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Review and Appraisal Service

Have your writing assessed by one or our expert tutors and receive guidance on how to make the most of your writing.

If you would like a piece of your writing reviewed by one of our experienced, professional tutors, we can do this for you. We will review:

  • short stories
  • articles
  • radio and TV scripts
  • stage plays
  • all fiction and non-fiction books, including outlines and synopses
  • poetry
  • blogs


If you'd like to discuss your requirements you can either email: or call 0161 819 9922.

The review will include comments on style, content, suitability for the chosen market and any other aspect considered appropriate. You will receive a thorough, straightforward and honest opinion from an experienced tutor – just like you would as one of our students.

Plus, if you make your payment online you can join our Student Community where you can chat with Writers Bureau students in the forum.

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See What Others Say

‘I just wanted to say a big thank you to your tutor for the appraisal. It was very thorough, really helpful and much appreciated.’
Vanessa Rainbow

'Getting a professional assessment of my work was the best thing I did for my writing. It was great to have my writing taken seriously and it has spared my friends and family from having to say nice things to me. Your tutor’s comments have fundamentally changed the way I write and they gave me the inspiration, energy and confidence to carry on. Thank you.'
Phil Busby

‘Please pass my thanks on to your tutor for a very detailed and extremely useful appraisal. I was encouraged that she liked my ideas, and I will do my best to act on all her advice, which is very much appreciated.’
Wendy Innes

'I am delighted with the detailed and useful advice from your tutor and would be grateful if you could thank her for me. Not only did she provide constructive information on how to strengthen the impact of my story by getting the reader firmly on the side of my main character but she also picked up on problems with dialogue punctuation and sent me some notes to guide me in the future. I really appreciate her guidance and I will get to work on the amendments straight away.'
Jenni Redman

How To Send Your Manuscript

You can send your manuscript by email  (up to 10,000 words) or post. With each manuscript state clearly the market this is intended for. If it has been written without a specific market in mind, please say so.  Make sure you give a word count. We aim to return work within 14-21 days, but it might take longer for novel-length material, if our tutors are to go through it and comment in the detail we require.

We will do our best to take care of your manuscript but we cannot be held responsible for material lost in transit – so please keep a copy of everything you send to us.


Sending Your Manuscript by Post

If you send your manuscript by post it must be typed, using double spacing (except in the case of poems) with sufficient margins for the tutor to write in if required. We cannot accept handwritten manuscripts. Please use one side of the paper only and we prefer a 12pt type size. Please use this form and attach it to your manuscript with a cheque, cash or postal order for the appropriate amount. Alternatively you can fill in details of your credit card, or if you paid online, write the order number on the form. The form and your work should be sent to:

Review and Appraisal Service
The Writers Bureau
8-10 Dutton Street, Manchester, M3 1LE

Sending Your Manuscript by Email

If you would like to send your manuscript by email you must still use double line spacing. Save the work in a single attachment, using Rich Text Format. Then attach it to a brief email providing your order number or details on how you are sending your fees and the information outlined above. Make sure you include your name and put 'Review and Appraisal' in the subject line. Send it to:

Please Note:   We can only accept manuscripts up to 10,000 words by email.  All longer manuscripts must be sent by post with a cheque or credit card details.  This is because our tutors do not feel that they can give longer pieces of work their full attention on screen.


Find Out If You Can Write Taster Review - £25 Click here for more details.

Scripts (TV, Film or Theatre) - £165 for up to 120 pages and then £6.00 for every additional four pages. Buy Now!  

Blogs - £50 for three blog posts up to 1,000 words in total plus an overview of your blog online - remember to include a link to your blog when you send your posts. Buy Now!    

Children’s Picture Books - £50 up to 1,000 words.     Buy Now!  

General report on a novel or non-fiction book £240 up to 50,000 words and then £8 for each additional 2,000 words. Over 100,000 words contact us for a quote. Buy Now! 

Short Stories £50 for up to 4,000 words and then  £6 for each additional 1,000 words up to 8,000.  Buy Now! 

Poems -  £50 for up to 120 lines and then £3.00 per 10 lines above this.   Buy Now! 

Book Proposal (fiction or non-fiction) package - Synopsis and first 15,000 words - £200. Buy Now!

Children’s non-picture books (fiction or non-fiction) - £50 for the first 4,000 words and then £6 for each additional 1,000 words.   Buy Now! 

Important:  If you require any further information or advice please contact us on or phone us on 0161 819 9922 or write to the address shown above.

Meet The Tutors

Lorraine MaceLorraine Mace has been the humour columnist for Writing Magazine (UK) since 2009. She is the head judge for the Writers’ Forum short story competitions and writes the monthly ‘Competition Round Up’ and ‘Fiction Workshop’ columns for the magazine. Her work (fiction and non-fiction) has been published in national publications in the UK, USA, France, Australia and the Republic of Ireland, as well as in numerous ezines.

She has won and been placed in international writing and poetry competitions.

Under her own name, Lorraine writes both non-fiction books and novels for children. She is the author of Vlad the Inhaler and Vlad’s Quest (ages 8-12) and is co-author of The Writer’s ABC Checklist (Accent Press, January 2010).

Writing as Frances di Plino, she is the author of the D.I. Paolo Storey crime series (Bad Moon Rising, Someday Never Comes, Call it Pretending and Looking for a Reason) all published by Crooked Cat Publishing. She is a member of the Society of Authors, the Crime Writers Association and the Freelance Writers Association.

With her broad range of writing interests and success in diverse fields, Lorraine tutors in both fiction and non-fiction for the Writers Bureau.

