Mentoring could be for you if you’re working on a novel, short story collection, or portfolio of work for an application to a writing MA. A mentoring package might also be appropriate for someone who is unable to attend a regular writing course but feels they would benefit from working to deadlines and receiving detailed and honest feedback. Ideally, we would meet face-to-face for feedback sessions, but if you’re not in the Sheffield area, it is possible to do this by phone and/or email. Scroll down for testimonials.
Eight submissions of up to 10,000 words over a12-month period, though this can be flexible. A submission every six weeks tends to work well. I will provide detailed written comments along with notes and corrections on each submission. This includes a face-to-face tutorial lasting around 45 minutes -1 hour, where we meet up over coffee at a mutually convenient place to go through your work. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions and clarify things, and an opportunity for us to discuss your work in depth – this is often where new ideas spring up apparently from nowhere, so face-to-face meeting is definitely the recommended option. If meeting in person is not possible, you may prefer to opt for telephone tutorials, or if you’d rather, I can submit a more detailed written report instead, (at least 1-2 pages) with comments and suggestions for development.
I will also email or telephone you once between submissions for a brief chat to see how you’re getting on and hopefully advise on any problems you’re experiencing.
Cost: £1800 for full mentoring package (includes eight feedback sessions)
Terms: £500 deposit on booking, balance due before third session.
Four submissions of up to 7500 words over a 6 to 8-month period.
(Same service as above)
Cost: £900 for mini-mentoring package (includes four feedback sessions)
Terms: £250 deposit on booking, balance due before second session.
How to submit
For mentoring enquiries, please send an email telling me a little about you and the book you’re working on, together with an outline or synopsis and a sample of your work (around 15 to 20 double spaced pages would be fine). This will enable me to decide whether I am able to work with you on this particular project. There is no charge for this initial reading. I’ll get back to you as quickly as possible, usually within 7 to 10 days, to let you know whether I’m able to take on the work, and to arrange the first submission.
I was slightly nervous about individual mentoring as I thought the work involved for the monthly submission of up to 4,000 might be very intensive. However, I needn’t have worried as I thoroughly enjoyed my written projects as well as Susan’s no-nonsense feedback and in-depth written critiques. Not only was she able to identify my main weaknesses straightaway, she highlighted my strengths, and was full of positive suggestions and inspirational ideas on how I could improve my work. As a result of Susan’s mentoring I have won a runner’s up prize in a writing competition, gained a place on the MA Writing at Sheffield Hallam University and have written and polished approximately 25,000 words of a novel. Paula Greenlees
“The useful comments helped me to improve my writing and your constant encouragement got me to the end of my novel.” Becca Linsford
“It was a choice between becoming a better writer and buying ten driving lessons. I still don’t have a licence; but I do have a finished novel.” Tom Sorsby
“Susan was my writing mentor when I was just starting to write my novel and her support, encouragement and expert guidance inspired me to keep going – it’s now finished so she must be good!” Kate Mitchell