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Calendar of upcoming events

28th October: #WMChat with A.M. Dassu
1st December: WriteMentor Children's Novel Award opens
4th January: Maz Evans (MG) and Lauren James (YA) course start dates
4th January: WriteMentor Community Learning Hub opens
31st January: WriteMentor Children's Novel Award closes

Success Stories

Piu Das Gupta is a British Indian writer currently living in Paris. She was born in Kolkata and grew up in Croydon, spending time in London and Oxford along the way. She hopes to reflect the diversity of these worlds in her work.  When she’s not writing (which is most of the time), she likes to sit on rooftops and count pigeons.

Piu took part in the WriteMentor Spark mentoring program, mentored by author Lindsay Galvin

Read about her journey from ideas to publication. 

What made you apply for the WriteMentor programme?

I applied for the WriteMentor Spark mentoring program because it immediately appealed to me: the idea of established children’s writers helping aspiring authors find their feet.  I was not disappointed.  

My mentor, Lindsay Galvin, was a fount of wise advice, reassuring me on many of the issues that worried me.  Every month, I sent her 5,000 words, and she answered any specific questions that I put to her. 

I am so glad I discovered WriteMentor, it is such a warm and welcoming community where established children’s authors mingle freely with new and aspiring ones, and everybody’s free to exchange experiences and info with each other. The WriteMentor Middle Grade and Young Adult courses and the WOWCON conference are also amazing value for money, compared with many of the other (extremely expensive) writing courses out there. 

With WriteMentor you are taught personally by the writer who runs the course, unlike some other courses where you get pre-recorded videos with little or no input from the actual teacher.


Read more here.

WriteMentor Community Learning Hub

MEET OUR NEW (VIRTUAL) WRITERS-IN-RESIDENCE FOR 2021

Clare Helen Welsh

Clare is the author fiction and non-fiction picture books and early readers. She is passionate about using creativity and the arts to promote a love of learning and emotional well-being. Clare also works as a Write Mentor tutor and offers a manuscript critique service and 7 week Picture Book Course.

Clare is represented by Alice Williams of Alice Williams Literary.

Vashti Hardy

Vashti Hardy is a writer of children’s books living near Brighton in Sussex with her husband and three teens. She was a primary school teacher for several years, and has a special interest in children’s writing, especially free-writing and the use of journals and creating fantasy worlds. She has a first-class honours teaching degree with English specialism and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Chichester.

Now a successful children’s author, Vashti’s breathtaking middle grade fantasies are published across the world in several languages. Wildspark won the Blue Peter Book Award ‘Best Story’ in 2020 and the FCBG Children’s Book Awards and Brightstorm was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, Books are My Bag Awards, among others.
We have exciting news for all of you!

Starting from the 4th January, we’re launching our brand new WriteMentor Community Learning Hub, which is a monthly subscription course/community/learning platform and it comes with so many benefits, both in the short and long term for your writing.

Read more here.

Short Story/Flash Fiction contests OPEN!

Our contests are back! With a WINTER theme, you can incorporate that in whatever imaginative way you can.

Emma Finlayson-Palmer and Sally Doherty are back to judge, and the prize is a full feature of you and your story in the next WM magazine!

Deadline: 31st October.

Read more here.

Online Courses

We have a new page for all our online courses! 

We hope it's much easier to navigate now. Read below to see how you can be the very first to sign up for newly published courses.
12 week courses with Lauren James (YA) and Maz Evans (MG)
 
Places are available on a first come, first serve basis, so sign up now (by paying a £60 deposit) to secure your place for January 2021. Be quick, we sold out quickly last time.

The groups are smaller this time, to give you and your manuscript even more attention!

And remember, as well as incredible tutoring, feedback and insight from Lauren and Maz, we also offer feedback on your submission package from a top agent - click on the links above to find out more!

There will also be 1 scholarship place on both courses - look out for details on how to apply, coming soon.

Start date: 4th January 2021
 
*UPDATE: ONLY 1 SPOT LEFT ON THE MG COURSE!

Other Opportunities

Spark Mentoring

Spark Mentoring is always available if you need extra help or support each month. We have made the Spark mentoring package even better by including access to our 12 month novel course and the self-editing course with Kesia Lupo for all Spark mentees - do contact me if you wish to access either of these and are a current spark mentee. If you wish to sign, hit the link above for all the details.


 
We have introduced a couple of new mentors in recent months to give those signing up, a wider range of authors to choose from and increase likelihood of compatibility. All their profiles can be found on the website.
We welcome Melinda Salisbury, Yasmin Rahman, Alex Sheppard and Aisha Bushby.
All our mentors would be delighted to work with you!

Spark mentor Emma Read has offered to give ongoing free critiques to BAME writers - one free package per month of synopsis and 1st page.
Sign up here and she will work through the list, at a rate of 1 a month, so the quicker you sign up, the quicker you'll get some feedback.
https://forms.gle/g9fWLovv7oGxozYV9
The latest edition of the magazine was released on 7th August!

FEATURING:
Kit de Waal | Joseph Elliott | Emma Perry | Marisa Noelle | Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez | Jasmine Richards | J.R. Ford | Ian Johnson | Fiona Barker | Anna Moutran | The Honest Writer

Find out about...writing Young Adult fiction...publishing your first novel...life as a literary agent...representation in publishing...writing picture books...self-publishing...overcoming writer's block...plus read competition-winning short stories and flash fiction, and our celebration corner - featuring you!
Disabled Creatives Universe Mentor Program

For the attention of disabled and/or Neurodiverse writers: this new mentoring programme is seeking mentors (until 1st December). 
On January 5, 2021, their webpage will go live and further promotion will begin and this will be the
first date mentors can open to applicants.
If you are a disabled/ND writer, you can apply to be mentored at this point.
They have two flexible and varied options, so do check them out on Twitter for more information.

Final word from the Jedi Master

Do YOU want to be the star of this newsletter?

Do YOU want to have the final word?

Here is your chance to do just that, telling more than 2000 writers your story! 

We want to make the newsletter less about us, and more about you, and so from now on, we will feature a piece from one of YOU, ever fortnight, in this space! 

Don't worry, you don't need to be published, agented, or even finished your book! You don't have to be a writer even, as long as you have something to say about writing or the publishing industry.

We are not sure how much response this might get, so if you are interested in being the feature of the newsletter, simply fill in this form, and we will email you with instructions on what/how to send us your feature.
 
 

We are VERY open to the content - it can be a personal story of your writing journey, it can be about something you're passionate about, within the kidlit publishing industry and community. It can be advice, or something you've learned, it can be an excerpt from your WIP.

As I say, we can't guarantee we'll be able to feature everyone, depending on the response, but we'd love to.

I also think of you and our community with all we do, and this is another thing we can do to help give some of you a wee boost!

Writing can be lonely, but it doesn't need to be.

May the Force be with you!

Stuart
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