Claire Askew

is creating Motivation and mentoring for writers

30

patrons

$266

per month
Who am I?

My name is Claire Askew.  I'm the author of the novels All The Hidden Truths (2018), and What You Pay For (2019), both published by Hodder & Stoughton, and the poetry collection This changes things (Bloodaxe, 2016).  I have been a Scottish Book Trust Reading Champion; Schools Writer in Residence for both Scottish Book Trust and the Edinburgh International Book Festival; I was the 2017 Jessie Kesson Fellow, and I've also worked as Writer in Residence at the University of Edinburgh.

All The Hidden Truths won the 2016 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize as a work in progress, and has been longlisted for the Peggy Chapman Andrews Novel Award, the Authors Club First Novel Award, the CWA Debut Dagger and Gold Dagger, and shortlisted for the 2020 Gladstone's Library Writer in Residence Award.

This changes things was shortlisted for an Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, the Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Prize, the Saltire First Book Prize, and the Michael Murphy Memorial Award.  Poems from the book won the Virginia Warbey Poetry Prize and the International Salt Prize for Poetry. 

I'm here to offer motivation and mentoring for writers.

Depending on how much you pledge, you can sign up for anything from a fortnightly do-your-writing-already email, to a full package of mentoring in person or via Skype.  And trust me, I know a thing or two about motivation: as a freelancer I routinely juggle up to four different contracts alongside my writing; I'd completed a PhD by the age of 26, and I wrote my second novel in just eight months.  

I'm also an experienced teacher and mentor.  I hold a PDA in Adult Teaching and have ten years of experience working one-to-one and with groups, in pretty much any educational setting you can imagine.  I started out as a one-to-one tutor before becoming a Further Education lecturer, then moving into community-based project work.  Recently, I've worked in high schools and taught on the University of Edinburgh's MSc Creative Writing programme.  I'm one of the Scotland tutors for women's fiction writing course Write Like A Grrrl!, and I've delivered one-off workshops in prisons, homeless shelters and churches.

I believe creative writing -- like any other craft -- can be taught, and I believe anyone can learn to be a better, more confident, more consistent writer.  Yes, even you.
Tiers
Fortnightly motivation (nagging)
$1 or more per month

You'll receive an email from me once per fortnight, gently encouraging (read: nagging) you to get on with your writing.  


This email will include a message from me with words of inspiration, suggested reading, writing prompts and stimulus.  It's designed to help:


- those of you who're staring down a blank page with not a single idea in your head

- those of you who have a great idea but don't know how to start

- those of you who are 60k words in and stuck

- anyone in between

Monthly writing newsletter
$5 or more per month

You'll receive my fortnightly nag email, and also a monthly writing newsletter straight to your inbox.  


(Some of you will remember this from my previous foray into Patreon -- indeed, it's back by popular demand.) It's a bumper email containing:


- current submission calls

- open writing contests

- funding opportunities

- workshops and residency opportunities

- writing jobs


I scour the internet every month looking for good writing opportunities (and weeding out the dodgy ones) so you don't have to, basically.  You're welcome.

One Night Stanzas workshop series
$20 or more per month

A monthly audio workshop series that puts a seasoned creative writing teacher in your pocket.


Every month, you'll be sent a roughly hour-long audio creative writing workshop, full of original content from me, containing the following:


- some fun facts and info to ground you in that particular month and help you set writing goals

- some highlighted writing opportunities coming up that month

- ideas for artist dates (a concept invented by Julia Cameron) to take yourself on each month

- short readings from inspiring, seasonal texts

- journalling / planning / goal setting prompts to get you ready for writing

- writing prompts to help you create new pieces, or add new ideas to works in progress


Best enjoyed in a quiet hour with a notebook and a cup of tea, the workshops are straightforward but soothing: a bit of motivational self-care for writers!


(You get all the stuff in the lower tiers too, of course!)

Monthly feedback
$50 or more per month only 4 left

Everything from the other two tiers, plus line-by-line editorial feedback, by email, on:


- up to 2,500 words of prose

- up to 3 pages of poetry


That's one short story or three poems per month that you can get a second pair of eyes on.  I can also advise on sending those pieces out for publication in magazines or journals, if that's something you're interested in.


(NB: this tier is limited to 5 patrons per month at any one time)

Monthly mentoring
$120 or more per month

Okay, this is the full mentoring option.  You'll get:


- to send me up to 10,000 words of prose OR up to 12 pages of poetry per month

- line by line feedback and a general reader's report on what you've sent each month 

- an hour's meeting in person or via Skype to discuss the work you've sent, or anything else relating to your writing

- if needed, character references or letters of recommendation for posts or opportunities related to your writing

- the Fortnightly nag and Monthly newsletter emails


PS: I also offer all of the above services on a one-off or more ad-hoc basis.  I am also happy to discuss a pay-what-you-can arrangement.  Please email me via [email protected]


PPS:  I am happy to mentor writers of poetry, literary fiction, crime fiction, commercial fiction, non-fiction and memoir.  If you write sci fi, fantasy, drama or screenplays, I'm not an expert in those fields and you'd be better off looking for a mentor with a specialism in your area.)

