Jericho Writers
4 Acer Walk , Oxford, OX2 6EX, United Kingdom
UK: +44 (0)345 459 9560
US: +1 (646) 974 9060

Our Mentoring Service

Get One-to-One Guidance on Writing Your Novel from Scratch, or from Existing Draft.

Our Mentoring Service

Get expert one-to-one mentoring as you write and edit your manuscript.

This service combines online mentoring and editorial feedback to help you work towards a novel that is publishable. It’s your chance to work on your manuscript from the start, or after completing a first draft of your novel, with your choice of award-winning mentors. 

Our experienced mentors have helped hundreds of writers write their own prize-winning books, via constant feedback and advice. The one-to-one tuition is designed to be entirely flexible around your writing life, and if your work is ready by the end, we can help you get it to market, too. 

A bespoke service, our mentoring comes in blocks of 10, 20 or 30 hours, depending on the level of guidance you’re looking for. These hours can be spread out however you and your mentor see fit, and include the time your mentor spends reading and editing your work, and any emails, calls or video chats you have together.

Key Information

Date: Immediate start.

Duration: 10, 20 or 30 hours spread over a period that suit your needs.

Price: £980 for 10 hours; £1,950 for 20 hours; £2,925 for 30 hours (*10% discount for members).

Entry: Apply Now.

Location: Online.

What Our Mentoring Service Offers You

Bespoke Mentoring

This mentoring service is tailored entirely to you and your writing goals. Whether you’re plotting a new story or editing your finished draft, your mentor will focus 100% on helping you work towards your own potentially prize-winning book.

One-to-one attention

You’ll work with your mentor directly, through email, phone calls or video calls. They’ll help you write from a single line synopsis through to a full plan for your novel. Or if you have your first draft, provide you with detailed feedback as you edit it into something saleable.

An individual experience

Before you start your journey, you’ll discuss your work with your mentor, to guarantee a personal experience and extensive mentoring at every stage. Mentoring is much more than an online writing class; this way of working ensures you meet with your mentor at every vital juncture in your development.

Work at your own pace

Each writing stage has different needs. You and your mentor can decide how to spread your sessions to help you with yours. This may include up to three, two-hour long phone or Skype meetings, to be used as and when you both think it makes sense.

I have been on a number of courses, including those that are selective and agency-run. This mentoring is easily the most impressive. The level of support and detailed feedback is incredible – as is the speed of the response. I have learnt so much and know, without a doubt, that my writing has really improved. By far the best support I have ever had.
Julie W – Mentoring Student
Having a mentor is the best thing I have done in my writing career. After after a week I felt inspired and so positive in my direction.
Les E – Mentoring Student
This mentoring programme has kicked my writing butt into the sharpest learning curve. Every comment relates to a specific piece of my work in progress so it’s a very personal acceleration.
Joanna V – Mentoring Student
The Jericho Mentorship experience has been the most important and helpful one of my whole writing career and the most helpful thing I’ve done in any field. The book I struggled with for so long finally makes sense to me and I’ve learned things that I can apply to this and all future projects.
Joshua N. – Mentoring Student
I can honestly say that the amount of progress I have made with mentoring is overwhelming. I am now more or less in a position where I can confidently say I can just go and write the novel. I would never have imagined so much could be achieved in such a short time. I have the plot worked out, the characters, the viewpoint, everything. Far, far more than I could have possibly imagined.
Bethany W – Mentoring Student

Our Mentors

Choose the Mentor Best-Fitted to Your Genre

Aliya Ali-Afzal


Specialises in: Contemporary fiction, crime and thriller, upmarket and book club fiction. Learn More.

Susan Allott


Specialises in: Contemporary, literary (including book club fiction), crime/thriller/action and women’s fiction. Learn More.

Mandy Berman


Specialises in: Contemporary, literary (including book club fiction), crime/thriller/action and women’s fiction. Learn More.

