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Shelley Weiner leading the Skyros Writers’ Lab. Photo: Skyros.


As a sought after mentor on the prestigious Gold Dust Mentoring Scheme for writers, Shelley offers a series of eight hour-long one-to-one sessions that new writers find constructive and inspiring. This selective scheme is an excellent option for those who are serious about their writing and are seeking in-depth bespoke help and encouragement. Shelley offers face-to-face mentoring in London as well as online (Skype) sessions for writers further afield. For more information and/or to discuss your individual mentoring requirements, contact Shelley or Gold Dust.


As a regular tutor for the prestigious Faber Academy, Shelley has delivered sessions since 2013 (five-day ‘Fiction Boosters’, Short Story courses and the renowned Six Month Write a Novel course). For details about upcoming Faber courses, see  NEWS AND EVENTS.


These workshop series are directed at reluctant, nervous or lonely first-time novelists in need of a kick-start. Or those who believe they have a novel in them but lack the knowledge or courage to begin. Or perhaps writers  who have attempted a novel and lost steam.

In weekly two-hour sessions, Shelley offers practical advice as well as a warm, supportive and creative environment. The sessions includes instruction on such aspects of writing as characterisation and plot, as well as intensive focusing on work in progress. Each group is strictly limited to eight participants, which allows for close individual attention. Contact Shelley or watch NEWS AND EVENTS for information about upcoming courses.


Since 2011 Shelley has led summer fiction workshops for Skyros Writers’ Lab.  In a relaxing village environment on a balmy Greek Island, she offers technical help and encouragement to new novelists and/or those needing inspiration and tools to develop their writing projects.


Shelley has delivered successful Guardian Masterclasses on THE ART OF FICTION and WRITING YOUR FIRST NOVEL. She has also published two Guardian Masterclass 60-minute ebooks – see BOOKS page for details.


These are regular three-hour sessions in which more experienced writers, published or unpublished, meet to engage with issues that arise during the writing process, under Shelley’s careful and nurturing supervision. In addition to receiving in-depth critical feedback on their work, writers are encouraged to engage in collaborative editing of the work of their peers. All writing is circulated before each session and the number of participants is strictly limited to ten. Contact Shelley for more information.


As a writer, lecturer and Royal Literary Fund Fellow, Shelley identified three essential tenets of fiction that can enhance written communication in the workplace: clarity, coherence and creativity. She has used these key principles to shape successful day-long courses which she has delivered to public affairs companies, charities and other organisations. She has also delivered in-house creative writing courses for employees at City law firms. Contact Shelley for more information about how she can help your employees to write with more clarity, coherence and creativity.


She is a trusted reader and assessor of fiction and memoir for The Literary Consultancy, renowned as the UK’s leading manuscript and editorial advice service. She also offers a bespoke appraisal service, particularly for writers who have been on her courses or completed their mentoring series with her. Contact Shelley for information.