Goals
30 of 50 patrons
If I'm lucky enough to reach 50 patrons then I'll know there's an appetite for this sort of work from me.  At this point I'll be able to get in touch with you all and see what you'd like more of, and what else I can do to be useful.  I'm thinking, perhaps, writing-related downloadable online courses... but when there's fifty of you I'll see what you'd like and do that!
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Who am I?

My name is Claire Askew.  I'm the author of the novels All The Hidden Truths (2018), and What You Pay For (2019), both published by Hodder & Stoughton, and the poetry collection This changes things (Bloodaxe, 2016).  I have been a Scottish Book Trust Reading Champion; Schools Writer in Residence for both Scottish Book Trust and the Edinburgh International Book Festival; I was the 2017 Jessie Kesson Fellow, and I've also worked as Writer in Residence at the University of Edinburgh.

All The Hidden Truths won the 2016 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize as a work in progress, and has been longlisted for the Peggy Chapman Andrews Novel Award, the Authors Club First Novel Award, the CWA Debut Dagger and Gold Dagger, and shortlisted for the 2020 Gladstone's Library Writer in Residence Award.

This changes things was shortlisted for an Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, the Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Prize, the Saltire First Book Prize, and the Michael Murphy Memorial Award.  Poems from the book won the Virginia Warbey Poetry Prize and the International Salt Prize for Poetry. 

I'm here to offer motivation and mentoring for writers.

Depending on how much you pledge, you can sign up for anything from a fortnightly do-your-writing-already email, to a full package of mentoring in person or via Skype.  And trust me, I know a thing or two about motivation: as a freelancer I routinely juggle up to four different contracts alongside my writing; I'd completed a PhD by the age of 26, and I wrote my second novel in just eight months.  

I'm also an experienced teacher and mentor.  I hold a PDA in Adult Teaching and have ten years of experience working one-to-one and with groups, in pretty much any educational setting you can imagine.  I started out as a one-to-one tutor before becoming a Further Education lecturer, then moving into community-based project work.  Recently, I've worked in high schools and taught on the University of Edinburgh's MSc Creative Writing programme.  I'm one of the Scotland tutors for women's fiction writing course Write Like A Grrrl!, and I've delivered one-off workshops in prisons, homeless shelters and churches.

I believe creative writing -- like any other craft -- can be taught, and I believe anyone can learn to be a better, more confident, more consistent writer.  Yes, even you.

Recent posts by Claire Askew

Tiers
Fortnightly motivation (nagging)
$1 or more per month

You'll receive an email from me once per fortnight, gently encouraging (read: nagging) you to get on with your writing.  


This email will include a message from me with words of inspiration, suggested reading, writing prompts and stimulus.  It's designed to help:


- those of you who're staring down a blank page with not a single idea in your head

- those of you who have a great idea but don't know how to start

- those of you who are 60k words in and stuck

- anyone in between

Monthly writing newsletter
$5 or more per month

You'll receive my fortnightly nag email, and also a monthly writing newsletter straight to your inbox.  


(Some of you will remember this from my previous foray into Patreon -- indeed, it's back by popular demand.) It's a bumper email containing:


- current submission calls

- open writing contests

- funding opportunities

- workshops and residency opportunities

- writing jobs


I scour the internet every month looking for good writing opportunities (and weeding out the dodgy ones) so you don't have to, basically.  You're welcome.

One Night Stanzas workshop series
$20 or more per month

A monthly audio workshop series that puts a seasoned creative writing teacher in your pocket.


Every month, you'll be sent a roughly hour-long audio creative writing workshop, full of original content from me, containing the following:


- some fun facts and info to ground you in that particular month and help you set writing goals

- some highlighted writing opportunities coming up that month

- ideas for artist dates (a concept invented by Julia Cameron) to take yourself on each month

- short readings from inspiring, seasonal texts

- journalling / planning / goal setting prompts to get you ready for writing

- writing prompts to help you create new pieces, or add new ideas to works in progress


Best enjoyed in a quiet hour with a notebook and a cup of tea, the workshops are straightforward but soothing: a bit of motivational self-care for writers!


(You get all the stuff in the lower tiers too, of course!)

Monthly feedback
$50 or more per month only 4 left

Everything from the other two tiers, plus line-by-line editorial feedback, by email, on:


- up to 2,500 words of prose

- up to 3 pages of poetry


That's one short story or three poems per month that you can get a second pair of eyes on.  I can also advise on sending those pieces out for publication in magazines or journals, if that's something you're interested in.


(NB: this tier is limited to 5 patrons per month at any one time)

Monthly mentoring
$120 or more per month

Okay, this is the full mentoring option.  You'll get:


- to send me up to 10,000 words of prose OR up to 12 pages of poetry per month

- line by line feedback and a general reader's report on what you've sent each month 

- an hour's meeting in person or via Skype to discuss the work you've sent, or anything else relating to your writing

- if needed, character references or letters of recommendation for posts or opportunities related to your writing

- the Fortnightly nag and Monthly newsletter emails


PS: I also offer all of the above services on a one-off or more ad-hoc basis.  I am also happy to discuss a pay-what-you-can arrangement.  Please email me via [email protected]


PPS:  I am happy to mentor writers of poetry, literary fiction, crime fiction, commercial fiction, non-fiction and memoir.  If you write sci fi, fantasy, drama or screenplays, I'm not an expert in those fields and you'd be better off looking for a mentor with a specialism in your area.)