Testimonials

 

Mentoring & Editing Testimonials

"The Story Mentor reviewed the first nine chapters of my YA speculative science-fiction manuscript. He identified aspects that worked, as well as potholes in the road. His suggestions were insightful and they have guided the craft of my writing. I find The Story Mentor a passionate coach, supportive and direct - an ideal mentor for my manuscript."

— Bruce,

Manuscript Assessment client

"I was impressed with the understanding The Story Mentor had of my aims in writing the book, and the advice he could offer to achieve my goals.  This was most useful in addressing the manner in which I present my work.

 

"The Story Mentor also provided me with a written summary of his assessment. It was comprehensive, and contained useful advice which I have applied in revising my work. I feel that I have received three sources of feedback from The Story Mentor:  from our meeting, from his written assessment, and from the comments he provided on the hard-copy of my work. I am certainly satisfied with the level of commitment he has demonstrated, and I look forward to our continued contact.

 

"I feel confident that The Story Mentor would be able to offer the same assistance to other writers, and I am happy to recommend his services."

— Margaret Cameron
Story Mentoring client

"Thank you for assessing my novel. It is just what I needed to progress as a writer. I have read your report and appreciate your expert advice. I have never formally studied writing and as a late starting beginner, I needed someone independent of family and close friends to go over the manuscript. I appreciate your frank appraisal of the weaknesses both in my techniques and the narrative. It's just what i needed. I have buried myself in the novel for over a year and I feel report will allow me to progress towards my goal of publishing a book."

— Garry Winterton,
 Manuscript Assessment participant

"Recently I was lucky enough to have won first prize in a draw The Story Mentor was kind enough offer FAWWA members. In revising my work, The Story Mentor has demonstrated to me what I believe is the high level of professional understanding that is needed for my writing to one day soon reach its best. The Story Mentor was kind enough to go much further out of his way to answer all my questions, which were many. I feel he has a broader understanding of life's variable nature - which I also feel is important for an editor to be able to get properly in touch with any person’s writing message or content. For any struggling wanna-be author like myself, a person of The Story Mentor's experience and skill set is definitely the way forwards."

—Anonymous,
Substantive Editing client

"The Story Mentor reviewed the first nine chapters of my YA speculative science-fiction manuscript. He identified aspects that worked, as well as potholes in the road. His suggestions were insightful and they have guided the craft of my writing. I find The Story Mentor a passionate coach, supportive and direct - an ideal mentor for my manuscript."

— Bruce,

Manuscript Assessment client

"I was impressed with the understanding The Story Mentor had of my aims in writing the book, and the advice he could offer to achieve my goals.

"The Story Mentor also provided me with a written summary of his assessment. It was comprehensive, and contained useful advice which I have applied in revising my work. I am certainly satisfied with the level of commitment he has demonstrated, and I look forward to our continued contact.

 

"I feel confident that The Story Mentor would be able to offer the same assistance to other writers, and I am happy to recommend his services."

— Margaret Cameron
Story Mentoring client

"Thank you for assessing my novel. It is just what I needed to progress as a writer. I have read your report and appreciate your expert advice. I have never formally studied writing and as a late starting beginner, I needed someone independent of family and close friends to go over the manuscript. I appreciate your frank appraisal of the weaknesses both in my techniques and the narrative. It's just what i needed. I have buried myself in the novel for over a year and I feel report will allow me to progress towards my goal of publishing a book."

— Garry Winterton,
 Manuscript Assessment participant

"In revising my work, The Story Mentor has demonstrated to me what I believe is the high level of professional understanding that is needed for my writing to one day soon reach its best. The Story Mentor was kind enough to go much further out of his way to answer all my questions, which were many. I feel he has a broader understanding of life's variable nature - which I also feel is important for an editor to be able to get properly in touch with any person’s writing message or content. For any struggling wanna-be author like myself, a person of The Story Mentor's experience and skill set is definitely the way forwards."

—Anonymous,
Substantive Editing client

Ghost Writing

"The Story Mentor is an outstanding editor and mentor. He is exact and prompt in his delivering of the work he has done. He has understood what I as a writer am trying to do and he develops my work further along that path. I am very grateful for both his insight."

