1 week left to apply for my YA mentoring course


JUST 1 WEEK LEFT TO APPLY! Sign up for my 15 week mentoring course with WriteMentor. 1 fully funded scholarship place is available.

This course is designed for writers of YA fiction, who are already competent in the basics of writing craft, but wish to elevate their work to the next level.

It is a demanding, intense course which will require a huge degree of commitment from everyone who gets a place. But like pressure and heat does to graphite, you too can produce a diamond.


Start date: Monday 13th January 2020
End date: Sunday 5th May 2020

Cost: £600

Number of students: 10

Eligibility:  You must have written at least 15,000 words of a YA novel and be able to give feedback to two writers every week during the 15 week course. This is a COMPULSORY element of the course.

Time commitment:
Approx 10 hours a week – this is an intense course and you should only apply if you feel you can commit this time for the duration of the 15 weeks.

Mechanics of feedback:
The students selected will send 3 x 5000 word extracts to Lauren for critique and also post 3 x 5000 word extracts for their 9 peers to critique. Students may chose to have the same extracts reviewed by both Lauren and their peers, or they can choose to post different ones.

You will submit 3 extracts to Lauren:

– Round 1: 1st 5K submitted – due 13th January.

– Round 2: 2nd 5K submitted – due 17th February.

– Round 3: 3rd 5k submitted – due 23rd March.

Lauren will also review your query letter if you are at this stage.

Each student will also get a 1-2-1 consultation with Lauren during the second half of the course to discuss progress, strengths, development areas and moving forward.

Every fortnight, Lauren will produce a set of craft notes of a variety of writing topics. The course notes will use examples taken from Lauren’s published writing to illustrate the lessons.

Please note that Lauren will require to see a 1500 word outline of the whole story in addition to the writing sample asked for. She will give you feedback on this outline and our students have all found this extremely worthwhile.

APPLICATION FORM: https://forms.gle/zV9VMiu5uZmUFBUW8
CLOSING DATE: December 24th

Contact WriteMentor with any application queries!



At the end of the course, the following agents have agreed to look at your completed manuscript:

Claire Wilson (RCW), Clare Wallace (Darley Anderson) and Jo Williamson (Antony Harwood).



Published by Lauren James

Lauren James is the twice Carnegie-nominated British author of many Young Adult novels, including Green Rising, The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. She is a RLF Royal Fellow, freelance editor and screenwriter. Lauren is the founder of the Climate Fiction Writers League, and on the board of the Authors & Illustrators Sustainability Working Group through the Society of Authors. Her books have sold over a hundred thousand copies worldwide and been translated into six languages. The Quiet at the End of the World was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize and STEAM Children’s Book Award. Her other novels include The Next Together series, the dyslexia-friendly novella series The Watchmaker and the Duke and serialised online novel An Unauthorised Fan Treatise. She was born in 1992, and has a Masters degree from the University of Nottingham, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and many of her books feature female scientists in prominent roles. She sold the rights to her first novel when she was 21, whilst she was still at university. Her writing has been described as ‘gripping romantic sci-fi’ by the Wall Street Journal and ‘a strange, witty, compulsively unpredictable read which blows most of its new YA-suspense brethren out of the water’ by Entertainment Weekly. Lauren lives in the West Midlands and is an Arts Council grant recipient. She has written articles for numerous publications, including the Guardian, Buzzfeed, Den of Geek, The Toast, and the Children’s Writers and Artist’s Yearbook 2022. She has taught creative writing for Coventry University, WriteMentor, and Writing West Midlands.

2 thoughts on “1 week left to apply for my YA mentoring course

  1. Hi Lauren,

    My 11.5y.o. grandson is a super-talented young writer already so I’m wondering what your youngest attendees are out of interest for a future course please? He’s been attending workshops that are for high-school level students for the past year (at QACI – Queensland Academies Creative Industries) and will in all likelihood study for his IB (Baccalaureate) there instead of regular high school (as did his talented actress sister but that’s another story).

    Loved the two books of yours we have read so far (The Last Beginning and The Next Together); thank you for the wonderful reads! Warm regards from Queensland, Australia,

    Jacqui (on behalf of Leonard)

    On Wed, 18 Dec 2019 at 02:58, Lauren James – Young Adult Author wrote:

    > Lauren James posted: ” JUST 1 WEEK LEFT TO APPLY! Sign up for my 15 week > mentoring course with WriteMentor. 1 fully funded scholarship place is > available. This course is designed for writers of YA fiction, who are > already competent in the basics of writing craft, but wish to” >


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