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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

Qualifications:

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

Postgraduate Certificate in Marketing

MA Writing for Young People: Distinction

 

Experience:

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 two mentoring programmes:  #WriteMentorSpark  and  #WriteMentor Summer Programme, giving writers support and encouragement, and helping them move their writing on to the next stage. I’m also a reader for a couple of writing competitions.

My agent is Gillie Russell at Found Talent Management.

What have I beta read, critiqued and edited?

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

Middle Grade: fantasy adventure, third person, past tense; magical middle grade third person, past tense; magical middle grade, first person, past tense; contemporary issue-led middle, first person, present; historical detective; dual contemporary/historical narrative; adventure; funny 7-9, first person; fairy, third person; funny, first person, past tense.

Teen: funny detective, first person, present; LGBTQIA romance/humour, first person; adventure, third person.

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

Find more details about my Mentoring, Editing and Reading services here.