The Breakthrough Story So Far
The Breakthrough Writers’ Programme opened in Spring 2021 with a series of courses, mentoring and scholarships for Black writers and for writers with low income.
The free opportunities for under-represented writers that have already taken place include:
- An intensive five-day online Novel-Writing Course for 15 Black Writers, with tutors Jacob Ross and Laura Barnett (group pictured above)
- A nine-month Mentoring Programme for 5 Black Writers, which began in March 2021
- Four sponsored scholarships (for Black writers and writers with low income), providing fully funded places on our selective-entry writing courses – see below for full details
We are currently reading the applications for our next intensive Breakthrough Novel-Writing Course for 15 Writers with Low Income. And the next mentoring programme – for five Writers with Low Income – is open for applications until 11th April.
The next series of free opportunities for under-represented writers, to run Autumn 2021, will be announced and opened for applications soon.
Our objective is to seek out talented writers, who would not otherwise have joined our creative writing courses, and give them the best of our tuition and mentoring, delivered by successful author-tutors, literary agents and publishers. We hope that our support and expertise will help writers maximise the potential of their works-in-progress and pitch them with confidence to the book industry.
Watch our meet the mentees video
Our Breakthrough writers say
‘Your course exceeded my expectations and they were pretty high already… I was amazed at how rewarding learning can be online and feel it was a lot to do with the personal input of tutors and staff and the mix of forum, one to one and group work.’ – Kim Squirell, Breakthrough Novel-Writing Course Feb 2021
‘Writing is something of a solitary experience, having the opportunity to interact with other writers and published authors in an open forum was an invaluable experience which I will cherish always.’ – Basil Creese, Breakthrough Novel-Writing Course Feb 2021
‘Thank you so much! I had several lightbulb moments during the course. I feel there’s been a shift in how I will write from now on.’ – Clementine Burnley, Breakthrough Novel-Writing Course Feb 2021
‘This course was fantastic and has helped me feel more confident.’ – Remi Graves, Breakthrough Novel-Writing Course Feb 2021
Meet our Breakthough writers
Meet our latest Breakthrough mentees
Discover the writing projects our current Breakthrough mentees are working on with their expert author-mentors.
Meet the Clare Mackintosh Novel scholar
Stacey Thomas has been awarded the Clare Mackintosh Scholarship for Black Writers for her novel-in-progress The Revels.
Meet the CHEERIO Novel Scholar
Roisin McAweaney has been awarded the CHEERIO Scholarship For Writers With Low Income for her novel-in-progress Salted Caramel.
Meet the HW Fisher TV Drama scholar
Joey Levenson has been awarded the HW Fisher Scholarship for TV Screenwriters with Low Income for their TV drama Know the Way.
Meet the HW Fisher Novel scholar
Brooke Maddison has been awarded the HW Fisher Scholarship for Writers with Low Income for her novel-in-progress Adrift.
Our Current Breakthrough Opportunities
Find out how to apply for the courses, mentoring and scholarships currently on offer to under-represented writers.