— Lynne Deperas,

Story Mentoring client

"Over a period of eight months The Story Mentor read my entire manuscript and assessed each chapter in depth. His insightful findings highlighted the issues within my writing, and helped me move up to the next level in terms of craft and story telling."

— T. Larsen
Story Mentoring client

"The Story Mentor provided very helpful advice and suggestions on my poetry, and I would thoroughly recommend his editing services."

— Anonymous,
Copy Editing Client

"I found the Story Mentor's manuscript assessment thorough, insightful and constructive. In his review, The Story Mentor  addressed the particular issues I'd asked him to as well as identifying a range of other issues for me to work on. He also provided a number of pertinent articles to help me better understand and improve on the problem elements. The process gave me a clearer view of where to go next and the tools with which to improve my writing as I progress. Thanks. Money well spent."

— Louise Ainsworth,
Manuscript Assessment client

 

Testimonials for How to Become a Successful Author

 

"An informative and insightful workshop. I would recommend this for any writer."

— Anonymous

 

"Lots of great practical ideas to launch a writing career."

— Bev McNamara

 

"The Story Mentor has a broad knowledge of the needs of writers."

— Anonymous

 

"A friendly and accessible workshop that is fun and informative."

— Lee J. Carroll

 

Testimonials for Charting the Hero's Journey

 

"The Story Mentor tackled the content in a concise and considerate manner and is very encouraging towards participants’ questions and insights. Highly recommended."

— Scott-Patrick Mitchell

 

"The Story Mentor is one of those annoying people who has a gift from the Gods. His unique presentation skills allow him to connect with his audience while still presenting factual information. It's a rare skill."

— Jon Walker

 

"Well structured, logical and good for the beginner. Well known example to illustrate the different steps, and audience interaction. Clear slides and good voice for the size of the venue. Respectful interaction with attendees."

— Odile Pouliquen-Young

 

"A well structured and detailed presentation about the hero's journey which gave plenty of opportunity to apply the lessons learnt to our own work. Would definitely recommend the workshop."

— Alia Bath

"Very informative, done in fun ways. The Story Mentor was respectful for our questions. It was encouraging, giving me inspiration and motivation to keep writing. Highly recommended!"

— Anonymous

"I really enjoyed this workshop. It was a great introduction to the Hero’s Journey, how it might be useful to a writer, how it could be applied to your own writing/plotting, and how it makes for a satisfying story. It has instigated a paradigm shift in the way I think about plotting of longer pieces of writing and I will be reading more on the topic."

— Anne Forbes

" As a beginner, I  enjoyed the workshop and found it informative. It was well presented in a friendly atmosphere and it gave all of us a basic set of tools. I had thought my novel was different, but now I understand I have instinctively followed the hero's path and this workshop , provided a deeper understanding of what I have written so far."

—Garry Winterton

"An excellent workshop. As a result of it, I will be making significant changes to my current story. I think it will be so much more exciting in the process."

— Eva Cronstedt

 

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

 

Testimonials for Mastering the Art of Story Critiquing

 

"I really enjoyed the presentation: it was upbeat and easy to follow. Providing handouts made it so easy to follow, I could really get a full understanding. … The Story Mentor gave an engaging and informative workshop. He covered the basics in a very practical way. I feel I could walk right out and start critiquing using his notes."

— Lisa Holt

 

"Extremely informative in a field which I know little. An excellent, well presented workshop which held my interest and provided me with many new facts to implement in the future."

— Angela

 

"I liked the in-depth approach and how The Story Mentor worked with us so he knew we were understanding what he was saying."

— Alex Holt

 

"The detailed presentation was thorough and helpful. The extra material on PowerPoint was perfect for the limited time."

— Francess Day

Testimonials for Mapping Your Story

 

"Great opportunity to flesh out and focus in on a story idea. 'Developing' was the key word here, and I feel it was my skills as well as my premise that were developed."

— Garry Winterton,

Developing a Potent Premise participant

"I had high expectations about this course and it is delivering in spades. The Story Mentor is well researched, organised and very inclusive. The discussions were extremely useful and I am looking forward to other workshops very much."

— Julia Burns,
Developing a Potent Premise participant

"The workshop has helped me turn my rough character and idea into a more fully formed plot. In particular developing a theme, conflict, and thinking about the climax."

Alia Bath,

Developing a Potent Premise participant

"I found the Developing a Potent Premise workshop helped clarify my ideas for my novel. It has given me an idea of how to structure my planning."

