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One-to-One Mentoring
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Overview

Just starting out on your writing journey? Or perhaps you're a bit further along that journey and want help honing your craft at a word / sentence level? Or are you embarking on a new project and want some support as you take those first steps?

In a one-to-one mentorship, I'll design a bespoke package that works for you, identifying short-term and long-term goals, putting in place a programme that helps you achieve them through a mix of monthly catch-up chats, feedback on your work and email support.

Programmes

How Does It Work?
1.
Monthly catch-up

A one hour chat via Google Meet. A chance to:

  • Discuss and develop your ideas 

  • Work through issues you've encountered in the previous month

  • Learn new techniques and ideas to rocket-boost your writing

  • Set achievable goals and celebrate progress

2.
Feedback on your work

One and a half hours of feedback credit per month which might cover:

  • structural review of 3,500 words OR

  • detailed edit of 1,500 words​ OR

  • line edit of 2,500 words

3.
Email support

Half an hour of support via email to:

 

  • Help with ad hoc thoughts and questions throughout the month

  • Follow-up on feedback to clarify or expand details and comments

  • Keep you motivated and help with ideas when problems crop up

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Lift-Off: Flash Fiction

Is it right for me?

  • You should be at the start of your writing career (fewer than ten published pieces)

  • You should be looking to focus primarily on short fiction with flash fiction as your starting point 

What does it involve?

During the one-to-one sessions, you'll get bespoke teaching on areas such as:

  • Story elements

  • Narrative structure

  • Creating lifelike characters

  • Plotting emotional journeys

  • Building tension

​Each month, you'll be set one or two writing challenges focusing on a particular skill.

I'll suggest a reading list to complement your learning.

 
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The Devil is in the Detail: The Nitty-Gritty of Writing Technique

Is it right for me?

  • You should be an emerging / intermediate writer

  • You should be specifically looking to hone your writing at a word / sentence level

  • You might be focusing on short fiction or working on something longer

What does it involve?

During the one-to-one sessions, you'll get bespoke teaching on areas such as:

  • Sentence craft

  • Rhythm and flow

  • Concision and specificity

  • Literary devices

  • Editing techniques

Each month, you'll be set one or two writing challenges focusing on a particular skill.

I'll suggest a reading list to complement your learning.

 
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One Step at a Time: Project Support for Novels, Novellas and Collections

Is it right for me?

  • You should be an emerging / intermediate writer

  • You should be at the early stages of a large project (either a novella, a novella-in-flash, a novel or a collection of short fiction)

What does it involve?

During the one-to-one sessions, we'll discuss your project and set achievable short-term and long-term goals; we'll discuss problem areas in your work-in-progress and identify a sensible way forwards.

If required, you'll get bespoke teaching on identified areas of weakness either at a structural or word / sentence level.

Each month, we'll set a progress target to take your project forwards at a pace that works for you.

I'll suggest a reading list to complement your learning.

 
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Other Information

How long would the mentorship last?


This depends on the goals or project scope of each particular writer. The minimum initial commitment is three months.

How much does the mentorship cost?

The standard package costs £75 per month. This covers:

  • 1 hour monthy catch-up via Google Meet

  • 1.5 hours of feedback credit

  • 0.5 hours of email support

Can the mentorship be adapted to fit what works best for me?

At our introductory meeting, we'll work out a plan that works for you. This might involve a longer monthly catch-up to enable more one-to-one teaching and learning, additional feedback credit, or meeting more often to allow you to get from A to B at a faster pace.

When would catch-up meetings be scheduled?

Meetings would normally need to be scheduled during the following hours (Monday to Friday):

  • 10:00 - 17:00 (GMT / BST)

Meetings may also be scheduled on some Sundays (except during July / December) at the same times as above.

I am applying for DYCP or other funding - can I use this mentorship on my application?

Please contact me in advance at matt@mattkendrick.co.uk to make sure we are a good fit.

I am a low income writer - can I get a funded place?

While I am committed to opening up writing opportunites to all writers based on ability to write rather than ability to pay, I am currently unable to offer fully or partially funded places.

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Apply for a Mentorship Programme

Applications are currently closed. If you would like to express your interest in working with me in the future, please send me an email to matt@mattkendrick.co.uk

Before applying, please note that I am only able to work with a limited number of writers at any one time and will therefore select writers to work with based on whether I feel I would be a good fit for your particular goals / projects. All applications will receive a response within one month.

If you have a Google account, please use the link below:

Applications closed

To apply without signing into Google, please use the following link. Note that you will need to send a writing sample following completion of the form:

Applications closed