Rebecca Burns is an experienced leader of creative writing workshops and has mentored developing writers, helping them reach their potential. She can help you develop your writing and give advice about how to prepare your stories for submission.

Recent Workshops/Mentoring Schemes Rebecca has taught:
Comma Press – Short Story Workshop, 2019
A six month course exploring the structure and techniques of writing short stories.

A Brief Pause 2021
Rebecca is a mentor on this programme, funded by the Arts Council, to help writers develop their short story writing. She’ll deliver a Masterclass on preparing your stories for publication, and how to construct a successful story.

Middle Way Mentoring Programme, 2018-2019
This programme, funded by the Arts Council, supports developing Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) writers based in the Midlands.

“I was lucky to have Bekki as my mentor for the Middle way Mentoring Scheme. What I liked, is that she never told me what to do, instead let me find my own way as we navigated through the world of storytelling. Sessions with her felt like unwinding with a good friend, filled with invaluable suggestions. I started off as a novice, but now I have the confidence to write a good short story, thanks to her amazing range of experience and inspiring persona.”

Asha, middle way mentee


Rebecca is Chair of Judges for the Leicester Writes Short Story Competition for 2021, as she has been for the last three years. This is a great competition for writers at all stages of their careers to enter – send us your work!

Appraisal/Critiques available

The following packages are available from Rebecca:

Stories 500-1000 words long:

– 500 word appraisal
– turnaround in 3 days

Fee: £15

Stories 1000-2000 words long:

– 500 word appraisal
– turnaround in 3 days

Fee: £20

Stories 2000-3000 words long:

– 500 word appraisal
– turnaround in 3 days

Fee: £25

Mentoring and Workshop Packages Available

Short Story Mentoring Scheme Package:
– 1000 word appraisal on up to 3 short stories (word count of stories to comprise 6000 words max)
– 2 x 1 hour Skype calls to discuss report and suggested edits
– 500 word final appraisal following Skype calls to discuss edits
Dates tailored to suit writer and fit with diaries

Fee: £150

Workshop Packages
– Short Story workshops delivered
– These can be tailored to fit the size of the group and the requirements of the workshop organiser

Get in touch to discuss further

Get in touch via the “Contact Rebecca” page.