Chapter and Verse

Do you want to develop your writing under the guidance of a published author or professional editor? Our unique and highly successful mentoring scheme Chapter and Verse is the ideal option for those serious about their writing and wanting in-depth advice about the publishing world.

“For me, the TLC mentoring scheme provided much better value for money than the writing MA I had previously undertaken . . . Crucially, too, there was no requirement for ‘jumping through the hoops’ of a University’s critical/analytical component. All the energy was focused on improving my novel, and it really paid off.”

Rachel Connor, Sisterwives 


Chapter and Verse is designed to work on an international basis as an online scheme and we only work with experienced mentors of the highest quality. It is for writers of fiction, creative non-fiction (including memoir), short stories, and poetry. The scheme was co-founded in 2007 with Sara Maitland, one of TLC’s most treasured writers and a manuscript assessor with the company until 2015. Sara had worked on a mentoring scheme with the British Council, and had seen first-hand the value of the online editorial support for writers. Rebecca Swift and Sara Maitland developed the unique TLC scheme together, and, with help of Arts Council England, launched the scheme which has become highly valued by writers who embark upon it. Sara brought with her some tried and tested mentors that she rated personally, and TLC has added some new ones. The net result is a cracking team.

“Yet again TLC has come up with a scheme that is both cutting-edge and a winner. Think of the mentoring scheme as a literary life support machine – so sign up and get creative.”

Simon Trewin, literary agent

How it works

As a mentee on the Chapter and Verse programme you will get:

  • one to one feedback with a tutor who has been specifically chosen to work with your style of writing
  • the opportunity to submit up to 60,000 words of prose (or equivalent poetry/short stories) over the course of 6 sessions (10, 000 words of prose, submitted sequentially, or the equivalent in poetry/short stories submitted every two months) offering you an invaluable level of feedback*
  • communication with your tutor via email: you can write when and where it suits you (no attending classes at a set time/location), perfect for those juggling professional/family commitments or living overseas
  • the chance to attend a TLC industry day at the vibrant Free Word Centre in central London where you will meet with fellow mentees, a literary agent and a publisher to discuss your work, how best to present yourself to agents and learn about the publishing industry.
  • if you cannot attend the industry day in London due to being overseas or travel is difficult for other reasons, then we can provide a CD of part of the industry day for your use only
  • a full TLC editorial assessment of your whole manuscript/collection/chapbook (worth on average £500) after completion of the course: your work will be read by one of our team of excellent editors (see TLC Editorial for information on our Readers) giving you a valuable second opinion and rounding off the process
  • the opportunity to be recommended to literary agents and publishers by TLC, should your final work be suitable
  • a professional in-house team at TLC, on hand to help with all aspects of your mentoring process

*Your full book project may exceed 60,000 words, but your mentoring sessions will cover the first 60,000 to help you work on your editorial and writing skills. Your full manuscript must be submitted to us within 6 months of completing your six mentoring sessions.

Chapter and Verse is priced extremely competitively at £1,950 plus VAT

“TLC’s mentoring scheme provides the chance to develop work in an encouraging environment, but it’s unique in also offering a realistic assessment. This combination of personal attention and truthful critical advice is ideal for anyone who is serious about their writing.”

Joanna Briscoe, author of Sleep With Me, Bloomsbury

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