We offer a structured mentoring programme to help you work on your manuscript, troubleshoot particular issues and develop your craft.

Mentoring is aimed at those seeking targeted, detailed one-to-one feedback. Each session will focus on how best to support you – whether you are working towards a finished manuscript, embarking on an edit, or looking for advice on next steps or guidance as you embark on a new project.

Mentoring takes place over nine months and consists of three hour-long sessions with a mentor from our author/tutor team.

Your mentor will read up to 10,000 words of your work before each session and then provide valuable and constructive feedback verbally and by giving you 500 words of notes each time. You can also use a mentoring session to have an in-depth discussion about plot issues, by instead sending a synopsis plus an 8,000-word extract – or just a synopsis and a sheet of issues and questions to put to the mentor.

The sessions take place on a date to be agreed between you, for one hour. Usually mentoring take place over Zoom, but where possible may take place in person (subject to mentor’s preference and availability). The three sessions should be spread so that they happen approximately every three months across the nine-month period.

Huge thanks for sending Emily into my writing life, we get on brilliantly – she ‘gets’ the book – and me – which is the most wonderful gift

Kitty Buchanan-Gregory

Exclusive benefits

If you sign up for our mentoring scheme, you’ll get access to our bespoke submission list service. When you’re ready to send the novel you’re working on with CBC to agents, we will produce a tailored list of UK agents (outside of Curtis Brown and C&W) for you to pitch your work to. Abby Parsons, senior manager at CBC and formerly an editor at Hachette UK, will take a look at your synopsis, pitch letter and opening and draw on her experience and knowledge of agents and their interests to produce a personalised submissions list for your particular novel, with details of at least ten agents. (This service will be provided in addition to the personal submission to CB and C&W that all alumni can access.)

Fees & dates

The next round of alumni mentoring will run from Nov 2022 to Aug 2023. The final deadline for signing up is Mon 31 Oct.

£1,500, payable in full before mentoring starts, or via three agreed instalments.

We’re pleased to be able to offer a small number of subsidised places for those who would like to undertake mentoring but can’t afford this fee. If you would like to apply for a subsidised place, email and explain why you feel you should qualify for one of the few places available. Please include information about who you would ideally like to work with and a brief paragraph about the novel you’re working on. Please note these subsidised places are few in number and there will still be a fee to pay (in three instalments).

To sign up for mentoring, we will ask you to please email us with a little summary of the novel you’re writing and if you have a preferred mentor from the list below. As ever, if you’d like any advice on who might be a good fit for your work, please do ask. Each mentor only has limited spaces and they are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, so get in touch as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. If we can’t match you with your first choice mentor, we will endeavour to suggest a suitable alternative.

Meet our mentors

All of our mentors are industry professionals with teaching experience to help guide you through your writing journey in a way that best suits you.

Laura Barnett

  • #1 Bestseller
  • Author of 3 acclaimed novels

Craig Barr-Green

  • Award-winning children's author
  • Lecturer at Falmouth University

Emily Barr

  • Bestselling YA author

Suzannah Dunn

  • Author of 14 acclaimed novels
  • Over a quarter of a million copies sold in the UK alone

Lizzie Enfield

  • Columnist for Writing Magazine
  • Author of 5 acclaimed novels

Anna Freeman

  • Winner of the 2013 Tibor Jones Pager-Turner Prize
  • Slam-winning spoken word performer

Abbie Greaves

  • Shortlisted for the RNA Debut Novel of the Year Award

Sarah Hilary

  • Winner of the 2015 Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year Award
  • Award-winning short story writer

Simon Ings

  • Author of 8 acclaimed novels
  • Columnist for the Times

Nikita Lalwani

  • Longlisted for the 2007 Man Booker Prize
  • Winner of the 2008 Desmond Elliot Prize

Lauren Pearson

  • Author of five books for young readers
  • Former literary agent and current freelance editor

Simon Wroe

  • Winner of the Betty Trask Award
  • Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award

Christopher Wakling

  • Author of 6 acclaimed novels
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