Michelle Lovric, writer

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creative tutoring

four services are offered for novels or memoirs...

  1. mentoring one-to-one in person for a year
  2. manuscript assessment
  3. two-day masterclasses for work-in-progress
  4. small themed workshops

1. mentoring one-to-one in person

The full mentoring format consists of ten two-hour sessions face-to-face over a year in London (or in Venice or on Skype), and includes your mentor reading up to 80,000 words (in sections) between sessions. The plan is to work through an entire draft of your novel, collection or memoir.

Cost: will vary according to the length of the manuscript and the amount of help needed. You’ll be asked to send a sample of your manuscript, firstly to make sure that you are a good fit with this service and secondly so that a quote can be given. You will be told frankly if your work is not suitable for mentoring by Michelle Lovric, which could be for any number of reasons including that she lacks experience with your chosen genre or that she is already over-committed to work that is too similar. Due to the intensity of this work, only a small number of places is available at any one time.

NOTES: Any travelling or accommodation will at the expense of the mentee.

In general, it’s best for a writer to seek fresh input after one or two rounds of mentoring with any single practitioner.

For further details and a quotation, please email michelleATlovric.demon.co.uk (replacing the ‘AT’ with an ‘@’)

2. manuscript assessment

This entails a full reading and detailed assessment of your novel with a written report of up to 10,000 words emailed to you. In some cases, your manuscript will also be posted or given back to you with editorial mark-ups to illustrate the points made in the report. The assessment will provide a list of issues to address in order to refine your novel into something could attract a publishing deal. The report will also offer suggestions for dealing with those issues. This is a ‘structural edit’, looking at the bigger picture. (Although grammar and spelling will be addressed, this is not a copyediting service.)

The cost depends on the length of your manuscript. As a guide, a novel of 75,000 words would cost around £750 plus VAT.

For further details, please email michelleATlovric.demon.co.uk (replacing the ‘AT’ with an ‘@’)

3. two-day masterclass for work-in-progress

The group is limited to between two and four writers.

This masterclass is suitable for you if you have fully thought out your novel or memoir and have written at least a quarter of it.

You will be asked to present extracts of your work. Exercises will be done in which you will put your existing characters through their paces. They will be tested for psychological consistency, interrogated on their backstories and asked to react to certain new stimuli. In other exercises, you will look at your existing writing in new contexts and find ways to refresh your descriptions and your crucial deployment of the five senses. Attention will be paid to pace, voice, plotting, dialogue and self-editing.

In this context, you may also find a compatible writing ‘buddy’ or two with whom to share work in the future.

The place: a beautiful 18th century loft looking over the Thames, two minutes from London Bridge station and the Borough Market. Some exercises will involve short directed visits to local sites, using the visual and historical resources of the area to help you see your writing, settings and characters in a new light.

There is a lift. Ramps are available for the two steps in the entrance hall. Timing: 10 – 5, two consecutive days or two separate days. There will be two coffee breaks
and an hour for lunch.

This is a masterclass, so the aim is to match people who are writing to a similar standard.

If you are interested in a place, please email a one-page synopsis and no more than 2000 words of your novel or memoir to michelleATlovric.demon.co.uk (replacing the ‘AT’ with an ‘@’) to receive a quote and dates for the next workshop.

4. small themed workshops

Michelle Lovric will be collaborating with other writers on London workshops for up to 12 writers. Check ‘The Latest’ for news of upcoming workshops.

The place: a beautiful 18th century loft looking over the Thames, two minutes from London Bridge station and the Borough Market. Some exercises will involve short directed visits to local sites, using the visual and historical resources of the area.

There is a lift. Ramps are available for the two steps in the entrance hall. Timing: 10 – 5, two consecutive days or two separate days. There will be two coffee breaks
and an hour for lunch.

If you are interested in a place, please email a one-page synopsis and no more than 2000 words of your novel or memoir to michelleATlovric.demon.co.uk (replacing the ‘AT’ with an ‘@’) to will receive a quote and details of the next workshop.

Creative tutoring & mentoring background

Michelle Lovric has published nine novels with Bloomsbury, Virago and Orion, with two more commissioned for 2019 and 2020. She has been long-listed for the Orange (now Women’s) Prize for Fiction for The Remedy; meanwhile The Book of Human Skin was a TV Book Club selection. She has also received awards for her poetry.

She has taught creative and academic writing as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the Courtauld Institute of Art and at Kings College Graduate School. She has been a consultant editor at the Writers’ Workshop (now Jericho Writers) for many years and is now a consultant editor for the Faber Academy. She has also taught a Guardian Masterclass in writing for children with Lucy Coats. For fifteen years, she’s run creative writing workshops (prose and poetry) in her homes in London and Venice. She has also ‘buddied’ with various published writers, working through entire novels, chapter by chapter.

Michelle Lovric also writes non-fiction. She co-wrote My Sister Milly with Gemma Dowler, a Sunday Times bestseller and an Amazon Number One. More recently she has worked with those caught up in the 2017 terror attack at London Bridge to record their experiences in prose and poetry. She adapted those accounts to create TESTIMONY, a spoken word piece performed in Southwark Cathedral on the first anniversary of the attack.

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