The Wind&Bones Mentoring Programme

Do you need a creativity boost to get your masterpiece started? Do you have a half-finished manuscript you just don’t know how to complete? Do you want to know how to publish your poetry, short stories or memoir? Then look no further. Wind&Bones can help!
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Everyone Needs a Helping Hand

The Wind&Bones mentoring programme is run by Dr. Hannah Stevens & Dr. Will Buckingham. We love working with writers to help them develop their work and really make it shine. Between us we have over 30 years of experience in writing, publishing, and teaching writers to perfect their craft.
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Who we are

Dr. Hannah Stevens

Dr. Hannah Stevens has a PhD in creative writing from the University of Leicester, and has taught writing in universities around the world.

Hannah is particularly interested in short stories, flash fiction and creative non-fiction that work to strengthen the voices of women and non-binary writers. Her next book, In Their Absence, a collection of stories about missing people, is due out from Roman Books in 2020.
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Dr. Will Buckingham

Dr. Will Buckingham has a PhD in philosophy. He is the author of an extensive list of books, and has taught writing around the world.

Will has particular interests in creative nonfiction, and novel-length fiction. He loves work in translation, and working with writers actively seeking to cross cultures. His next book, Hello Stranger: Stories of Connection in a Divided World will be published by Granta in 2021.
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We provide educational consultancy, as well as mentoring & coaching for writers. We also deliver workshops, talk series and projects relating to creative writing and communication.

We've worked on projects with writers and organisations all over the world, including the UK, Greece, Bulgaria, Myanmar, Taiwan and Indonesia.
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How it works

Our mentoring programme costs £180. For this, you get the following:

  • Our PDF booklet "Mentoring With Wind&Bones: A Short Guide", introducing ourselves and our approach.
  • An initial questionnaire so you can tell us about yourself.
  • One 40 minute initial consultation (Skype/Zoom/in person) with either Will or Hannah.
  • Detailed line-by-line feedback on up to 5000 words of your writing.
  • A full, written feedback report. 
  • A follow-up 40 minute consultation with Will or Hannah, to explore what the next steps are for you as a writer.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What experience do I need?

We've worked with writers at the beginnings of their careers, and with writers who have published extensively. You don't even need to have started writing at all! If you are just starting out, we can use the initial conversation to set you some tasks, and then we can give you feedback once you have some work to show us.

How long does the mentoring programme take?

It depends on you, and we are happy to adapt to your pace. Some writers like a lot of time to reflect. Others like a lot of forward momentum. But count on the whole process taking at least three weeks.

What genres do you cover?

We've worked with writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, and we're interested in multiple genres. We agree with Ursula Le Guin when she says, 'Genres exist... but no genre is inherently, categorically superior or inferior.'

Can I continue working with you at the end of the programme?

Yes! We are very flexible and happy to arrange a bespoke package to suit your needs.