WRITING WITH STEPHANIE BUTLAND
Courses, Mentoring and Manuscript Help
If you’re serious about writing, I can help! Become more productive, hone your craft, and get your manuscript into the best possible shape before you submit. I offer day courses, retreats, mentoring and manuscript assessment, all designed to give you practical, useful tools and tips to make your writing shine. This site is meant as a starting-point for a conversation about what you need, so please, drop me an email or contact me via social media, and we can go from there.
I’m the author of five published novels, as well as two memoirs about my dance with cancer:‘The Woman In The Photograph’ (2019)‘The Curious Heart Of Ailsa Rae’ (2018) ‘Lost For Words’ (2017) ‘The Other Half Of My Heart’ (2015) ‘Letters To My Husband’ (2014) (previously published in hardback as ‘Surrounded By Water’)‘Thrive: the Bah! guide to wellness after cancer‘ (2012) ‘How I said Bah! to cancer’ (2011)
I’m also an experienced trainer, specialising in creativity and thinking skills - which come in very handy when I’m staring at a blank page!
Writing is the thing I always wanted to do; I feel very lucky to be able to do it professionally. And though luck is definitely a factor in being published, so are hard work and learning and understanding that writing is a craft that gets better with practice. I provide services for writers because I want to help others to hone their craft and improve their writing. I’m proud that several of the writers I have worked with are now published, and others have found agents. But I’m equally proud that I have helped other writers to get unstuck, to find joy in their practice, and to grow in confidence.
SERVICES FOR WRITERS
I run regular five-night retreats in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park. You’ll be part of a small group of writers; there are taught sessions, 1:1s, and plenty of time to write. Fully catered, cosy and comfortable, and zero chores guaranteed! Contact me for latest dates and availability.
If you’re feeling lost in your manuscript, overwhelmed by advice, or unsure of what to do next, a manuscript assessment could help. I’ll read your manuscript, write a report with recommendations, edit a section, and have a follow-up conversation with you. Availability is limited - because of the time involved I only have eight slots per year. Please contact me for details and to discuss.
Do you need targets and deadlines to help you to get things done? Then maybe mentoring is for you. Over three or six months, commit to a regular discussion on your progress, writing exercises, and submitting sections of work for feedback. You’ll be amazed at your progress! Please email me and we’ll make a plan.