Our mentors are an extremely impressive team. They have been carefully selected for their ability to engage with developing writers on an ongoing level. Together they have written numerous books, taught at prestigious universities, worked for leading literary agencies, and more…
We pride ourselves on finding the perfect mentor for you to work with. We will fully discuss your preferences and needs at the outset of the course, hopefully together finding the ideal match. Please see below for more information about our mentors.
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is the author of two historical novels, The Needle in the Blood
(Susan Hill’s Novel of the Year 2007) and The Book of Love
. She has also published short stories in a number of literary magazines including QWF, Spiked and The Yellow Room. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and was shortlisted for the Curtis Brown scholarship for 2001/2002. She teaches creative writing at UEA and for the Open University. She edited The Historical Novels Review
for two years and remains a regular contributor to the magazine and its sister publication, Solander
specialises in children’s books (fiction and non-fiction). She spent many years as an editor and commissioning editor for both mass-market and smaller independent publishers before taking up a freelance career. As well as editing the work of established children’s authors, she is experienced in assessing manuscripts and ‘nurturing’ new writers. She has also written more than 30 books for younger children, including You Are Very Special
(still in print after more than 12 years) and The First Rainbow
is a writer, stand-up poet and musician, who performs all over the UK. His book about thwarted ambition, We Can’t All Be Astronauts
is published by Ebury Press. He has written for The Guardian
and The Times
, presented the Channel 4 series How To Get A Book Deal
, and has appeared on Radio 1 and 2. He’s performed at many festivals including Glastonbury, Leeds and Reading, and Latitude.
is a freelance editor. She has extensive editorial experience including several years working as an agent at the Wylie Agency where she was responsible for nurturing, advising and editing first time writers before submitting their work to publishers. Now she works for a variety of publishers, agents and literary scouts, including HarperCollins and Bloomsbury, as a reader and editor, as well as working independently to advise unpublished writers on their work. She has an MA in English Literature from Cambridge University and specializes in contemporary fiction. She lives in London and has three young children.
s studied for a Masters in Creative Writing at Glasgow University between 2001 and 2003, where he was tutored by Alasdair Gray, who later went on to be his employer, then subject.
His first novel, No Fireworks
, was published by Faber and Faber in 2005 and was nominated for four awards. His second novel Hope for Newborns
was also published by Faber and Faber, in Summer 2008, and was followed several months later byAlasdair Gray: A Secretary’s Biography
. This was published by Bloomsbury and was recently nominated for the Scottish Arts Council Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award 2009. A more academic version of this was submitted as Rodge’s PhD thesis at Glasgow University – he graduated in December 2008. He is currently the Writer in Residence at Strathclyde University, and has written journalism for The Herald, The Guardian
and The Independent
is a writer of considerable stature. Her first novel, Daughter of Jerusalem
(1978) won the Somerset Maugham Award, and her fifth, Home Truths
(1992) was short listed for the Scottish Writer of the Year Award. She has also published four collections of short stories – one story, A Fall from Grace
, is anthologised inThe Penguin Book of Modern Women’s Short Stories
, (Penguin 1990). On Becoming a Fairy Godmother
and a collection of short stories have been published by Maia Press.
Sara is also a theologian and has published a wide range of non-fiction, as well as writing for radio and television. Sara is currently exploring ways of being a modern ‘solitary,’ and the contemporary meanings of silence. A Book of Silence
was published by Granta in 2008.
Sara Maitland worked closely with TLC in setting up the Chapter and Verse mentoring scheme and was fundamental in its establishment. She has a wealth of experience in the field, including working on The British Council’s Crossing Borders
Mentoring Scheme, as well as on Lancaster University’s Creative Writing distance learning MA. She is co-author of The Write Guide: Mentoring – The Essential Handbook for Emerging and Established Writers
has published five novels as well as short stories and interviews. Her last novel, Loving Mephistopheles
, (Peter Owen 2007) is a literary fantasy and she has also published realistic fiction.
