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, a one hour tutorial to discuss my assessment of your work and what you need to do next. The flat fee for a manuscript of up to 75,000 words is £450. This includes the hour tutorial. If your manuscript is longer or significantly shorter, please email to discuss the fee.

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). Every tutorial costs £50 but depending on how much work you submit each time, the costs for each three month cycle will vary. I charge £5 per 1,000 words.

If you are interested in either of these services, please do get in touch via  

Quotes from previous students:

I trust Rebekah to review my novels because I know she will provide an impressively forensic critique of my writing. She’s able to make practical suggestions about how I might fix any problems with my novel, which is a rare talent. Rebekah is friendly with a lovely sense of humour, which makes working with her really good fun. If you’re looking to improve your writing style, your plot or your story structure, I’d strongly recommend that you consult Rebekah.
Former mentee, Kati Rynne

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