Are you writing a novel or poetry collection and looking for professional one-to-one support? If you have already completed an MA in Creative Writing and are looking for more individually focused guidance, or would like more intensive personal guidance without needing university accreditation, mentoring may be the way forward. There are a number of mentoring schemes available, for example this one, but if you feel you would particularly like my guidance, get in touch via the ‘quick question or suggestion’ button. Not everyone who applies will be accepted, since I have limited mentoring slots (arranged around my part-time post at Goldsmiths, and my own writing projects), and I will only mentor those I feel suited to guide! Be prepared to be asked for the opening chapter and a brief (200 word) synopsis in the case of a novel, or six poems in the case of poetry.
‘Ros Barber was a fantastic tutor to work with – passionate, highly-skilled and dedicated to bringing out the best in her students. She is the perfect mentor for those who are serious about improving their writing and taking it to the next level.’
– Bestselling historical novelist Robyn Young, author of Brethren, Crusade, Requiem, Insurrection, and Renegade.
‘Having Ros as a tutor was a key factor in my development as a writer. She helped me find the fault lines in my writing and polish the positive aspects of my work. I have no doubt that her insightful and rigorous input has been instrumental in my emerging career.’
– Rachel Rooney, author of A Patch of Black and The Language of Cat, winner of the 2012 CLPE Prize for Children’s Poetry
‘Ros taught me on the MA in Creative Writing, the Arts and Education at Sussex Unversity. She has that knack of identifying exactly what’s working in your writing, what isn’t, and challenging you to aim higher. I was already a published writer but hadn’t encountered such rigour before. She was especially helpful with formal poetry and enabled me to further develop that aspect of my writing to great success. If you want incisive criticism, and are willing to work really hard i.e. if you’re serious about your writing, Ros is the ideal mentor.’
– Patience Agbabi, poet, author of Transformatrix and Blood Shot Monochrome (read her blog here)