with Keiron Pim
Keiron offers constructive and friendly sessions for writers working on creative non-fiction projects, including memoir and biography, who would like help with developing their research techniques and improving their prose.
For each session, you can send Keiron an extract of your work in progress (up to 5000 words) one week before you meet. Then during the one-hour session, Keiron will give you feedback on your writing.
As well as specific feedback, sessions will also cover general skills in interviewing and archival research, and how to hone your text at both the sentence and structural levels.
“Keiron is a warm, personable and astute mentor, who taught me a considerable amount as I wrote an educational manuscript. I have learnt much more than I expected with his assistance and skilful input. I am delighted to be able to recommend him highly.” – B.W., Essex.
Keiron will return to Dragon Hall to provide creative non-fiction mentoring in 2020. Please return to the website or subscribe to our e-newsletter for the latest announcements.
Keiron Pim’s book Jumpin’ Jack Flash: David Litvinoff and the Rock’n’Roll Underworld (Jonathan Cape), was hailed as ‘the best debut’ biography of 2016 by Kathryn Hughes in her end of year round-up in the Guardian and as a Book of the Year by The Times. Extensive coverage in the national press included a five-star review in the Daily Telegraph, which described it as a ‘captivating’, ‘revelatory’, ‘extraordinary book’, and a Guardian review that called it ‘a vivid, engrossing and very odd biography’. In the TLS’s assessment it was ‘a very good book about a very bad man’. Jumpin’ Jack Flash was longlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize, shortlisted in the Wales Book of the Year Awards’ category for Creative Non-Fiction and won the Biography and Memoir category at the 2016 East Anglian Book Awards. Before that Keiron wrote The Bumper Book of Dinosaurs (Square Peg, 2013, published in the USA as Dinosaurs: the Grand Tour), and edited and introduced Into the Light: the Medieval Hebrew Poetry of Meir of Norwich (East Publishing, 2013), collaborating with Writers’ Centre Norwich (now the National Centre for Writing) to publish this significant poet’s complete works in translation for the first time. Keiron spent 13 years at the Eastern Daily Press where his assignments spanned from hard news – for instance as an embedded reporter with Royal Anglian Regiment soldiers in Iraq – to celebrity interviews. He was named Feature Writer of the Year at the national Regional Press Awards. Since leaving the EDP in 2013 he has written for the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph and the Spectator. Alongside his writing, Keiron works as a proofreader, an editor and a mentor to aspiring non-fiction authors. He is married with three daughters and lives in Norwich. He is represented by Matthew Hamilton at Aitken Alexander Associates. Website