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.