Testimonials

We're proud of the achievements of all the writers in our WriteMentor community, from finishing a manuscript to securing a publishing deal. Find out how our writers were shaped by their WriteMentor experience and how it still impacts them today.
Jenni Spangler

Jenni Spangler

Author | THE VANISHING TRICK

“WriteMentor is a fantastic opportunity with a wonderful, supportive community. I fully expect a lot of debuts will have WriteMentor and Stuart to thank in the coming years.”
Kari Veenstra

Kari Veenstra

Author | THE RESCUER

“My mentor helped me with the first chapters of my novel. I worked hard on revising them that led to edits on the rest of the book. We also worked on my query letter and synopsis and tightened them up significantly.”

AJ Vanderhorst

AJ Vanderhorst

Author | THE MOSTLY INVISIBLE BOY

“As a US writer, it was refreshing to benefit from writing know-how based in the UK, helpfully distant from some of the tired industry trends stateside. First class experience.”

Clare Golding

Clare Golding

Author | IN JUST ONE DAY

“There is this romantic idea that great writing happens in a room alone, but I have not found that to be the case in my journey. Great writing happens in collaboration, through feedback, and with people who run this marathon beside you.”

Haleigh Wenger

Haleigh Wenger

Author | THE ART OF FALLING IN LOVE

“Write Mentor was the best thing to happen to my writing. I gained an amazing mentor, new writer friends, and an encouraging community. Best of all, I’m a much stronger and more confident writer.”

JENNY PEARSON

JENNY PEARSON

Author | THE SUPER MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF FREDDIE YATES

“WriteMentor not only gave me the tools and the determination to improve my manuscript, but also an insight into the industry. I cannot recommend this wonderful community enough.”

Sarah Barkoff Palma

Sarah Barkoff Palma

Author | THE WANDERERS

“I’d met so many awesome writer friends. When selection day for mentees came, I remember thinking–Even if I don’t get picked, the people I’ve met along the way have made it all worth it.”

Tammy Oja

Tammy Oja

Author | Agented

“It’s such a close-knit community and everything is so positive. Even those who didn’t get in this time are still connected to the group and it just feels like I’ve known everyone so much longer than since the start.”

AJ SASS

AJ SASS

Author | ANA ON THE EDGE

“I love that the WriteMentor community is inclusive. Whether you worked with a mentor or didn’t, you’re welcomed into the fold and encouraged to support everyone else.”

Michael Lunsford

Michael Lunsford

Author | DEREK HYDE KNOWS SPOOKY WHEN HE SEES IT

“My mentors were enormously supportive through the whole process. Even after all the editing, they were so encouraging and wise in their suggestions about my querying process. I don’t think I’d be agented if it weren’t for them.”

Lydia Massiah

Lydia Massiah

Author | Agented

“WriteMentor has been a game changer for me. I’ve had other eyes on my work before, but this felt the most supportive and best informed. I am immensely grateful to my mentor, and the scheme. I can’t believe how much it has changed everything for me.”

Amy McCaw

Amy McCaw

Author | MINA AND THE MANSION OF THE MACABRE

“WriteMentor has helped me to make my manuscript and submission package so much better and has massively improved my confidence. I’ve become part of a friendly, supportive community that will last beyond the process.”

Hannah Kates

Hannah Kates

Author | Agented

“I joined WriteMentor after losing my first publishing contract. Author Marisa Noelle went above and beyond helping me get back on my feet with a whole new book, an amazing pitch, and a query that slays! The community in this program is incredible.”
Nicole Brake

Nicole Brake

Author | Agented

“The incredible support of the WriteMentor community allowed me  to make my manuscript the best it could be. Not only do I have a manuscript I’m incredibly proud of, I have a new community of writing friends who I know will be with me through thick and thin.”

Alexandra page

Alexandra page

Author | Agented

“I wish all writing competitions were run as WriteMentor Children’s Novel Award has been. Since winning, I’ve received over a hundred messages of congratulations from other entrants. I love the writing community and WriteMentor is a gem within a gem.”

Camilla Chester

Camilla Chester

Author | DARNA'S SKY

“Having someone in my corner made a huge difference to my moral. My mentor was supportive, encouraging, and gave lots of practical support and advice. I’m very grateful to her and WriteMentor’s SPARK programme.”

Carrie Beamer-Guittar

Carrie Beamer-Guittar

Author | KEEP WHAT REMAINS

“Your siblings and friends won’t tell you the book you just wrote is in need of major help. A mentor can point out where you need the most help while giving you the confidence to know you can write a good story. The experience has changed my life.

NATASHA HOLMES

NATASHA HOLMES

Author | Agented

“Mentors are best placed to help you with your writing journey. They’ve been there and are still working at it too. To have a professional writer cheering on your manuscript, believing you have an important story to tell […] means EVERYTHING.”

