Write Words interviews Caroline McCarthy, Manager of The Literary Consultancy, about their new mentoring scheme for writers.
Tell us about the mentoring scheme
In short, the TLC mentoring scheme gives writers the chance to develop their work over the course of a year. It will include 6 one to one “tutorials” (conducted by email or post) by a carefully chosen mentor, who will be an experienced published author. At the end of the course writers will receive a manuscript assessment from a TLC and be invited to spend a day in London meeting with members of the publishing industry, such as literary agents and editors from leading houses. We are offering a discount of over £700 to the first 20 writers who enroll, so it’s a good time to join up! We are immensely grateful to The Arts Council England for supporting this scheme.
Why did you decide to launch a mentoring scheme for writers?
We see many writers who’ve had their manuscript assessed by us return with redrafts time after time, so offering ongoing tuition feels very much like a natural progression for TLC. Both myself, and TLC’s Director, Rebecca Swift, share a passion for working with new writers. We believe in nurturing the creative processes involved in writing, but also encourage people to think realistically about their work. The mentoring scheme – with its TLC read and an ‘industry day’ – fits in perfectly with our ethos: it’s great for people to develop their work but one needs a strong awareness of the realities of getting published.
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