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
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.
Start date: 10th January 2022
Duration: 12 weeks
Platform: Slack and Zoom
Tutor: Maz Evans
Course coordinator: Florianne Humphrey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
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.
Students will post 3 x 5000 word extracts on the Slack group for their 7 peers to critique.
Every fortnight, Maz will produce a set of craft notes of a variety of writing topics.
- Active Characters
- Show Don’t Tell – The Writer’s Sleight of Hand
- Story and Plot
- Nailing That First 10K
- Whose Story Is It Anyway? The importance of Point of View
- 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.