One of the great joys of being a writing tutor is having the chance to help other writers with their manuscripts, and enabling people to pursue their writing ambitions. It’s probably my favourite part of the job.
I’ve worked as an editor / tutor with other writers for over ten years, providing advice on novels, short stories, flash fiction, poetry, prose poems, non-fiction / autobiography / family biography, children’s books and playscripts.
I’m available for manuscript feedback and more general ongoing creative mentoring, in person (in London and Bath/Bristol area), and / or by post, email, and Skype.
Proofreading – correcting spelling / typos, punctuation, etc (e.g. for publication or manuscript submission).
Copy Editing – advice on good English style, omitting unnecessary words, accurate and smooth grammar, etc.
Creative Feedback – suggestions for enhancing creative and technical aspects e.g. characterisation, plot, setting, point of view, dialogue, vocabulary & imagery, rhythm, form (e.g. for poetry), etc.
Creative Mentoring – goal clarification / goal setting, motivation, overcoming obstacles to writing / productivity, accountability, advice on publishing opportunities, freeing up greater creativity, reading recommendations, etc.
– size of job (fee reduction available for larger projects)
“Michael is outstanding for the time he spends and the support he gives in his work as editor and mentor. In my experience his patience and insight are deeply encouraging when dealing with both fiction and non fiction. His care and meticulous attention to the work in hand is exemplary… I can testify that without Michael’s help a way forward would not have been possible. It was money well spent.” (D.D.)
“Michael is meticulous in the quality of attention he gives to one’s work, with tactful comments and creative suggestions both in written comments and oral discussion… His own enthusiasm and belief in the writer’s potential are inspiring and he is keen to advise on further steps towards serious work. An hour spent with someone so dedicated to one’s own products, in conjunction with Michael’s written comments, is truly nourishing.” (V.R.)
“Michael’s feedback on my collection of poems was by far the most detailed and best informed advice I have ever received on my writing. His extended comments on each single poem and on the collection as a whole were immensely helpful. His highly rational suggestions opened my eyes to a new way of viewing my own writing and taught me how to become my own best critic… I would recommend Michael to any writer who is looking for a truly different type of mentoring. His mentoring will elevate the strength of your writing to a whole new level. It is also important to mention that the quality of the service you receive surpasses the money you would spend.” (N.M.)
“I felt validated as a poet. Feedback was thorough, insightful and thoughtful. Michael took time to unravel why less successful lines needed more attention. A courteous, supportive relationship was quickly established; he paid attention to what I had specifically asked him to look at and gave clear advice… Value for money was good. Communications were swift and within agreed time frames. I found the comments have led me to positive development because while they were encouraging they also indicated where and why my work needed to improve. I’d recommend Michael as a sympathetic and helpful mentor whose aim is to progress the work of the mentee.” (Nola T.)
“With my novella-in-flash already accepted for publication, I was seeking help to ensure that the grammar, format and sentence structures were as professional as possible. I received my annotated manuscript back quickly. A summary page of common errors helped me to digest repeating patterns or areas for improvement. Each note within the main text was clear and precise. A structural suggestion for the novella as a whole added clarity and I think improved the reading experience. I have already amended some of my writing practice. As someone with no educational background in English literature and language past the age of sixteen, I learnt a significant amount to help my writing in the future. In terms of value for money, Michael was generous in taking into account the level of input I required and amended the price accordingly. I found the experience supportive and professional.” (Stephanie H.)
with a summary of your project / needs, and to discuss arrangements, fees and any questions you have about how this service works.