Magnificent Middle Grade Mentoring with Maz

Our Magnificent MG Mentoring course, with author of Who Let the Gods Out and it’s sequels, Maz Evans, is open for sign up once again.

Who is it for?

This course is designed for writers of MG fiction, who are already competent in the basics of writing craft, but wish to elevate their work to the next level.

It is a demanding, intense course which will require a huge degree of commitment from everyone who gets a place. But like pressure and heat does to graphite, you too can produce a diamond.

You will need to have written at least 15,000 words of your novel to do this course.

And we have added something extra – feedback on your submission package from a top agent – read below to find out more!


Start date: 6th September 2021
End date: 29th November 2021

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.

Tutor: Maz Evans

Course organiser/liaison: Florianne Humphrey

Max number of students: 8 (1 scholarship available for the September start iteration of the course)

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 of the course..

Mechanics of feedback
The students will send 2 x 5000 word extracts to Maz for critique (and then the revised 10k as your third submission) and also post 3 x 5000 word extracts for their 7 peers to critique.

Students may choose to have the same extracts reviewed by both Maz and their peers, or they can choose to post different ones.

Each student will also 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 3rd 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.

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

Tutorials: Maz will hold two ‘open’ tutorials during the course, where you can come along and pick her brain, chat about writing more generally or specifically and ask her anything! 


Agent input:
Christabel McKinley, Literary Agent at David Higham Associates, will read your query letter, synopsis and first 3 chapters towards the end of the course, and will give feedback to help guide you when you begin to query agents.


Maz’s debut children’s novel Who Let the Gods Out was published by Chicken House in February 2017 and was selected as the Waterstone’s Children’s Book of the Month. It entered the bestseller charts on its first week on sale, has sold to 17 countries worldwide and has received over 20 award nominations, including the Carnegie Medal, Branford Boase, Books Are My Bag and Waterstone’s Children’s Book of the Year. The sequel, Simply the Quest was published in August 2017, Beyond the Odyssey in April 2018 and Book 4 will publish in 2019. Maz also narrates the audiobooks for the series.

Her acclaimed creative writing events have featured at Hay, Imagine, Edinburgh, Bath, Cheltenham, Latitude, Wilderness and many other literary festivals and primary schools around the UK.

Maz began her career as a TV journalist, critiquing for The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Sun, and TV Times magazine and she still regularly broadcasts her views on anything from politics to parenthood on BBC Radio 2, BBC News, BBC Radio 4, Five Live and the bus. Maz has participated in the Casualty and Holby City BBC shadow schemes and her children’s poetry has been published in Caterpillar magazine.

Maz is much in demand as a comedy book and lyrics writer for the stage. Her original musical H. R. HAITCH, with composer Luke Bateman, is being produced by Iris Theatre 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. Her cabaret songs are regularly performed in the West End and beyond.

As a songwriter, Maz has won the Iris Theatre Work in Process songwriting award three years in succession (with composer Luke Bateman). As a scriptwriter, she won scriptwriting competition and a place in Philip Shelley’s Advanced Mentoring Lab at the London Screenwriters’ Festival. She was also shortlisted for the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum and the Scriptangel contest. As an author, she has won the hearts of thousands of children and as a nuclear physicist, she has been completely rubbish.

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