One of the great joys of being a writing tutor is having the chance to work closely with other people on their writing, from individual stories and poems to book-length manuscripts, offering technical advice and acting as a mentor to enable people to pursue their writing ambitions. Developing feedback on other people’s stories and poems is 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.)
“Michael was my creative writing tutor for more than three years. His innovative approach was inspiring and unleashed a creative self I didn’t realise was there. As a result I have written a compilation of humorous true short stories for a paperback, with only a few more to go. Asking Michael to mentor me was an obvious choice and I am very happy with the work he has done. His comments are always clear and concise and every batch of stories was also returned with a covering letter, explaining the dos and donts and giving useful advice. His fees are also very reasonable and I am very grateful for his support with this – and hopefully – other projects.” (Connie B.)
“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.)
“Michael has been a sensitive and insightful reader of my work. He gave me much to think about, particularly in terms of character and motivation, which helped me to approach my manuscript afresh and with renewed enthusiasm. His gentle comments and questions are always on point, and his suggestions for further reading extremely useful. I thoroughly recommend Michael as an exceptional tutor in creative writing.” (Deborah T.)
“A book needs an editor – someone to cast an unbiased, critical eye over it. Knowing how conscientious Michael is, I had no hesitation in asking him to edit my collection of flash fiction. He didn’t disappoint. Michael approached the whole project in a professional, enthusiastic way, editing out many tiny errors, as well as making suggestions on how to improve individual stories and the narrative arc of the book. ‘Finding a Way’, my flash collection on the theme of grief is being published by Ad Hoc Fiction in February 2019.” (Diane Simmons)
with a summary of your project / needs, and to discuss arrangements, fees and any questions you have about how this service works.