David Burr Gerrard


Specialises in: Fiction of all genres. Learn More.

Emma Cooper

Emma Cooper


Specialises in: Contemporary, literary (including book club), women’s fiction and romance and erotica. Learn More.

Gwyn GB


Specialises in: Self-publishing, digital marketing and building an author business, crime mysteries and thrillers, women’s fiction, and emotional suspense. Learn More.

Gary Gibson


Specialises in:  Science fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy and horror. Learn More.

Judith Heneghan


Specialises in: Contemporary fiction, historical fiction, fiction for young people aged 7+, nonfiction and educational books for all ages. Learn More.

Daren King


Specialises in: Crime, thriller, sci-fi and fantasy. Learn More.

Kate Lee


Specialises in: Children’s and early teen fiction (including picture books). Learn More.

Liz Monument


Specialises in: Dystopian, science fiction, historical, fantasy, literary fusions, and anything quirky or genre-bending. Learn More.

Annabel Pitcher


Specialises in: Children’s and young adult fiction, women’s fiction. Learn More.

Trisha Sakhlecha


Specialises in: Psychological suspense/thriller, crime, upmarket women’s fiction. Learn More.

Holly Seddon


Specialises in: Thriller, suspense, crime. Learn More.

Marcus Sedgwick


Specialises in: Nearly all fiction genres. He also works with subject-led non-fiction, picture books, children’s books and young adult.  Learn More.

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Neema Shah


Specialises in: Literary fiction, historical fiction, crime and thriller. Learn More.

Nicola Skinner

Nicola Skinner


Specialises in: Middle grade and young adult. Learn More.

Alexandra Tanner


Specialises in: Literary fiction, women’s fiction, speculative fiction, narrative/creative nonfiction. Learn More.

Tom Witcomb


Specialises in: Commercial and upmarket genre fiction: crime & thriller, adventure & action, historical, SFF and speculative. Learn More.

Philip Womack


Specialises in: Children’s books, YA, literary fiction, fantasy, literary biography. Learn More.

Sharon Zink

Sharon Zink


Specialises in: Literary and contemporary fiction, women’s fiction, crime, memoir, nonfiction proposals, academic work and poetry. She is also open to quirky or more experimental work. Learn More.

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Frequently asked
questions

1

Which genres are accepted?

All. Fiction and non-fiction.

2

What manuscript lengths do you accept?

All lengths. 

3

Is this service for UK writers only?

No, we work with writers from all around the world. 

4

Which mentors do you work with?

We’ve a team of award-winning authors with decades of tutorial experience, who’ve been hand-selected for quality and rigour. 

Meet them here.

5

How much does one-to-one mentoring cost?

It depends on the number of hours tuition you require. Get in Touch with us directly and we can provide a quote. 

6

How long will it take?

No fixed duration. 

7

How will I get the editorial changes returned to me?

You’ll be working online directly with your tutor.  

8

How does it fit around my work-life?

The mentoring process is very flexible, and you and your mentor can discuss the timetable that is best for you.  

9

What if my work needs more attention than this service offers?

In that situation, we’ll tell you. You’ll fill in an application page before you start, so we know you’re ready for all that mentoring brings you.  

10

Will my editor respect my own personal style and voice?

Yes. That’s very important to us. As writers ourselves, we know that we can’t just impose a house style on your prose and expect that to be okay. 

11

What if I don’t agree with the changes?

If there are areas your mentor think need changes, it’s up to you to make up your own mind. It’s about your decisions, not your mentor’s. 

12

Will my mentor read my full manuscript? 

Although our Mentoring Service is bespoke to you and your needs, generally, our mentors won’t read your entire manuscript. This is because there might not be enough time for your mentor to read your entire manuscript and offer feedback/guidance. If you are interested in receiving a written editorial report on your entire manuscript, you might want to consider our Editorial Services such as a Manuscript Assessment or Developmental Edit.