Mentoring with Wind&Bones
Wind&Bones offer mentoring for writers at all stages of their careers, from absolute beginners to writers with years of experience.Our mentoring packages are designed to work around your needs, so you can reach your writing goals.
How We Work
Comprehensive, Friendly Support
At Wind&Bones, we offer a comprehensive mentoring package that helps you reach your writing goals. We will start with a one-on-one chat, then we'll look at your work and give you detailed feedback, both on the whole text, and line-by-line. We then have another one-on-one chat to talk about where you want to go next.Oh, and did we mention that we've very friendly! We believe that writers develop best when they are in a supportive environment.
Who We Are
Wind&Bones is a Community Interest Company run by Dr Hannah Stevens & Dr Will Buckingham.Will has a PhD in philosophy. He is the author of 13 books. Will has particular interests in creative nonfiction, and novel-length fiction. He loves work in translation, and working with writers actively seeking to cross cultures. His book, Hello Stranger: Stories of Connection in a Disconnected World was published by Granta in 2021.Hannah has a PhD in creative writing from the University of Leicester. Hannah is particularly interested in short stories, flash fiction and creative non-fiction that work to strengthen the voices of women and non-binary writers. Her book, In Their Absence, a collection of stories about missing people, was published by Roman Books in 2021.Hannah and Will have taught writing in universities and community settings around the world.
The Small Print
What Does It Cost?
Comprehensive Mentoring Package
Our standard comprehensive mentoring package consists of:1. An initial one-on-one consultation.
2. Feedback line-by-line on up to 5000 words, plus a full reader's report.
3. A follow-up conversation about where to go next with your writing.The process1. Once you sign up, we'll send you an email within 24 hours to fix up a first chat. We aim to talk to all new mentees within a week.2. You will have up to four weeks to prepare a submission. We will then send you a full report and careful feedback, with a turnaround of a week.3. Finally, we will fix up a time to have a second chat to explore the next stages for you.We aim to complete the process with all mentees within a maximum of two months.We have a cut-off point of three months for the completion of the whole process, unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Bespoke Mentoring Packages
We also offer bespoke mentoring packages. Just send us an email to find out more!
Why Wind & Bones?
Huge thanks to the Wind&Bones team for helping me through a stuck patch in a fiction writing project. Will Buckingham and Hannah Stevens are fabulous writing mentors (and just generally awesome and brilliant humans), doing really cool things. Check out their work, y'all.
— Professor Carla Nappi Andrew W. Mellon Chair, Department of History, Pittsburgh University.
Wind&Bones opened me up to a whole different mode of writing, which is so intimate and rewarding. It has given me another entry point into fiction and a better way to understand myself through writing about my own life. Hannah and Will are nothing but nurturing and warm. The course felt deeply transformative.
— Haralambi Markov, writer
Wind&Bones’s courses offer a cosy and well-paced experimental space for trying out new ideas and kneading one’s experiences into new forms. It’s an excellent start for writers looking to explore the unfamiliar, with calm and patient instruction.
— Sarah Craycraft, folklorist
I'm delighted to have signed up on the Wind&Bones creative writing mentoring programme. I especially love how well-paced it is. I cannot recommend Will Buckingham & Hannah Stevens enough.
— Dr. Angela Stienne Egyptologist. Creator of Mummy Stories & The Lyme Museum