Kathryn Clark – About Me


When I was very small, I could fly. I remember the feeling before take-off, like the start of a sneeze, but in my toes. I swooped up and around the hall of our tiny terraced house and looked down at the swirls in the black and green carpet. I was flying. Or perhaps I was dreaming. Or perhaps it was a story I told myself.

Since those days, I’ve spent a lot of time learning the craft of writing and creating stories. I write fiction for children, teenagers and adults, and non-fiction for websites about all kinds of things. I also help other writers through my mentoring, editing, and reading services.

My background


BA(Hons) English Studies: 2:1 – Literature, Linguistics and Creative Writing

Postgraduate Certificate in Marketing

MA Writing for Young People: Distinction

I continue to work on my craft through workshops and courses, including recently, ‘The Ethics of Representation’, and ‘The Psychology of Character for Writers.’



My short stories have been published online, in writing magazines and anthologies, after being placed or listed in competitions. Read an example here.

I have a Masters in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University, a very practical qualification, which is taught by published children’s and YA authors. My two years on the course gave me lots of experience of writing in different genres for a variety of age groups, as well as critical reading of published children’s fiction, editing, and giving and receiving feedback/critique. I was one of three co-editors of the 2016 course anthology Paper Worlds. Read the opening of my YA novel Lightning Ridge. 

I regularly edit, critique and proofread for fellow YA and MG writers, several of whom are published authors. I’m involved with #WriteMentor as a Spark Mentor, giving writers support and encouragement and helping them move their writing on to the next stage. I’m also a reader for the Write Mentor Children’s Novel Award, and Novel-in-Development Award, and a voluntary reader for Coram Voice Story Contest.


What have I beta read, critiqued and edited?

All types of genres and narrative styles! Here are some examples of the types of manuscripts I have been privileged to read, edit and give feedback on:

Middle Grade: fantasy adventure; magical; sci-fi; time travel; historical; contemporary; dystopian; detective; ghost story; speculative; issue-led; historical detective; dual contemporary/historical narrative; adventure; funny; fairy.

Teen: funny; detective; LGBTQIA romance; adventure; sci-fi; time travel; contemporary; historical.

YA: Historical UK set; Historical Europe set; contemporary detective; Sci-Fi; contemporary with magical elements; dark contemporary with multiple narrators; fantasy with dual narrator; LGBTQIA contemporary.

Short stories, memoir and non-fiction pieces.

Find more details about my mentoring, editing and reading services here.