Brianna Bourne

Brianna Bourne

Author | Agented

“I will forever be a better writer because of WriteMentor. The confidence boost of being selected and the incredible writing friends I’ve made are the icing on the cake!”
Lee VanBrakle

Lee VanBrakle

Author | Agented

“WriteMentor was a great experience. My mentor cared about my manuscript and challenged me to push my writing. She inspired to do my best.”
Destinee Schriner

Destinee Schriner

Author | Agented

“WriteMentor has changed my life. I can’t begin to describe how much my writing has improved. There is also a sense of community that you can’t get anywhere else.”
“Getting into WriteMentor is a wonderful opportunity to hone your craft and improve as a writer. Be brave and put your work out there. You never know how it could change your writing and your life.” 
Kari Hagen | 2018 Mentee
 
The far reaching benefits  of being part of the WriteMentor community is invaluable. WriteMentor has helped me in numerous ways. It has positively changed my writing life and continues to do so.” 
Katina Wright | 2018 Mentee
 
“My confidence has increased a hundredfold, every aspect of my writing is stronger. Whatever the future may hold, I have an incredible bunch of new writer buddies to share the next steps with.”
Clare Harlow | 2018 Mentee
 
“During a time when I was feeling lost with my writing, WriteMentor helped reconnect me not just with my writing but with a writing family that supports me for a long time to come afterwards.”
Eiman Munro | 2018 Mentee
 
“As a writer I feel validated and invigorated in a way that I haven’t before. Writing is oftentimes a lonely business and my experience up until this point has been solo. After WriteMentor I definitely feel like I am part of a community.” 
Sarah Talton | 2018 Mentee
 
“WriteMentor was a great experience which helped me uncover issues with my manuscript I couldn’t have found on my own and helped take my writing to the next level. I’m happy to have been a part of the program.” 
Ajay Kumar | 2018 Mentee
 
“Participating in WriteMentor was a fantastic experience for me and all of the other mentees. I definitely recommend the programme, and hope to be able to pay it forward in future by being a mentor myself.”
Joanna Delooze | 2018 Mentee
 
“The best part of WriteMentor can’t be found on the website or in the details: it’s in the community. Whether you found a mentor or not, you had people rooting for you at every stage and cheering you on at the finish line.”
Blair B. Burke | 2018 Mentee
 
“WriteMentor has been a pivotal part of my writing career. I was challenged to make my writing better, then given the guidance to do so. With any success I have in the future, I know I’ll be able to trace the roots of it back to this program and everyone who made it so incredible.” 
Morgan Spraker | 2018 Mentee
 
“Being a part of WriteMentor has been amazing, I feel so lucky to have been part of it. Captained by Stuart’s enthusiasm and kindness, it has felt like an exciting boat trip up a scenic river, with people waving encouragement at you from the banks.”
Catherine Bowdler | 2018 Mentee
 

“Before WriteMentor, my biggest road block was a lack of confidence. WriteMentor has led me to something even more valuable than a polished manuscript. Confidence is something I can bring with me no matter what manuscript I work on, and for that I am grateful.”

Sasha Thomas | 2018 Mentee
 
I was assigned a mentor that has a wealth of knowledge and experience of the craft of writing and a great way of sharing this. I’ve ended the programme with renewed enthusiasm for my writing, armed with lots of new tools to improve my work, and with a network of fantastic writers that I now call friends.”
Glen Deakin | 2018 Mentee
 
“On top of making lots of new writer friends and building a community of support, WriteMentor gave me the push I needed to believe in my own story and get it out there for agents to look at.”
S.I. Mansson | 2018 Mentee
 

“Not only did I end up with several agent requests but my writing and my own confidence in my writing is much stronger for the support the WriteMentor community has given me.”

Jeanette Flannery | 2018 Mentee
 

“WriteMentor showed me how important it is to have a community around you that understands the writing process and supports you. I will be forever grateful for the experience.”

MacKenzie Davis | 2018 Mentee
 

WriteMentor is a fantastic programme, an opportunity to work with an experienced mentor. I would recommend it to anyone who wants their manuscript to be the best it can be. Noelle Kelly-Trindles | 2019 Mentee

“The dedication and selflessness of everyone involved in this programme continues to astound me. The organiser and the mentors give up huge amounts of their time to support fledgling writers […] in such an uplifting community.” Tess James-Mackey | 2019 Mentee
 

“Being part of the WriteMentor mentoring programme is a gift of an opportunity. I had expected to learn a lot through the process, but I hadn’t factored in the incredible sense of community and support that came with it.” Jen Bromham | 2019 Mentee

“Emma’s enthusiasm and style of teaching was excellent- I was a bit nervous about how well an online course could work, but I’m really impressed with how well it worked, and how it helped me get out of my rut.” Andrew Kells | WriteMaster with Emma Read

