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Bespoke Mentoring with Inscribe Media

Why should you hire a professional writing mentor? Isn’t it enough to attend a class/workshop or a writing group? Or ask a friend or relative to comment?

It depends what you want and need.

Bespoke mentoring from Inscribe Media brings the experience and expertise to -

• understand your work

• nurture you and your writing

• let you retain control of your ideas and your writing

* provide expert, specific advice about what is working and what isn’t.

We focus on major issues, such as how your story hangs together, what your characters are doing or could be doing, what is hurting your story’s momentum, what story elements are not pulling their weight. We identify the differences between good and great.

We point out your writing strengths, so you become confident about what not to change.

We give suggestions and help you establish good processes and writing goals, but leave it up to you to accept or reject.

We also suggest markets for your work.

The value of getting a Mentor early

If you think a Mentor is a good idea, it may help to get our professional help early in your writing project. Our mentors, led by crime novelist John Dean (more on John at www.johndean.ning.com) have great experience in helping writers enjoy success through working side by side with them, identifying and correcting problems large and small.

Services and costs

Whatever stage you are at as a writer Inscribe Media will provide you with one-to-one guidance, tailored to your specific writing needs. This advice will uniquely be provided through face-to-face meetings (in person or Skype depending on location), phone conversations and regular online communication across an agreed period.

During the mentoring process, you can upload an agreed number of tranches of your work and as well as on-going feedback from your Mentor, you will receive a full written report at each stage, with a concluding report at the end of the complete mentoring period, which will assess the stage you and your writing have reached, what areas need to be developed further and advice on where to go next with your work.

Mentoring across 3 months (90 days)

Suitable for Writers who have an idea they wish to develop in detail. Writers who have an early draft they need help in restructuring or need some detailed expert input early on.

- 30,000 words total manuscript word count - £500

- 60,000 words total manuscript word count - £600

Mentoring across 6 months (180 days)

Suitable for Writers who have other commitments which do not permit a faster mentoring scheme. Writers who already have text that they want hands-on help on refining and reworking but require several weeks in which to do this each time they receive their Mentor’s feedback on the previous tranche.

- 30,000 words total manuscript word count - £750

- 60,000 words total manuscript word count - £850

The 3-month and 6-month options have the same level of support and communication, delivered across different time periods:

Initial consultation:

- a one-to-one 1-hour meeting (in person or Skype) or a 1-hour phone conversation to discuss your needs, availability and expectations from this Service. This includes agreeing a schedule and process with your Mentor, based on some sample workflows.

Subsequent regular communication includes:

- 2 phone calls of 1 hour each or 2 face-to-face meetings of 1 hour each or a combination of these

- email communication, review and feedback of up to the equivalent of an additional 25 hours

- Written Reports reviewing each of the 3 content tranches of up to 10,000 words you upload
 for on-going assessment.

Mentoring across 12 months

The 12-month option will suit writers who require more sustained one-to-one guidance on their work. This option provides more regular communication with your Mentor.

- up to 30,000 words total manuscript word count - £1000

- up to 60,000 words total manuscript word count - £1200

The 12-month option provides additional contact and more written feedback:

Initial consultation:

- a one-to-one 1-hour meeting (in person or Skype) or a 1-hour phone conversation to discuss your needs, availability and expectations from this Service. This includes agreeing a schedule and process with your Mentor, based on some sample workflows.

Subsequent regular communication includes:

- 4 phone calls of 1 hour each or 4 face-to-face meetings of 1 hour each or a combination of these

- email communication, review and feedback of up to the equivalent of an additional 40 hours

- Review of up to a maximum of 60,000 words. Up to 6 Tranches of up to 10,000 each
can be delivered for assessment.

* These prices are inclusive of VAT

Application process

1. Complete the application form and choose either the 3, 6 or 12-month option.

2. To be accepted on the Mentoring scheme you must submit with your application -

• A 2-page synopsis

• A sample of your manuscript, 3 chapters or up to 10,000 words

Please make sure the pages are numbered (and named, where appropriate) and use a standard typeface such as Times New Roman in 12pt and double-spaced. The accepted file types are: .doc .docx .rtf .pdf

3. We will review your synopsis and manuscript then confirm your booking by email if we have a mentor available suitable to your genre with the in-depth experience of the market your book is targeting, and of writing and publishing more generally.