—Margaret Cameron,
Developing a Potent Premise participant

"I found this workshop really useful for making me think in more detail about the drivers of my story - the main character and his motivations, the conflicts he has and how they are key to the story, and it even helped me fix in some plot points and give me better direction. The workshop, it really helped me order my thinking about what a story needs and where my story is going."

— Anne Forbes,

Generating Compelling Conflict participant

"The workshop was engaging, easy to understand, and The Story Mentor is a kind teacher. It was everything my English class wasn’t: genuinely fun!"

— Amy Parker

Generating Compelling Conflict participant

"The workshop has made me think about my character goals and potential themes to be included in the narrative. I feel I have a deeper insight into the writing process."

—Garry Winterton,

Generating Compelling Conflict participant

"The workshop really helped me to structure my thoughts, storyline, and main character."

— Sue Clapton,
Generating Compelling Conflict
participant

 

 

"The workshop was really helpful in thinking about different character archetypes and combinations and shadow sides of these archetypes. It made me think more about conflict between characters and particularly about multiple conflict and how characters can be more complex combinations of archetypes."

— Anne Forbes,

Weaving a Robust Character Web  participant

 

 

"A good workshop for developing characters with more depth, complications, and complexities."

— Kathleen Dzubiel,

Weaving a Robust Character Web  participant

 

 

"I thought we’d covered most aspects of character, but this workshop helped me so much I realised I needed to change my antagonist!"

— Louise Ainsworth,

Weaving a Robust Character Web  participant

 

"I really enjoyed applying concepts of character function and archetypes to characters I have in mind. I found this useful in stimulating new ideas and options."

— Rita Tognini,
Weaving a Robust Character Web  participant

"The workshop pointed out the flaws in my story and gave me ideas about how to improve them. The atmosphere feels friendly and the discussions enlightening. There’s so much fascinating stuff to cover. The exercises helped me to create and clarify really great moments from my story. The Story Mentor creating such an enjoyable and comprehensive course is a testament to his talent as a writer and teacher."

— Amy Parker,

Creating Believable Characters participant

"It really helped me to develop my story, plot points, develop new ideas, and refine my hero’s desire. This workshop helped to identify a hole in my plot and the driving of the hero’s actions, so it has really helped me define/redefine what pushes the hero."

— Anne Forbes

Creating Believable Characters participant

"I most enjoyed refining the exercises from Weaving a Strong Character Web because it deepened my understanding of character arc. The exercises gave me a better understanding of character and simplified the concept of needs. The concepts are beginning to coalesce into a whole and more easily put into practice. I can see the value of following the workshop exercises as my writing evolves."

—Odile Pouliquen-Young,

Creating Believable Characters participant

"The workshop was very informative. I’m learning more than I expected. I really enjoyed the identification, character needs, and desires concepts, for both villains and heroes and the exercises are very helpful. I’m finding the course very informative and helpful."

— Garry Winterton,
Creating Believable Characters
participant

 

 

"The Mapping Your Story course continues to impress. I’m learning a lot about the process of designing a novel."

— Garry Winterton,

Extracting an Evocative Theme  participant

 

 

"I love the way The Story Mentor has everything all fitted in and so that our learning increased exponentially. I had a sense of getting the good oil of finally learning how to write a novel. I most enjoyed the story Mentor supplying everything in detail."

— Lynne Deperas,

Extracting an Evocative Theme participant

 

 

"This is perhaps the most complex session yet, with interesting material."

— Steven Barra,

Extracting an Evocative Theme  participant

 

"I really enjoyed being encouraged to develop my story using these new tools."

— Louise Ainsworth,
Extracting an Evocative Theme participant

"The Sculpting an Authentic Setting workshop is one of the best I’ve attended. The way it forced me to understand how the city shaped the story really helped. As a fantasy writer, world building is essential to the craft."

— Anonymous,

Sculpting an Authentic Setting participant

"I most enjoyed the ideas on how the world is not just a convenient stage, but almost an actual character in the story."

— Louise Ainsworth

Sculpting an Authentic Setting participant

"As I progress I appreciate more and more how The Story Mentor has designed this course. The sense of finally learning how to approach writing a novel was the best element of this workshop."

