Michael’s Approach to Mentoring

I aim to be a compassionate guide, walking beside you and listening as you construct your novella.

Feedback is non-hierarchical and developmental: when I read your flash fictions, I ask questions to provoke reflection and empower the writer – sharing relevant, transformative ideas where appropriate, but always kind, especially in identifying the writer’s strengths, clarifying options, and supporting the uniqueness of your vision.

In other words, I’m trying to help you figure out what you want to do, so you can make creative decisions with awareness and leave the course stronger and feeling more resourced as a writer. Another primary aim is also to help you deepen your thinking in terms of the social, psychological, and moral questions you’re tackling through your material.

The one-to-one mentoring process on this course is about two people being fascinated by ideas and devoting themselves to being creative with words. As a novella-in-flash editor, I’ll help you to identify a range of creative choices. As a creativity coach, my goal is to inspire you to see your project through to completion, and encourage a sense of fun, playfulness and a willingness to experiment.

“I am for those tiny, invisible, loving human forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, yet which, if given time, will rend the hardest monuments of human pride.” (William James)