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Mayday! Mayday!
Writing Emergency

Thrown off course after feedback

Don't see eye to eye with an editor

Stuck at a point you can't get your story past

Tailored, online triage for your writing crisis
Flexible times, final week of April ‘23

Hit a wall with your novel?

No matter how dedicated you are to writing, all manner of things can throw a spanner in the works. A life event, the pressure of an MA deadline, rejection from a publisher, even success with an earlier piece. The vital thing is to find a way to keep writing, or to protect your idea, until the emergency is passed. And we’re here to help.

In the lead up to Mayday, we are offering two hours of dedicated one-on-one time to tackle, head on, your particular emergency (or perhaps several emergencies).

You will be invited to send in advance as much information as you can about the crisis. We might then ask further questions, and perhaps for writing samples to help us understand how best to support.

We will then schedule two separate hour-long Zoom sessions at times that suit you between Thursday 27th and Saturday 29th April, one with Vanessa, and one with Cynan, to talk things through and offer practical, honest advice.

On Saturday evening you will be invited to a join us for an informal, open questions session, where we’ll share our own writing hiccups, hijackings and horrors!

Finally, on Sunday, you’ll have a shorter, one-on-one pick-up session, with either Vanessa or Cynan, to discuss where you’re at, before a last motivational plenary that will help take you forward.


The cost for the 3 x one-on-one sessions, evening event and plenary is £295. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis.

To book, or with any questions, please email

The final date for booking – alongside which you should send information on your issue – is Friday 21st April.

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