How to

Write Well

What is a
Manuscript Assessment?

A Manuscript Assessment is an informed review of your story. It allows The Story Mentor to bring his storytelling experience and fresh eyes to your manuscript to determine whether the concept and story works as a whole.


During a Manuscript Assessment, The Story Mentor:

  • Reviews your story with experienced eyes;

  • Assesses the story as a whole;

  • Offers suggestions on how to improve it;

  • Identifies any sections that need clarification;

  • Recommends what to add or remove;

  • Pinpoints plot holes and errors in logic; and

  • Advises your next best course of action.

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When Should I Get a
Manuscript Assessment?

A Manuscript Assessment is recommended for writers with a completed early draft of their story.


Often writers become too close to their stories and struggle to recognise its quality components from its obvious flaws. If this has happened to you, then you need a Manuscript Assessment.


The Story Mentor approaches your manuscript with fresh eyes, allowing him to see clearly what works and what needs improvement.

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Workshop Outline

Do you struggle with written language? Want to learn how to improve the quality of your writing so publishers won’t leave your manuscript on the slush pile? Then you need this workshop.

In this hands-on workshop, The Story Mentor guides you through:

  •  The eight parts of language

  •  The essential components of punctuation

  •  The importance of strong nouns

  •  The value of active verbs

  •  Why to avoid modifiers (adjectives & adverbs)

  •  When to use commas

  •  Why use full stops rather than semi-colons

  •  When to use the noun of address

Workshop Outcome

Improved writing and editing skill

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$50 per person

Payment Methods

  • Bank Transfer (email The Story Mentor for details)

  • Cash on the day


If you are interested in The Story Mentor running this workshop, please email him:

Limited places. Booking essential.

Bookings close: TBC

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Testimonials for How to Write Well


"The Story Mentor's workshop was very informative, set in a lovely location, and I learnt a wealth of very useful information."

— Julie


"The workshop was crammed with detail and I loved it. There was more information than I was expecting."

— Sue


"Informative and summarised important grammar and punctuation information that I have forgotten over the years. I found a lot of useful facts and reasons for the rules ."

— Val Jewlachow


"The presentation was at a sensible pace - unrushed. The friendly attention was not dictatorial but good seimple advice."

— Gordon