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Calendar of upcoming events

13th January: #WMChat with Christopher Moore
27th January: #WMChat with Brianna Bourne
31st January: WriteMentor Children's Novel and Picture Book Awards close
1st February: Preparing for Submission starts
14th February: Mentor Applications close (Summer Programme)
16th February: WriteMaster MG and YA starts
24th February: #WMChat with Hannah Gold

Success Stories

When Lorraine Hawley’s critique partner Dani Camarena joined WriteMentor and loved the summer mentoring program, Lorraine decided to follow along with her journey – and found the community camaraderie so inviting that she wanted to be part of it herself.

With the support of WriteMentor mentor Caroline Murphy, in 2019 Lorraine worked on her Middle Grade novel Curious World of Dandy-lion. In 2020, she secured a publishing deal.

WriteMentor chats to Lorraine about her writing journey, the best piece of writing advice she learned on the programme, and why she believes mentoring is so important for writers.

What was your experience like of the programme? 

Let’s just say, “Amazing!” Seriously, it was. I’ve said this to Caroline Murphy, my fantastic mentor, a few times. The day she chose me to mentor boosted my confidence as a writer. She changed my path from a hobby to a serious endeavor.

Once the WriteMentor match was announced, we got to work. Yes, there was homework. Lots of homework. And the work did not stop until my characters had individual personalities, each chapter had motivation, and the plot followed a storyline arc. 

Read more here.

WriteMentor Summer Programme 2021

We are now accepting applications from those would like to mentor this summer. Link on the page below.

For more information and full dates, click here.

Community Learning Hub

We are now officially open! We are already getting stuck into wonderful craft videos from our Writers in Residence, Clare Helen Welsh and Vashti Hardy, set up our online critique groups (which you can join any time), have booked Patrice Lawrence in to chat at our first book club and live analysis workshops coming up later this month.

There's so much to be gained from the Learning Hub (and we haven't even mentioned our extensive library of Hub Modules!)

Come join us; writing can be lonely, but it doesn't need to be.

More information on the hub 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.
Dates: Monday 1st February to Monday 8th March 2021
With agent Lucy Irvine

Dates: Tuesday 16th February to Tuesday 23rd March 2021
With agent Jo Williamson

Dates: Tuesday 16th February to Tuesday 23rd March 2021
With agent Chloe Seager

WriteMentor Children's Novel
and Picture Book Awards

Our awards are open for entries

To help you prepare your entry, we share with you some of previous successful entrants, winners and judges best pieces of advice:

Interview with 2021 Picture Book Award Judges Justine Smith and Paul Moreton

Interview with 2021 Novel Award Judge: Lauren Gardner

PB AWARD Winner SOPHIA PAYNE: my WMCNA experience

How to win the #WriteMentor Children’s Novel Award by Alexandra Page

How to almost win a novel competition by Kathryn FOXFIELD

4 reasons to enter a novel competition (even if you’re not planning to win)

Five tips for winning the Write Mentor Children’s Novel Award 2021

Read more details about the award, including the judges, prizes and key dates here.

WriteMentor Magazine Issue 4 is on sale!

WriteMentor Magazine Issue 4 is now on sale. Featuring industry insights, writing advice, and the winning entries for our short story and flash fiction competitions. For all writers of children’s fiction, from Picture Book to Young Adult.


  • How the magic of storytelling helped Amy Wilson through personal trauma
  • About day in the life of a picture book (Clare Helen Welsh) and a middle grade author (Vashti Hardy)
  • Lucy Cuthew’s advice on writing a verse novel 
  • Pádraig Kenny’s advice on writing horror for children
  • Why Maria Kuzniar chose to write a children’s feminist novel
  • Lauren James’s top tip for exercising writing muscles
  • Kathryn Foxfield’s experience of the WriteMentor Children’s Novel Award
  • The witticisms of our Honest Writer
  • The winning entries for our flash fiction and short story competitions
  • Your recent writing achievements

All for £3! Buy your copy now

*A reminder that our magazine is digital, so check your confirmation email when you purchase for details on how to read it digitally.

Our new flash/short story competitions are now open. Basic details above.

Enter/read the rules here.

Other Opportunities

Spark Mentoring

WriteMentor Spark is a monthly, online one-to-one mentoring service. Working with a children’s author, you will receive ongoing developmental editing, writing advice, publishing insights, and direct feedback on your manuscript to help you elevate your writing craft to the next level.

Spark Mentoring is always available if you need extra help or support each month.

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.

Final word from...

Oh, not him again - get some real writers on!
A long time ago, in a galaxy, far, far away...

I learned something new last week. I didn't know what a fronted adverbial was but when I saw someone mention it, I looked it up.

Fun fact: the Star Wars opening crawl starts with a double fronted adverbial. Yup, fun.

So, why did I mention this (other than ANY excuse to slide in a Star Wars reference)?

It's a nice introduction to today's theme on life-long learning, and what I call continuous professional development (when I have my teacher hat on) and it's super relevant to us writers too.

'A rolling stone gathers no moss'

And that is also true of us who write regularly (if only it was MORE regularly! 😂) and intend to do so for the rest of our lives - published or not published - MUST continue to develop and learn, that storytelling telling craft (especially for non-naturals like me) is something that can always be learned and improved upon.

Sure, I love my craft books - some of them are life-changing, even beyond writing, and have affected me in deep and meaningful ways, altering my brain's neurochemistry and neural pathways in irreversible, but advantageous ways. They have expanded and broadened my horizons and thoughts, even if they haven't changed them in a huge way.

For a storyteller, our job is connect readers to a character and their attempts to do something - to find love, to get to the ark of covenant before the Nazis, to blow up the DeathStar, to save the baby Yoda from the Evil empire, or simply to stay alive.

But the complexity and array of human emotion and possibilities to do this are so vast and wide-ranging, that the more we delve into that well of character-psyche and we read how others do it, both on the surface of the actual finished and published novels, or by dissecting and studying the mechanics and inner workings of that novel, the more we develop our storytelling craft and continue our professional development.

Someone once told me (and it's really stuck) that if you want to be a professional writer, you have to act and behave like one: ie bum on seat and write, mood or not, mojo or not, life getting in the way or not. 

And part of being a professional is constant development of the skills that make you effective in that role.

Writing is not an ethereal, magical skill only for those gifted by some mystical force, like the Jedi.

It is for all us, and if we work hard, and learn, we can all become better at what we do. 

Writing, like the Force, is for all. It is not just for the Jedi or the Sith, but for everyone.

Remember Chirrut Îmwe from Rogue One:
'I am one with the Force, and the Force is one with me.'

So let's begin the year, the way we mean to go on: let's read more books, both craft and actual novels or PBs, and let's become the very best developed creative we can be.
Writing can be lonely, but it doesn't need to be.

May the Force be with you,


Ps here are some of my fave craft books if you've never read one:
  • Into The Woods: How Stories Work and Why We Tell Them by John Yorke
  • The Ultimate Hero's Journey: 195 Essential Plot Stages Found in the Best Novels and Movies by Neal Soloponte
  • Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass
  • The Emotional Craft of Fiction: How to Write the Story Beneath the Surface by Donald Maass
  • On Writing by Stephen King
  • Wired for Story and Story Genius by Lisa Cron
  • The Science of Storytelling by Will Storr
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