She is currently working on a historical fantasy, Nina in Utopia
. Miranda has taught Creative Writing for the WEA and joined The Literary Consultancy as a mentor two years ago. She has travelled widely and now lives in London.
has been a freelance television scriptwriter since 2000, with screen credits for episodes of various long running series including EastEnders, Doctors, Crossroads, Heartbeat and Peak Practice. She was also commissioned to write a short film for BBC2. She has taught at several universities (prose and scriptwriting) and currently lectures at Manchester Metropolitan University and on the MA in Scriptwriting at the University of Salford.
She also works with students in FE and HE colleges, and at secondary schools. Jane is also a reader for NAWE and runs courses and workshops throughout the north west of England and Scotland. For four years she was a senior creative writing tutor for the Open College of the Arts. In 1999 she graduated with distinction from the MA in Imaginative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University, where she also won the Lynda La Plante Award for best original screenplay (1998). Her award-winning dramatic monologues, short stories and poems appear in various anthologies. She is currently working on a stage play set during the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
has worked for several years as a children’s book editor at Frances Lincoln Publishers. She has a wide range of expertise covering poetry, story books and fiction and non-fiction picture books. She is also a freelance writer of educational books for children and a translator. Among her recent publications are translations of Jacques Duquennoy’s award-winning French picture books Ghost Party
and Loch Ness Ghosts
. She lives on the Wirral with her family.
has written poetry throughout her long life, beginning her career twenty five years ago with Peterloo Poets. They have now produced four collections of her work. In 2005 she received a Cholmondeley Award “for distinction in poetry”.
Meg’s writing is much influenced by music and the visual arts. Her life is a rural one, and she greatly enjoys one-to-one tuition and mentoring.
is an acclaimed young British novelist and award-winning short-story writer. He was born in North Yorkshire in 1971 and now lives in Manchester. Ray is a graduate of Liverpool School of Art, where he studied Graphic Design, and is a post-graduate of Lancaster University where he was awarded a Ph.D. in Creative Writing in 2006. Ray’s debut novel Electricity
was published to public and critical acclaim and was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award. Ray’s second novel The Man Without
(Picador) was published in July.
His short-stories are also widely published in literary journals such as Transmission
magazine and have received numerous awards including the Phillip Good Memorial Prize for his short-storyCut
. Ray has lectured at Lancaster University and for The Open University.
‘s first poetry collection, Nothing Personal
, was published in 1995 by Iron Press. A chapbook, I Could Become That Woman
(Five Leaves) followed in 2003. Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, and have been broadcast on Radio and TV. From 1998-9 she was Birmingham city’s Poet Laureate. In recent years her work has diversified to include both fiction and drama, as well as literary translation and feature journalism. She has taught creative writing for the Open College of the Arts and the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Lifelong Learning. From 2000-2005 she organised the literature programme at mac (the Midlands Arts Centre). She is a member of the editorial advisory panel of Tindal Street Press. Sibyl won first prize in the 2008 Mslexia
started her professional life as an opera singer, performing principal roles in many of the world’s leading opera houses. Since 2002, she has been a writer and stage director. Her first novel, Long Gone Anybody, was published by Black Swan in 2004, and short-listed for the Pendleton May Award. Her second novel, Cold Comfort, was published by Doubleday in 2006, and featured on Radio 4?s Today programme as one of the first fictional novels dealing with the effects of climate change. She is currently working on her third. In 2003, she founded the multi-art form production company, The Paddock, for whom she frequently devises, commissions and directs work, and whose most recent project was a new site-specific opera by Orlando Gough performed in a disused warehouse. She is an Associate Tutor in Creative Writing at the University of Sussex, as well as a regular tutor for the Arvon Foundation.
initially trained as a teacher, but her interest took a different turn when she began to teach in prisons. This led to her becoming an assistant governor and, later on, an Independent Member of the Parole Board. Her non-fiction bookPrisons of Promise
was published by Waterside Books. The first creative writing she did was poetry, but she has successfully self-published three novels, The Estuary, The Reed Flute
andCompanion to Owls
. Each of these is set in East Anglia, where she has lived all her adult life. Tessa was one of the first mentors at TLC, work she currently combines with her own writing (she’s well into her fourth novel) and her second year as a student on the MA course Writing the Visual at Norwich University College of the Arts.