teaching, mentoring 

& reader's reports

A highly experienced, award-winning teacher of Creative Writing, Clare Allan taught for almost a decade on City, University of London's famous MA in Novel Writing. Through a mixture of her hugely popular Creative Writing workshops, and one-to-one mentoring, she coached dozens of students through to completion of their novels, helping City's Novel Writing MA to achieve the highest publication rate of any Creative Writing course in the UK. In 2020, she and Jonathan Myerson (her colleague for many years at CityNovel) established Finish Your Novel, a one-to-one mentoring service guiding writers from first idea to finished manuscript.



Clare also teaches residential Creative Writing courses for the Arvon Foundation at both introductory and advanced levels and has taught and has led writing workshops in a wide range of settings, working with survivors of domestic abuse, users of mental health services, asylum seekers, rough sleepers, and people living with dementia. If you are interested in booking a workshop with Clare, please get in touch.

Online Workshops


Clare is now offering her immensely popular Fiction Writing workshops, online via Zoom, for a maximum of six participants.  Workshops run weekly, as a course of ten sessions, on Monday evenings from 6.30pm (BST). Topics covered include creating Character, a Sense of Place, Voice and Tone, Writing Dialogue, Engaging the Senses, Building Suspense, Editing and more. Weekly writing assignments are set (approx. 1000 words) to be submitted in advance of the next workshop, and these are returned with detailed comments. A selection are circulated each week for discussion in the group.

Courses run three times per year. For details of starting dates: contact Clare.

Cost: £500 for the course.


A limited number of reduced price places are available for those in receipt of Universal Credit.



Coming Soon for more Experienced Writers



A course of ten weekly Zoom workshops designed to get your novel up and going. This course will give you an opportunity to explore the different elements of the novel you are planning to write, or to explore ideas for different potential novels. Through weekly exercises, detailed individual feedback and group discussion, you will consider questions of Point of View, Voice and Tone, Pacing, Plotting and Structure and What to Leave Out. You will audition different narrators and write scenes which will inform your novel without ever appearing in it... This is a fun and highly motivating series of workshops aimed at people who have already completed one novel and are eager to embark on a second, or experienced short story writers who are looking to work in the longer, novel form.


Courses run three times a year. For further details contact Clare


Cost: £500 for the course


Reader's Reports


Clare also offers a service providing reader's reports for Writers, Agents and Editors. Reports are tailored to the needs of the individual, and can range from a short summary and overview to a detailed editorial report running to several thousand words.