Writers Advice Centre

Empathy Day 2020

This year’s Empathy Day is on 9th June. Empathy is a learnable skill and Empathy Day was founded to help us all understand and experience its transformational power. From The Empathy Lab, “We have now announced our plans, designed to have a huge impact in whatever scenario we all find ourselves by June. We have never needed empathy more, so please do get planning for how you can get involved.” Empathy Day will be preceded by a new 14 day Countdown starting 26 May. Resources include a new Family Activities Pack (available 18 May), plus activities for schools to use in school or home learning provision, supported by an Early Years and Schools Toolkit. Public libraries are playing a key role, through online empathy rhyme times and ebooks, and librarians are sharing great empathy reads via the National Shelf Service.

Success Stories

Over the past 20 years we have been instrumental in helping writers find their place with publishers, whether directly or indirectly. The following is just a handful of our success stories…

"Thank you for turning this around so quickly for me. The feedback is invaluable and will allow me to make a number of really worthwhile amends before approaching publishers. As I go through the report in more detail I may have the odd question, so thank you for being open to further assistance."

R Myles (Manuscript Appraisal Service)

"I’d like to thank you for your words of encouragement. My wife said to my children after the phone call, ‘That’ll be it now, you won’t see your dad for months as he’ll be busy writing.’ How true!"

Neil Swinney (Telephone Appraisal Service)

"Sharing our book with Louise Jordan at the Writers’ Advice Centre was one of our most important steps on the road to publication of our book My Mum’s a Bug-Eyed Monster. Without Louise’s advice about story pacing and which publishers to target, our monster mum may still be languishing in the slush swamp!"

Andy Rigden & Jim Landen (Face to Face Meeting)

"I am finding this writing course very enjoyable and feel inspired by the assignments. I find your feedback particularly motivating and believe that signing up to this course has not only developed my writing confidence, but is one of the best things I did for my writing career"

Kim White (Home Study Course)

"Thank you for facilitating such an excellent workshop yesterday. I would strongly recommend it to anyone wishing to write for children. Experienced writers would definitely benefit from it as well. Pure gold!"

A Chisambo (Writing Workshop)