Novel Aid – Manuscript Assessment and Mentoring

I’ve been working as a creative writing teacher and mentor for over 10 years, helping writers make the best of their writing. I have taught courses and seminars for City University (both MA, Novel Studio and short courses), Bishopsgate Institute, the Guardian, the Graham Greene Festival, Emmanuel College and Pembroke College of Cambridge University and others. Students I’ve worked with have gone on to find places on creative writing MAs, MFAs, City University’s Novel Studio or have found agents and publishers.

I offer two services:

Manuscript Assessment which involves reading and annotating your manuscript (novel or collection of short stories), providing written summary notes, and a one hour tutorial to discuss my assessment of your work and what you need to do next.

Mentoring is much more flexible and is decided between the two of us depending upon your needs. It might be sensible to begin with a manuscript assessment but if you have yet to complete your manuscript we can develop a schedule in which you submit work and receive regular feedback and tutorials (roughly every three months).

If you are interested in either of these services, please do get in touch to discuss availability and the fee via  

Quotes from previous students:

After completing the first draft of my novel, I asked Rebekah to review it because, having been taught by her on the Novel Studio course, I knew her to be an incisive, thoughtful and rigorous reader whose comments always helped me improve my work. Rebekah has a very sharp editorial eye, as well as a great feel for the shape and flow of a piece, so she helped me clarify and tighten my book on every level, by pointing out areas for expansion in characters and themes, formatting errors and elements that could be strengthened. Her mentoring gave me a clear plan for embarking on revisions and made me feel confident about taking my manuscript to the next stage.
Former mentee and student, Helen Ferguson

I highly recommend Rebekah as an extremely experienced writing mentor.  I always enjoyed our meetings and inevitably came away from them more confident, with fresh insights and a renewed surge of energy to press on and complete the draft of my novel.  I can honestly say her professional and challenging approach, together with her friendly sense of humour, have inspired me to break through any difficulties I have had with plot and structure, enabling me to write the story I feel passionate to write and to do so in the best possible way.
Former mentee, Maire Owens

Rebekah Lattin-Rawstrone’s course at City University was the best I’ve ever done. I know others feel the same. High-level and demanding without being uncomfortably pressurised, the course helped me make significant advances in my writing. The course balanced attention to detail with an appreciation of depth; it balanced experimentation with the conventions of success; and it allowed for discussion as well as providing valuable information. Rebekah herself was always clear, concise and knowledgeable – especially when the rest of us weren’t. And she created a very successful group dynamic, balancing her urging of us to be better with an understanding of why we didn’t always succeed. I’d recommend working with Rebekah to anyone.
Former Student, Leslie Mapp

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