Mentoring

Mentoring with Keiron Pim (non-fiction)

Keiron Pim
Throughout 2016/2017
WCN, Dragon Hall
3 - 7 sessions
£150 - £350

Keiron offers mentoring that covers every aspect of researching, writing and publishing a non-fiction book, with the sessions’ focus tailored to your particular needs. He is an experienced author, editor and journalist, and is comfortable helping writers working in fields from traditional history and biography to creative non-fiction.

Areas in which he can advise you range from conducting archival research to gaining help from other researchers, and from tracking down potential interviewees to getting the best material from your interviews. He will help develop your manuscript, giving advice on prose, editorial structure, and how to compile your footnotes and bibliography. He can also offer guidance on the publishing process: for instance developing your proposal, pitching to an agent, and what to expect from a publisher.

'Keiron is a warm, personable and astute mentor, who taught me a considerable amount as I wrote an educational manuscript. I have learnt much more than I expected with his assistance and skilful input. I am delighted to be able to recommend him highly. - B.W., Saffron Walden, Essex. 

A three-session course will begin with an hour of mentoring focused on your aims as a writer, based on a brief statement (up to 250 words) that you will submit a week in advance. In the second session, lasting 90 minutes, Keiron will give feedback on a manuscript extract of up to 5000 words, again submitted a week in advance. This will focus on broad issues rather than a close reading: mentoring does not involve a copy-editing service. The third session will last an hour and focus on the way forward for your writing. A five-session programme includes an extra 90 minutes of feedback and an extra hour of discussion; a seven-session programme includes a further session of each.

Click here for a rough session by session guide. 

Prices and packages

  • Three sessions - £150 (£135 conc.) 
  • Five sessions - £250 (£225 conc.)
  • Seven sessions - £350 (£315 conc.)

Sessions are available on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis. 

When your package of sessions finishes, you can book ‘continuation hours’ with Keiron.

How to book

  1. Fill out this booking form specifying the sessions and dates that suit you, then email to Sarah Bower sarah.bower@writerscentrenorwich.org.uk with the subject heading ‘Coaching/mentoring booking’
  2. Sarah will email you to confirm your place and provide a confidential link for you to complete your payment.

Please note: Your place on a course is not confirmed until a payment has been processed.

About Keiron

Keiron Pim is an author, editor and journalist. During his 13 years at the Eastern Daily Press he was named Feature Writer of the Year at the national Regional Press Awards and the local East of England Media Awards. Since leaving the EDP in 2013 he has had two books published by Penguin Random House. His new book Jumpin' Jack Flash: David Litvinoff and the Rock'n'Roll Underworld (Jonathan Cape, 2016) has been positively reviewed across the national newspapers and literary journals: the Daily Telegraph called it a 'captivating', 'revelatory', 'extraordinary book' in a five-star review, the Guardian said it was 'a vivid, engrossing and very odd biography' and the TLS called it 'a very good book about a very bad man'. Keiron wrote The Bumper Book of Dinosaurs, a popular science guide to dinosaurs (Square Peg, 2013), and edited and introduced Into the Light: the Medieval Hebrew Poetry of Meir of Norwich (East Publishing, 2013), collaborating with Writers' Centre Norwich to publish this significant poet's complete works in translation for the first time. Alongside his writing, Keiron proofreads and copy-edits other authors' and journalists' work for publishers including Bloomsbury Academic and Archant Dialogue.