Bella Pollen

About this programme

Good writing is the result of strong ideas, inspired conversations and a great deal of perseverance. Author Bella Pollen is on hand to give you a no-nonsense, objective view of your project.  In a series of Oxbridge-style face to face tutorials, she will work with you on your manuscript, sentence by sentence, page by page, chapter after chapter until it is complete and ready to hand in.


About the instructor

Bella Pollen is a writer and journalist who has contributed to a variety of publications, including Vogue, Bazaar, The Spectator, The Times & The Sunday Telegraph. Author of five novels, Pollen has tackled a broad spectrum of subjects from the decline of the Aristocracy in the best-selling Hunting Unicorns; the immigration issues of the US/Mexican Border in Midnight Cactus; to loss and betrayal in the critically acclaimed Summer of the Bear, a novel of magical thinking and redemption set against the backdrop of the Cold War. Her memoir Meet Me In The In Between was published in 2017.

Bella Pollen has extensive experience of teaching the art of writing in private one to one sessions for both memoir and fiction.


What you will do

Mentoring sessions can happen over the course of months or be condensed into shorter periods of time according to individual needs. We offer three distinct services, depending on whether you are at the beginning, middle, or end of a book.


1. How to get your book off to a flying start

Do you have an idea for a book which needs teasing out and developing?

Bella will monitor those first fragile stages of the writing process, teaching you the building blocks of plot and structure and advising you on how to draw your characters and find your voice.

Jumpstart Course: £1300 (4 x 2.5 hour sessions)


2. How to get your book out of a rut

Was it all going well until you woke up one morning and found that the plot had stalled? A break in the middle of a book is not unusual. It could be that you can’t go forward because there is a problem in the work which needs sorting out. Or you could simply have got as far as you can without professional help.

Bella Pollen will read through your manuscript, identify where and why it’s not working, then advise you on how best to correct whether it be re-structuring, pulling through narrative threads, sharpening dialogue or developing character.

Keep Moving (Full Manuscript): £1050 (Read through and written analysis of manuscript + 2 hours mentoring)

Keep Moving (Half Manuscript): £800 (Read through and written analysis of manuscript + 2 hours mentoring)


3. How to prepare your manuscript for submission

The days when agents and publishers worked closely with an author are long gone. No-one has the time and competition is intense. For an agent or publisher to take on a new author, their book must fly off the page.


Crash Edit : £2500 (20 hours over one week)

Bella will read and polish your manuscript over the course of a week


Regular Edit : £1040 (2 hours x 4 weeks)

Bella will teach you how to edit your own book, line-by-line, trimming, tightening and polishing ensuring that what you finally submit is the best version it can possibly be.


BUY NOWContact tutor

Book now

Pricing & Info

Jumpstart Course: £1300 + VAT  (4 x 2.5 hour sessions)

Keep Moving (Full Manuscript): £1050 + VAT (Read through and written analysis of manuscript + 2 hours mentoring)

Keep Moving (Half Manuscript): £800 + VAT (Read through and written analysis of manuscript + 2 hours mentoring)

Crash Edit : £2500 + VAT (20 hours over one week)

Regular Edit : £1040 + VAT (2 hours x 4 weeks)

Ongoing support is available at £140 + VAT  per hour

All packages Include unlimited email support.

Buy now


“Bella made this book her personal mission. She read through every page again and again, and, colored index cards in hand, helped me restructure the book scene by scene. Without her unfailing support, this book would not have been.”

Howard Axelrod, author of The Point of Vanishing.


“Before I worked with Bella, I’d been stalled in the middle of a memoir project for over year. Bella provided the perspective and the motivation necessary to give me distance from my story. She’s developed a fool proof method of finding the central tensions of narrative and laying them out for the author. Working with her saved me months, if not years, of editing and re-writing.”

Kristen Cosby, author of The Thirty-Nine Foot World.  


“I came to Bella as an unpublished author who didn’t know how to tell a story. With Bella’s ruthless red penning and her passion to teach me the art of writing, my script gradually turned into a book. I shall never forget her telling me it wasn’t enough to be able to write; I had to entertain too. Bella is tough but her charm, talent, humour and vision to see potential, is truly exceptional. I have since had seven novels and two non-fiction books published, and shall always look back and be grateful to Bella for everything she did for me.”

Alice Peterson, author of Another Alice. 


“Bella has a wonderful eye for structure and pace. The changes she suggested for ‘The Baroness’ made all the difference.”

Hannah Rothschild, author of The Baroness.

Preferred type of course

When would you like to do the course?

Where would you like to meet?