I have received an email from an author who thought I had made the selection of authors to be mentored – I havent. I have however made the selection of authors to be considered for the mentorship program and they have all been contacted and all have sent in their full manuscripts. I am reading … Sorry for any confusion! Continue reading JUST TO BE CLEAR …
I have written to all the authors now whose work stood out and have received the novels. It is an exciting task to be reading the full work, seeing how each writer has chosen to develop their story, build their characters and construct their worlds. The novels range from realistic to fantasy and the voices are wonderful. It is going to be a tough call … Continue reading CALL IN DONE …
I am excited to start reading the submissions from authors for the mentorship programme and thank you everyone who applied. I shall try to get back to everyone, one way or another, quickly so there is not too much waiting. I also look forward to confirming and announcing the exciting mentors who will work with authors on fine tuning manuscripts, professionalising social media, polishing presentation … Continue reading MENTORING SUBMISSIONS ARE IN
It is now only a week until the deadline for submitting your work for the mentorship programme – an unmissable opportunity for a BAME author for editorial and professional guidance during 2018 that will help prepare a manuscript for submission as well as the writer for the work involved in being a writer from best use of social media to mastering the art of events. … Continue reading 2019 Mentorship initiative.
Neil Gaiman said that he learnt to write novels by writing short stories – and letting them get longer. It is a wonderful narrative form that really tests the ability of a writer as it demands all the tension, character and jeopardy of a longer novel to grip the reader – but in so few words. At SCOOP we publish short stories as a core … Continue reading CALL FOR SHORT STORIES
The summer holidays are over, it feels like everyone is back at work (and school!) and I am looking forward to considering the applicants for the mentorship scheme which will be part of the work that we undertake as ‘Writers Weekend Workshop’. It is important to offer support for new writers and to help people on their journey to publication. The mentorship scheme is designed … Continue reading MENTORSHIP SCHEME
Malorie spoke to a group of 35 emerging writers at the Writer’s Workshop recently in Brixton and was inspirational and informative on the importance of getting the plotting of books right. She gave robust and practical advice and during her fantastic talk mentioned quite a few books that had helped her and from which she learnt a lot. If you would like to find out … Continue reading Reading tips from Malorie Blackman