4. Payment will be in two stages. 25% of the total fee is paid upon confirmation of the booking, the remaining payment is made half-way through the mentoring period. Payment is via Paypal, BACS or Debit Card only.

Please note that we cannot accept submissions which do not comply with our criteria. You must ensure that you have filled in the Application form, submitted a synopsis and up to 3 sample chapters or 10,000 words initially.

5. After a successful application and payment confirmation your mentor will contact you to arrange a phone call or one-to-one initial consultation. Together you will agree a schedule of work and whether you would prefer telephone or face-to-face contact or a mix of both.

The Mentoring period will commence from the date your Mentor first contacts you.

6. If you are unsuccesful in your application you will receive an explanation why.

7. All scripts remain the writers property and will not be copied, shared or distributed without the express permission of the author.

Mentoring Application

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Got a Story to tell?

Keen to be a writer?

Then this could be your big chance...

Creative writing tutor John Dean runs a popular course at the Friends’ Meeting House in Skinnergate, Darlington.

The adult learning courses, previously staged at Darlington Arts Centre, deal with all aspects of creative writing, focusing primarily on prose, including short stories, novels and writing as well as occasional forays into the world of stage, theatre and radio.

Each course is different and deals with everything from characterisation to plotting, creating strong sense of place to how to edit.

Bookings are now being taken for the the next term course.

More information is available from John on
01325 463813 or email deangriss@btinternet.com

 

£95Online Creative
Writing Course

Our aim is to help aspiring writers to improve their technique and improve their chances of being successful, either in competitions or admissions to book and magazine publishers.

When you enrol you will be offered a series of themed courses or the chance to seek advice on one of your projects.

There is no official certificate of qualification at the end of the course but we hope you will have gained immeasurably as a writer.

The 10 week course will be led by John Dean and  features:

• Personal attention

• Exercises and practical work are central to the learning process

Discussions by email

• Because the tutor is on line, you can do the work at time and pace that suits you

• Motivation to write for pleasure or profit.

Learn Creative Writing with practical advice

Lesson 1

An examination of where ideas come from - what is that triggers ideas in writers? Students will be asked to come up with a strong idea for a story

Lesson 2

Once you have the idea, how do you develop it? What are the first steps in putting together a strong and compelling story?

We’ll look at the art of story plotting. The difference between novels and short stories when it comes to plotting.

Lesson 3

How can you use places and landscapes to aid your story telling?

Lesson 4

How do you pick characters to do the job? What are their functions in storytelling?

Lesson 5

A question of conflict. How conflict can be used to develop stories that assume a life of their own.

Lesson 6

That all important start to your story - how do you grab the reader right from the off?

Lesson 7

Writing with pace - how do you produce a narrative that keeps your reader turning the page?

Lesson 8

Pulling it all together - how to produce the finished piece of work.

Lesson 9

Editing - how to make those changes that make all the difference.

Lesson 10

Feedback to your end-of-course piece of work.

For further details you can contact John at deangriss@btinternet.com

Booking Form

 

£25Writer Mentoring
Taster Sessions

Your chance to Work 1 on 1 with a Published Writer

We know that writing can be a lonely pastime so we have created an online rapid response service which allows you to gain feedback on your work and discuss issues of concern in your writing with published writer John Dean, author of eleven crime novels.

Our aim is to help aspiring writers to improve their technique and improve their chances of being successful, either in competitions or admissions to book and magazine publishers.

We are here to answer your questions, whether it's; what do literary agents do? How do you know what genre you’ve written? Will agents still look at my MS if I've self-published? Or, how on earth do I sum up my whole novel in just one or two pages?

Whatever your question, whatever your conundrum, even if you’re just looking for a little reassurance, we are here to help..

Key features

• Personal attention

• Bespoke constructive advice from the experts in good time and at a fair price

• Renewed confidence and motivation to continue your project or honest advice saving you time followed by help to explore fresh possibilities

How it works

•  After submitting your question and making a payment, a confirmation email will be sent to your email address.

• We will respond with a 1-2 page response within 2 working days. Please note, your response may take longer over bank holiday

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Inscribe Media Limited 18 Milbank Court, Darlington, Co Durham DL3 9PF       01325 463813           email deangriss@btinternet.com