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.


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.


Private Mentoring


Clare has a limited number of places for private mentoring. She can support you through the process of writing your novel, help with plotting and structure, developing characters and themes, starting out, building momentum, and keeping going through the inevitable crises of  confidence, which are all part of the process. Having worked as a submissions reader for a leading literary agent, Clare is also well placed to offer advice on approaching agents and publishers once a novel is ready for submission. 


There is no one way to write a novel, and mentoring is tailored to the needs of the individual writer and their project. Typically, mentees submit an agreed number of words by a set deadline, and these are then returned marked-up with detailed line comments in advance of a 'mentoring session', which can take place either in person (geography and pandemic allowing) or online, via Zoom etc. Clare is based in central London but has mentored writers as far afield as Chicago, Pakistan, Hong Kong and New York.

Though Clare's experience is largely in working with Fiction writers, she has also worked successfully with a number of writers of narrative non Fiction (especially memoir) and is always happy to discuss potential projects.


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.

The next online course is due to begin on Monday 6th July and currently there are still places available.

The cost is £25 per two-hour session, or £200 for the whole course, booked in advance. (Please note: prices exclude VAT)


A limited number of free 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.


Course starts Tuesday 9th June at 6.30pm.


Cost: £25 per two-hour session, or £200 for the whole course, booked in advance. (Please note: prices exclude VAT)


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.


If you are interested in any of the above, or would like to find out more, you can contact Clare Allan here:

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