Mentoring

“The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable.  Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow.” Kurt Vonnegut

Alongside my own writing, I offer a bespoke mentoring service to writers whose work sparks my interest. Skill level concerns me less than liking what you’re trying to achieve and believing I can help you get there, and I’ve supported a variety of writers – from helping prisoners create storybooks for their kids, to acting as a mentor for City, University of London’s Novel Writing MA. Services range from giving feedback on a standard submission package (letter, first three chapters and one-page synopsis) to a full report on your novel – via chapter outlines, theme discussions, unpicking unruly plots…  You name it – if I like your writing, I’m in. Costs vary depending on your requirements, but to give you an idea I charge £250 for feedback on a standard submission package. Get in touch via the contact page if you’d like to explore your work with me.

Testimonials

“Finn brings kindness, humanity and compassion when working with others, appreciating other writers’ styles and approaches, and offering support without imposing her own viewpoint. She has the unique ability to gently guide writers to those important discoveries so that they feel an equal partner in the mentoring process.”

Louise Sharland, winner of Big Issue Novel Prize and author of The Lake  (pub by Avon Books.)

“Thank you for hauling my synopsis into such a better place. You are a wordsmith marvel – not only queen of the comma but mistress of the n.n. (not necessary)!”

Liz Todman, graduate of Curtis Brown Creative. Long-listed for the Debut Dagger 2021.

“Finn offered ‘spot on’ feedback – sometimes hard to hear but always useful. She was careful not to impose her own views, making me think things through for myself and come up with solutions, and encouraged me to take risks that added to the depth and complexity of my work. I know my writing has improved hugely with her support and encouragement.”

Wendy Murphy, City, University of London, MA mentee, graduated with distinction.

 

 

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