“WriteMentor’s online courses go above and beyond other courses I have taken and is half the cost. The community of writers that I’ve met through WM have all been so lovely, talented & supportive.” Stephanie Cotela Tanner | WriteMaster with Lindsay Galvin

“Alex was a fab tutor – the course content was challenging and inspiring and I looked forward each week to my Tuesday team bonding hour! And great value for money, especially with constructive criticism thrown in.Sue Cunningham | WriteMaster with Alexandra Sheppard
 

“I’d have no hesitation in recommending doing an online course with WriteMentor. I found it  really exciting. I made new friends and had lots of fun, which was great, but the main thing was that I learned loads.” Michael Stevens | WriteMaster with Lindsay Galvin

“Emma’s enthusiasm and style of teaching was excellent- I was a bit nervous about how well an online course could work, but I’m really impressed with how well it worked, and how it helped me get out of my rut.” Andrew Kells | WriteMaster with Emma Read

“I have done many of these online writing courses over the years and this has to be the best value one I’ve ever done. With interactive tutorials and feedback from a fabulous published author, I feel spoiled by this course.” Melissa Welliver | WriteMaster with Alexandra Sheppard

“The course was incredibly well thought out and planned and I didn’t realise there was so much that I didn’t yet know about writing. As I am only at the very beginning of my writing journey, the knowledge and skills shared as well as the feedback and support given has been invaluable. I would highly recommend and am looking forward to completing another course soon!Lindsay Clayton | WriteMaster with Lindsay Galvin
 

“This is the second WriteMentor short course I have completed. It was professionally organised with great insight and exercises from our tutor Lindsay to help hone our writing craft. A great way to chat and interact with fellow writers and a fantastic opportunity to quiz a real life agent. I would urge anyone looking to get ahead with their writing to sign up – it’s a wise investment in your craft.Kate Chapman | WriteMaster with Lindsay Galvin

The course, with the wonderful Emma Read, was a joy. It helped me to focus in on what I need to do to turn my writing into something an agent would get excited about. Everything you need to know is included in the course, which is supportive and fun. I even enjoyed the homework! The chance to get feedback from an agent was also invaluable, and has encouraged me to start submitting.” Anon | WriteMaster with Emma Read

“The course was a delight from start to finish. Clare’s infectious enthusiasm and thoughtful support were exemplary. The weekly topics were well planned and resourced and the tasks set were appropriately challenging but never onerous. The thing about the whole experience was the community of writers across the country who offered wonderful encouragement, pots of good advice and the friendliest of spirits.” Jon Cox | Picture Book Course with Clare Helen Welsh

“Before this course I was pants at plotting. I was just so happy to think of a coherent plot and write the whole story that I would go with my first idea. Clare’s plotting technique using a mentor text has made something click and my texts are much better than they were. I’m more confident and loving writing Picture Books again.Tracy Curran | Picture Book Course with Clare Helen Welsh
 

“Clare was so encouraging and very generous with supplying us with tools and information. The informal group chats were very helpful and also really fun. I haven’t found any other online course as affordable yet substantial as WriteMentor. Hats off for creating amazing opportunities for writers and a lovely community.Stephanie Tanner | Picture Book Course with Clare Helen Welsh

“Clare’s Picture Book course was well structured and allowed for lots of group interaction in a supportive atmosphere. The course members were all at different stages of their picture book writing journeys but the structure and content enabled everybody to work and develop their writing skills in a way that was personal to them.Catherine Friess | Picture Book Course with Clare Helen Welsh

“I have enjoyed every second and would thoroughly recommend to anyone serious about writing picture books. We covered a huge amount in such a short time and I feel well armed with information, tips, techniques to go forth and write a standout book! Clare is a brilliant leader and facilitated an invaluable Q&A with an industry agent.” Vicki Minchin | Picture Book Course with Clare Helen Welsh

“Really glad I did this course. It opened my eyes to better planning of stories, gave me great tips overall and also meant I formed a lovely network of people in similar situations to me.Sam Clarke | Picture Book Course with Clare Helen Welsh
 

“The course was great. She’s a brilliant tutor – friendly and positive. Excellent content and interesting writing activities. I’ll be applying my new knowledge to my work in progress.Fiona Spence-Arnold | WriteMaster course with Lindsay Galvin

“What I learnt on this Picture Book course has changed the way I approach my writing and editing. Invaluable course which I’d recommend to others.

Lindsay Aitken | Picture Book Course with Clare Helen Welsh

“I loved Clare’s course and meticulous notes, fabulous feedback and support. I’ve learnt so much and gained a group of new friends who I’m sure I’ll continue to work with in the future.” Emma Finlayson-Palmer | Picture Book Course with Clare Helen Welsh