LIVERPOOL – #WriteMentor Writing Weekend Workshops



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11th and 12th January 2020
£200 for 2 full days (includes 1-2-1 for free)
£100 for 1 full day
£50 for single AM or PM session
Concession prices (CODE: WWW40) and payment plans available

Workshop details:

SAT AM: Always show the reader what the kids are having to eat – a recap on some writing for children fundamentals. We’ll take time out to stop and ask are we writing a marketable book that meets reader and industry expectations: covering key elements of craft, book categories and child developmental stages, and demystifying the term high concept.

SAT PM: It’s my fictional world and I’ll cry if I want to! World building and setting without the tears. Well, with less tears.

SUN AM: What Captain America taught me about voice – stand out characters and snazzy dialogue. Perfecting voice and dialogue with reference to the Marvel Avengers and Myers Briggs personality types – no advanced Avengers knowledge required!

SUN PM: So you think you’ve finished your novel? A redrafting and editing know how covering some of the key considerations when getting your novel submission ready.

SUN PM: 1-2-1s: Jon Mayhew

Inclusive of the following:

  • Conference Ambassador Welcome
  • Conference Host for arrival and departure briefing, plus on hand throughout the day
  • Unlimited freshly brewed self-service tea, coffee and speciality beverages
  • Arrival with biscuits, mid-morning cookies and afternoon with cakes
  • 2 course restaurant lunch
  • Bottled water in meeting room
  • Sweetie and Nut Station to boost your concentration
  • Free internet access in all meeting room and Complimentary Wi-Fi in all hotel public areas
  • Stationery Tool Box, Stationery holder containing Mercure Pads, Pencils and Name Cards

Workshop Leader:

When Marie Basting was fifteen, she was told by a careers advisor that girls like her don’t become writers. For a long time, she believed this. But then something magical happened and Marie finally came to realise that girls like her can do anything they want. Princess BMX is her debut novel.

As Assistant Regional Advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Marie supports the development of writers and illustrators at all stages of their careers. A former learning and development manager, she has extensive experience of providing workshops and support for writers, regularly delivering outreach support for the Portico and Manchester Metropolitan University, where she works as an Associate Lecturer. A trained coach and mentor, Marie has an MA in Creative Writing and a Level 7 certificate in Action Learning.

Jon Mayhew is the author of the multi-award winning Mortlock and Monster Odyssey series published by Bloomsbury.  His books have won the Warwick, Sefton, Wirral, Leeds and Calderdale Prizes as well as being shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book of the Year. Jon’s retellings of Shakespeare for Collins are popular KS2 classroom staples as is his Myth-Maker Kit for OUP. This means Jon is in demand on the school event circuit, delivering inspiring talks and workshops to students, from KS2 to Sixth Form, both nationally and internationally. On the sly, Jon writes sweary adult Urban Fantasy under the name of Edwin Torr. He has been a mentor at the legendary Swanwick Writing School and is a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow, helping students improve their academic writing at the University of Chester.  Jon’s book for writing students and aspiring writers, Storycraft, comes out in August 2019. 



Mercure Liverpool Atlantic Tower Hotel

Chapel Street


Merseyside L3 9RE


Additional Info

Additional information


2 full days (includes 1-2-1 for free), 1 full day Saturday, 1 full day Sunday, 1-2-1

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