Feedback from our clients
“Thank you so much for your appraisal, notations and highlights, and for your thoughts during our discussion.
I very much appreciated your careful attention, and your balance of constructive criticism with positive encouragement. The level of detail was particularly helpful, and has helped me see my writing with fresh eyes.
I’m a happy customer.“
You are a gifted mentor.”
Now that I have reached the end, I am focused on my potential audience and working on what it really takes to get a book published.”
Compared with creative writing courses, which are a lot less focused and often more expensive, the scheme definitely represents value for money.”
“The experience has been breathtaking, bruising, exhilarating… My novel has evolved from being a much-loved but guilty pleasure to being the absolute centre of my working life.
I now feel I could approach an agent with a degree of confidence in my skills and my future that I didn’t possess a year ago.”
“The chance to work with a professional knowledgeable novelist who knows what is required for the job has been invaluable.
I was on a steep learning curve and think I benefited enormously from the straightforward no nonsense approach.
I’d recommend this apprenticeship over MA courses: it’s more practical, constructive and cheaper.”
I cannot pretend that the process was easy, but I am convinced that the finished product is greatly improved as a result.”
My mentor was able to identify my weak points and address them, while building upon my own particular strengths, with the insight of an experienced writer. I don’t think that there are any courses that can give such personalized attention.”
When I finally ‘got it’ it was like a light bulb coming on and I know I shall never look back. Also, I know this wasn’t especially part of her remit, but she did look at things more than once and that was the MOST helpful thing for me, because you don’t always get something the first time and to have her feedback was invaluable. She made herself available at pretty much all times and I appreciated that very much.”
His close attention, his deep reading, knowledge of the business, generosity of spirit and real attention to detail was the key to my having learned as much as I did.”
The individualized and flexible attention to story development, the careful reading and considered feedback, the honesty, professionalism and market awareness—these are what made my ‘Apprenticeships in Fiction’ a rewarding and pivotal year.”
The mentoring process has helped to bring out ideas and creativity that I was not aware that I had. I have a clear confidence and knowledge that whatever happens at the end of the course, I will be a better writer for it.”