1–1 Writers’ Surgeries

Short sessions to get you where you want to be

Our 1 – 1 Writers’ Surgeries are a professional development service that enables you to invest in yourself. It helps you to look at where you are, define your goals and ambitions and then plan a route to fulfilling them. It’s like a 1 – 1 sat nav for writers.

These sessions offer a safe, yet challenging space for you to pause and look at your career with the help of an objective and completely impartial mentor. It’s a structured process that’s all about focusing on you, your career and your professional development.

  • reflect on what you achieved so far
  • examine your goals, interests and choices
  • discuss what you want to achieve, and when
  • identify obstacles and achieve clarity to work through them
  • regain and maintain self-confidence
  • create a plan of action to achieve your goals

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 and a cover letter.

Once you have booked a 1 -1 Writers’ Surgery you will be contacted within seven days to discuss your requirements and arrange a date for your session. We work with you to find an appropriate mentor and may send you a questionnaire to complete to establish your aims. This allows your mentor to learn something about you before you both meet. In some cases you may submit a short sample of your work (3000–5000 words).

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

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

£150 per session (10% discount applies for New Writing South Friends).

How to book

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