Mentoring with Kate Worsley
Explore Kate Worsley’s mentoring offer, aimed at developing long-form writing, whether that be fiction, non-fiction or somewhere in between.
Seek expert advice, tackle creative blockages and prepare your manuscript for publication
Looking for advice? Need feedback on your writing? Writers of all kinds often face challenges, from finding the time to write and tackling creative blockages to preparing manuscripts for publication. This is why NCW offers flexible mentoring packages through which writers can work one-to-one with an experienced mentor to overcome all kinds of obstacles.
Kate’s areas of expertise: fiction, creative non-fiction, longer-form writing
Kate is an experienced teacher and mentor whose speciality is long-form writing, whether fiction, non-fiction, or anywhere between the two, and in particular how to handle research, structure and setting. Whatever your level of experience, she aims to help you work out what it is you want to write, and how to write it as well as possible.
Mentoring works best as a sustained relationship over a period of time. You can book a single session with Kate, or multiple sessions. Book three or more sessions in one transaction with the same mentor and receive a 10% discount. This discount will be automatically applied to your basket.
How it works
For each session, you can send Kate up to 5,000 words, one week before you meet. During your one-hour session, you will discuss where you are with your writing journey, and she will help you to identify your priorities, aims and obstacles. She will give you feedback on your writing and together you will make a plan for how to progress.
Ready to book?
Single or introductory mentoring session
£95 for one, one-hour session
Trying mentoring for the first time? Seeking help for a particular challenge? Book a single, hour-long session with one of our experienced mentors and receive in-depth advice on taking your writing forward.
Single mentoring sessions are great if:
- You are new to mentoring and would like a taster of what the relationship can offer;
- You would like an introduction to your chosen mentor before embarking on a sustained period of support;
- You have a particular challenge or area of advice you would like to address.
Book your one-off session from the available dates on this page.
If your one-off mentoring session is a success, we recommend booking our ‘Aspire: mentoring package’ of three sessions or more.
Aspire: mentoring package (three session minimum)
From £285 (save 10% when booking three sessions or more)
Dedicate time to improving your craft and overcoming obstacles in your writing life with a bespoke package of support from an experienced writer mentor.
Develop a long-term, professional relationship with your mentor and together you can refine your manuscript, work on a funding application or implement an action plan to improve your creative practice — whatever it is that will help you to achieve your writing goals.
A mentoring package of three sessions minimum or more is great for writers who:
- Have drafted a manuscript and would like feedback and suggestions for improvement;
- Are ready to publish their work and would like advice on how to pitch to agents or find a publisher;
- Are at the early stages of a piece of work, or perhaps aren’t working on a particular project, and would like regular guidance and feedback on how to improve elements of their craft;
- Want to apply for funding, development opportunities, or find ways to create new avenues for income as a writer.
Your mentoring sessions will be tailored to your individual needs, so you can bring any creative challenges to the table.
Book three or more sessions in one transaction with the same mentor and receive a 10% discount on your total purchase. This discount will be automatically applied to your basket.
What others have said
‘The sessions have been fantastic. I’d lost a lot of confidence and I’ve really been inspired by them. I’m looking forward to more.’ – Toolkit mentee 2021
‘I am blown away by the depth and sensitivity of your observations. I have learned so much from this time working with you. Thank you so much for the quality of your input. I feel like I have learned to tell a story in the process of writing it with you.’ – Toolkit mentee 2020
‘Kate makes you feel like anything is possible with your writing.’ – Writers Company student 2019
‘Students respond to her obvious interest in them and what they are doing, and she has the knack of making them feel important and listened to.’ –Writing Project client 2018
‘Kate is an excellent teacher and has facilitated some fascinating discussions. She is clearly very knowledgeable but also allows the students to discuss their own understanding, interpretations and opinions. This has made for some really enjoyable classes.’ – City University MA student 2019
‘Kate Worsley does just what a great historical novelist should do: she inhabits her characters without strain, without fuss, but with obvious assurance, making them and their period feel utterly close and convincing. I can’t wait to see more of her fiction.’ – Sarah Waters, author of Booker-shortlisted ‘Fingersmith’ and ‘The Little Stranger’
Kate Worsley is an internationally published award-winning novelist and an experienced writing mentor and teacher, working mainly with writers of long-form fiction and non-fiction. She holds a BA in English Literature from UCL, an MA in Creative Writing from City, University of London and was RLF Literary Fellow at the University of Essex 2014-17. A visiting lecturer in creative writing at City since 2015, she also works with the Writers’ Company and the Writing Project. She holds an Introductory Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, is an associate fellow of Advance HE and a member of the National Association of Writers in Education. Previously an editor and feature writer for national newspapers and magazines, she also published a non-fiction book Personal Space (Conran Octopus, UK & Sweden). Her debut novel She Rises (Bloomsbury) won the New Angles Prize for Literature, the Historical Writers Association Debut Crown for New Historical Fiction and was a Lambda Literary Award finalist in the US. Her latest novel was to be published by Headline’s literary imprint, Tinder Press, in April 2023. You can find out more about her here.
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