1–1 Writers’ Surgeries

Short sessions to get you where you want to be

1 – 1 Writers’ Surgeries are a one-off mentoring session with one of our experienced mentors, all of whom are published authors or poets. These sessions offer a safe, yet challenging space for you to look at an extract of your writing (prose or poetry) with the help of an objective and completely impartial mentor.  You’ll submit a short sample of your writing (usually 2000 words plus a synopsis) to your mentor. After their review you’ll receive an annotated copy of your writing extract together with their suggestions and feedback. You’ll then have the opportunity to meet with the mentor on Zoom, for a 1-1 session (up to 90 minutes) where you can follow up on any questions or comments you may have.

If you are already a significant way into your writing project, a 1-1 Writers’ Surgery is also an effective way of exploring whether you would benefit from undertaking a longer mentoring programme (3 – 9 months) with New Writing South.

Preparing a manuscript for submission?

For writers who have completed a project and are ready to approach agents and publishers, we can offer a dedicated 1 – 1 Writers’ Surgery focusing on an excerpt of your work, your synopsis and cover letter.

What to expect

Your session with your mentor will last up to 90 minutes and will usually take place on Zoom.

Shortly after the session your mentor will forward any information promised during your session and you will be asked to complete a short evaluation of the process.

The 1-1 Writers’ Surgery is £150.

How to book

Contact us by e-mail to enquire or to book your session.