—Lynne Deperas,

Sculpting an Authentic Setting  participant

"Each workshop provides a different perspective to consider my writing from."

— Sue Clapton,
Sculpting an Authentic Setting
participant

 

 

"This workshop added more depth my story. I will enjoy working on my story more. Especially to make the nature in my story, and how it changes during the seasons, more vivid and give deeper meaning to the individual settings, such as oceans, mountains, plains, and islands."

— Eva Cronstedt,

Detailing the Story World

participant

 

 

"As always, I enjoyed everything about the workshop. It contains lots of stimulating ideas."

— Lynn Allen,

Detailing the Story World

participant

 

 

"I really enjoyed the relative ease with which I was able to apply these concepts to my story."

— Steven Barra,

Detailing the Story World

participant

 

"This detailed workshop builds up skill and allows you room to improve."

— Lynne Deperas,
Detailing the Story World

participant

"Injecting Enriching Symbolism contained extensive information. I feel it mind-boggling at times but only because there is such a lot to be digested. I am happy that it is this way."

— Sue Clapton,

Injecting Enriching Symbolism participant

"This workshop made me more mindful of the value of the material I am introducing into my story and how it fits in an overall narrative."

— Margaret Cameron

Injecting Enriching Symbolism participant

"The workshops have forced me to consider what the story is about. As such I have gone back and tightened the story."

— Anonymous,

Injecting Enriching Symbolism participant

"Over the year we are mastering our skills as storytellers through this course."

— Lynne Deperas,
Injecting Enriching Symbolism
participant

 

 

"Best workshop yet. It was very thought-provoking. I found the workshop brought together many of the elements we have been working on over the last nine weeks. I think my story can progress in a more structured manner now."

— Anonymous,

Plotting an Organic Story

participant

 

 

"Useful workshop and good information that I can apply to my writing."

— Margaret Cameron,

Plotting an Organic Story

participant

 

 

"I really enjoyed how  this workshop brought all the past elements together."

— Louise Ainsworth,

Plotting an Organic Story

participant

 

"Thank you. A very productive writing session."

— Ingrid Rickersey,
Plotting an Organic Story

participant

"You covered an area of writing I hadn’t yet covered in my first draft. It has given me an excellent framework to use in the last few chapters of my story. Plus now I know about the pacing of the story overall."

— Eva Cronstedt,

Shaping the Story Structure

participant

"I enjoy the way you cross-reference to our previous workshops – it always seems very thorough and it helps to make sense of the connections with material we have covered before."

— Anonymous

Shaping the Story Structure participant

"I really appreciated how The Story Mentor encouraged me to work on the 26 Steps with good questions."

— Lynn Allen,

Shaping the Story Structure participant

"The material presented was detailed and thorough. Care in preparation was evident."

— Margaret Cameron,
Shaping the Story Structure
participant

 

 

"I really enjoyed the mini-story idea and the idea of the opening sentences as being a manager of the entire story."

— Louise Ainsworth,

Constructing Powerful Scenes

participant

 

 

"I appreciated the way you broke Harry Potter down into scenes: it allowed me to visualise how it came together and apply that to my story."

— Anonymous,

Constructing Powerful Scenes

participant

 

 

"I continue to gather more tools to help with my story writing."

— Anonymous,

Constructing Powerful Scenes

participant

 

"The workshop made me understand more what I’m doing in my book and where I’m going wrong."

— Anonymous,
Constructing Powerful Scenes

participant

"I would recommend The Story Mentor's Mapping Your Story course. A three hour workshop every month for a year is great for keeping you committed to your work-in-progress. The Story Mentor puts a lot into the course and the take-home handouts are excellent. By the end of the twelve-months you will most likely have a complete first draft (however rough) but that's okay because you have something solid to work on."

— Ingrid Rickersey,

Mapping Your Story

participant

"I recommend this course to anyone working on a length story and who's prepared to take the full journey to being a better story writer."

— Lynn Allen,

Mapping Your Story participant

"This course exceeded my expectations. I learnt so much more than I expected. It kick-started my second draft of my story - it started writing itself as a result of this course.  "

— Eva Cronstedt,

Mapping Your Storyparticipant

"A useful course which has helped improve my ability as a writer. I gained something from all the sessions, which I have now applied to my writing."

— Margaret Cameron,
Mapping Your Story
participant