Published on August 11th, 2013 | by Philip Bates
Paul Magrs Offers Coaching for Writers
At a special introductory price of £50, Paul will read through a 5,000 word extract and give you a 500-word critique, assessing plot, character, structure, further reading and more points for development. Calling the project ‘The Fiction Doctor,’ he stresses that all analyses will be constructive and often take less than two weeks. He says:
“Only you can write your stories. There’s no one else can make them up, or remember them, or tell them like you can. No one can do it for you. But sometimes life gets in the way and formal education lets you down and experience takes away your confidence to write the way you would like to.
I think anyone can be tutored in developing their voice and creating work they can be proud of. The rules aren’t the same for everyone, and much of writing is about learning which rules to break. It’s a huge challenge – trying to write something that other people will want to read. But through constructive criticism and feedback I can help people to get there.”
Magrs is the writer of many Big Finish audios, including The Stones of Venice, Horror of Glam Rock and The Zygon Who Fell To Earth, as well as novels like The Blue Angel, Verdigris and Mad Dogs and Englishmen. His last work for BBC Books’ Doctor Who range was 2007’s Sick Building, an immensely enjoyable read which starred the Tenth Doctor and Martha Jones.
He’s perhaps best-known for the three audio series featuring the Fourth Doctor, Mike Yates and Mrs. Wibbsey, Hornet’s Nest, Demon Quest and Serpent’s Crest.
Paul’s also worked as a Creative Writing tutor at universities across the land, and co-edited The Creative Writing Coursebook. Naomi A. Alderman, who wrote the exceptional Borrowed Time, is a former student of Magrs, and she says:
“Paul Magrs was a superb tutor. Thoughtful and kind but at the same time sharp-eyed and tough where it was needed. Supportive without ever being smothering. He identified exactly the *centre* of my first novel when I was still struggling to see what I had; absolutely invaluable.”
To take advantage of this, or to find out more, head over to his blog now.