ANDY ELLIS obtained a degree in journalism in 1986, starting work on his local newspaper in the same year. From there he progressed to a regional newspaper and later, worked for a variety of magazines, based in London.

Roughly five years into his career, Andy decided to try life as a freelance writer and has never looked back. The author of thousands of magazine and newspaper articles, Andy’s work is managed by two different agencies; one in the USA and one based in Sweden, for mainland Europe. He sells his own work in the UK.

Andy writes fiction as well as factual articles and has had many hundreds of short stories accepted, as well as two fiction books; one written for children. Andy has sat on many competition judging panels and acts as a ‘reader’ for several large publishing houses; assessing the commercial viability of new authors’ novel proposals. He currently runs his own literary agency at

Approximately five years ago, Andy was commissioned by the Local Learning and Skills council to work on an information/promotional book for them. From that point on, business based commercial writing has become the largest part of Andy’s freelance income. He has worked on many governmental reports, instruction books and staff-guides for different government Departments, including the Dept of work and Pensions and The Home Office. Andy is now regarded as one of the leading experts on Employment and Welfare to Work Issues and contributes to many publications on these and related issues.

David Kinchin has worked with the Writers Bureau since 1994. Prior to that he was a student with the Bureau, earning the title of “Distance Learning Student of the Year” in 1991 following his very successful launch into his varied writing career. David is experienced in a number of different writing genres, having successfully written and had published/broadcast drama scripts, text books, short stories and hundreds of feature articles for publications in Europe, South Africa and North America. He is in the fortunate position of never having had a book proposal turned down by a publisher, and has enjoyed publication by HarperCollins, Jessica Kingsley, David Fulton, and others. More recently, David has branched out into magazine editing.

Karen KingKaren King is the author of over one hundred children’s books, many children’s comics, short stories for women’s magazines and a romance novella. She was one of the authors of the Writer’s Bureau 'Writing for Children' course and their 'Write for Profit using the Internet' course.

Karen runs writing workshops for adults and in schools. She was a lecturer on the MA Professional Writing course and the BA Illustration course at the University College Falmouth for many years. She has tutored for the TrAce Online Writing Centre, the Open College of Arts, Oxford Open Learning and ICS.

She has a Certificate in Education and is currently studying for a degree with the Open University. She is a member of the Society of Authors, the National Association of Writers in Education, the Institute for Learning and the Scattered Author’s Society.


  Simon MaginnSimon Maginn says: I am an award-nominated novelist. I have published seven novels under two different names, with another one out next year (2012). I have sold in translation and in the USA. My novel, Sheep, was filmed as The Dark (2005). I was a winner of the WHSmith Fresh Talent award in 1994, and was nominated for Novel of the Year by the British Fantasy Society for Methods of Confinement (1996). I have also published short stories, one of which was broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

I write two kinds of novels: horror/psychological thrillers (Simon Maginn) and raucous urban comedies (Simon Nolan). My interests are in horror, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, thrillers, comedy and general fiction. Nonfiction interests include science, philosophy, music, history, politics and psychology.

I have been a tutor with Writers Bureau since 2007, teaching fiction and nonfiction.

EstherNewton85.jpgEsther Chilton has a social science degree specialising in psychology and sociology. She also studied for her banking exams whilst working for one of the country’s leading banks. Though, writing was always a passion and since joining the Writers Bureau as a student many years ago, Esther hasn’t looked back. She now writes and tutors full-time. Esther has written for numerous writing magazines and had articles published in a broad range of publications including Prima, Your Cat, Lifeinfo and Collect It! to name a few. She has many short story competition wins to her credit and has also enjoyed judging competitions. Her fiction stories have appeared in The People’s Friend, My Weekly, Your Cat and Independent Newspapers, as well as teenage and children’s publications.


Margaret GleaveMargaret Gleave has a degree in Classics from Leicester University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. She has taught English, Latin and Music. She has published her poetry in magazines, anthologies and her own collections. Her poems have also been broadcast on BBC Radio Merseyside. She adjudicates many poetry competitions and has herself won many poetry awards both here in the UK and in the USA.


Stephen Beattie, born Lincolnshire 1957, has had a wide range of work experiences from trainee engineer on a deep sea trawler, factory hand and public service. He began his writing career in 2004 after completing a creative writing course at his local college. His work has been published in poetry magazines in both the UK and USA and has been broadcast on local and national radio. He has had success in number of national poetry competitions and his work has been included in several anthologies. His first collection, 'Treading The Helix', was published by Indigo Dreams Publishing in 2011, his second collection, 'Between The Lines', also published by Indigo Dreams was released in September 2014. He is the co-founder of the Southport Fringe Writers and Poets and hosts their regular workshops. He gives regular reading of his work to various groups and is a supporter of local open mic nights.


Stephanie BaudetStephanie Baudet is a freelance writer of fiction and non-fiction for children and has had work published in the following fields: articles and short stories for both adults and children, storybooks, historical novels, books for reluctant readers, assembly books and educational books. She visits schools, runs adult workshops, works as a reader assessing mss and teaches creative writing by correspondence and online. She reviews books for 'Armadillo' magazine, regularly does proofreading work and occasionally dabbles in copy editing. She also has experience of writing historical/romantic fiction for adults with her novel 'A Measure Of The Soul'.


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Criselle Nunag Writers Bureau's Student of the Year 2019

“From the course I learned how to study my target audience, identify how to make the most out of my idea/story, do proper research, perform market analysis for my chosen magazine and polish my grammar. The Writers Bureau taught me to write confidently and responsibly. I learned to produce original and interesting stories, I just have to be true to myself. Writing became a fulfilling hobby that pays!”

Criselle Nunag - Writers Bureau Student of the Year 2019

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