoing critique group.

Meet the course tutor

Maz Evans, author of <em>Who Let the Gods Out?</em> series
Maz Evans, author of Who Let the Gods Out? series

Maz is the author of the bestselling WHO LET THE GODS OUT? series (Chicken House), has books in 22 countries worldwide and has received over 20 award nominations, including the Carnegie Medal, Branford Boase, Books Are My Bag, Waterstone’s Children’s Book of the Year and Indie Book Awards. 

She narrates the audiobooks for the series and her acclaimed live events have featured at Hay, Imagine, Edinburgh, Bath, Cheltenham, Camp Bestival, Wilderness and countless literary festivals and primary schools around the UK. Her latest MG book, VI SPY: LICENCE TO CHILL (Chicken House), was published in February 2021, with her first 6 – 9 book, THE EXPLODING LIFE OF SCARLETT FIFE (Hodder), published in May 2021.

Maz has contributed to RETURN TO WONDERLAND, THE BOOK OF HOPES and SWALLOWED BY A WHALE and her children’s poetry has been published in Caterpillar magazine. Her career began as a TV journalist, writing for The Daily Telegraph and TV Times magazine and she still regularly broadcasts her views on anything from politics to parenthood on BBC Radio 2 and the bus.

As a scriptwriter, her original musical H. R. HAITCH (with composer Luke Bateman) was produced at the Union Theatre, London in 2018. She has previously had shows produced at the Actors’ Church Covent Garden, Southend Palace Theatre and Bryanston Arts Centre and she was awarded places in the Holby City and Casualty BBC Shadow schemes.
As a songwriter, Maz won the Iris Theatre songwriting award three years in succession (with Luke Bateman) and her cabaret songs are regularly performed in the West End and beyond. As an author, she has won the hearts of thousands of children and as a nuclear physicist, she has frankly been completely rubbish.

Meet the guest agents

Joanna Moult, agent and co-founder of Skylark Literary
Joanna Moult, agent and co-founder of Skylark Literary

is co-founder of Skylark Literary Limited, a specialist Children’s and YA literary agency. Previously she was Editorial Director for Children’s Fiction at Mulcahy Conway Associates, discovering and nurturing new talent. Joanna began her publishing career at Hodder Children’s Books, where she edited authors such as Cressida Cowell and Kes Gray. She then moved to become Senior Commissioning Editor at Simon & Schuster, managing the children’s fiction list and editing Sophie McKenzie among other talented authors. Having joined forces with Amber in 2014 to create Skylark, she now represents an array of talented authors, including Nizrana Farook, Simon James Green and Naomi Gibson.

Amber Caravéo, agent and co-founder of Skylark Literary
Amber Caravéo, agent and co-founder of Skylark Literary

Amber Caravéo
is the co-founder of Skylark Literary Limited, a boutique literary agency that seeks and supports the very best in Children’s and YA fiction. Prior to founding Skylark, Amber was the Editorial Director for Orion Children’s Books, where she was privileged to work with a host of prize-winning and bestselling authors including Caroline Lawrence, Juno Dawson and Holly Black. Before that she was Senior Commissioning Editor for Random House Children’s Books after many happy years at Working Partners, where, among other things, she edited and developed the million-copy-selling phenomenon, Rainbow Magic. Skylark Literary specializes in offering a bespoke service tailor-made to each author’s individual needs. Amber is always seeking strong and distinctive voices, unique concepts, diverse storytelling – and loves humour and a great plot twist! 


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