The SWWJ manuscript appraisal service is open to ALL, although preferential rates will be offered to SWWJ members and Friends of the Society.

Please note that all communications and financial arrangements are agreed and conducted on an individual basis between you and your appraiser. The SWWJ has no direct involvement in the appraisal process and, while it has every faith in the ability and integrity of its appraisals team, the Society takes no responsibility in the event of a dispute.



Manuscript appraisal service

All the writers and tutors in our appraisals team are full members of the SWWJ with many years of professional experience and expertise to offer. Whether you are new to writing, keen to improve your skills, ready to try for publication for the first time, or just want to take a change of direction by exploring a new genre, a member of our team is ready, willing and available to guide you.

Each of us works in our own way, and every mission we accept will be different too. That’s why we are not going to quote a ‘one size fits all’ fee! You may want an expert eye cast over a single poem or a few pages of fiction, you may be just putting a tentative toe in the waters with your first play, or you may need much more in-depth and ongoing help with a full-length project, so why not tell us about it and see what we can do to help?

Just contact your chosen member of the appraisals team direct, using the contact details below, for a FREE initial chat about your requirements and expectations and to agree a fee before you start. We know there are other critique services out there, but we are confident that the service we offer is second to none… and that our fees are not only fair but also highly competitive. If you don’t feel happy for any reason, there is no obligation to go any further.


 Meet our appraisals team



Fay Marshall

Fay is a widely-published and prize-winning poet with three of her own collections and a booklet ‘Poetry Guidelines’ in publication. She has written how-to articles, run workshops and been an adjudicator, reviewer and editorial panellist. She is a former Poetry Representative for the SWWJ and regional representative for the Poetry Society. She is also Poetry Editor for Scriptora, the SWWJ’s assisted publishing venture. Please contact Fay by email in the first instance:

Doris Corti

Doris is an experienced poet, tutor and Writing Magazine columnist, and a SWWJ Poetry Consultant. Doris is willing to read/critique and give free informal advice to SWWJ members about their poetry in progress. You can contact her by email on


 Full-length fiction


Ann Evans

An award-winning author with 21 books to her name which include children's novels, romance and non-fiction. She has also had more than 1,000 magazine and newspaper articles published. She is a former feature writer for the Coventry Telegraph and now works as a full time freelance writer and author. She runs writing classes and regularly does author visits to schools running workshops and giving talks. She is a contributor to a number of different magazines and is currently working on a crime novel, a romance and a YA novel. You can find out more about Ann by looking at her website. Please email enquiries and a sample of your work (maximum of 3000 words or opening chapter and synopsis) as a MS Word or RTF attachment to: Emailed critiques will be completed using MS Word's Mark-up system, together with a summary.

Roberta Grieve

Roberta is a published novelist of eight full length novels and seven pocket novels (later re-issued as large print paperbacks) with two more books due out in 2015. She also writes short stories and magazine articles. You can find out more by visiting her website. Roberta can offer appraisal and advice on novel plotting, as well as on layout, synopsis and covering letter. She can accept full length or partial manuscripts. Fees to be negotiated, depending on length. Email enquiries to Roberta at


 Short stories


Vivien Brown

Vivien is an established short story writer and creative writing tutor, specialising in emotional, romantic, humorous and family-based stories for the women’s magazine (‘womag’) market. For more than twenty years, her stories have appeared regularly in many weekly and monthly UK magazines, including Woman’s Weekly, Take a Break’s Fiction Feast, The People’s Friend, My Weekly and The Weekly News. Vivien offers detailed and honest appraisals, and can advise on all areas of perfecting and preparing your manuscript for submission to your chosen magazine. Fees will depend on length of story, with 20% discount offered to SWWJ members and Friends. All enquiries, with a short (200 words) extract of your work in progress, by email in the first instance please:


 One-act plays, monologues and articles


Doreen Friend

A published playwright, a trained journalist and news editor. She was a staff reporter on newspapers based in East London and Essex. As well as working as a Public Relations Officer for local authorities, she is a former editor of the SWWJ’s own magazine, The Journal. Doreen has won a number of awards for her one-act plays and is currently involved in writing audition and exam pieces for professional actors. Enquiries, articles (3000 words max) and scripts up to 50 minutes long may be sent to Doreen at:


 Writing for children


Karen King

Karen King has had one hundred and twenty children's books published by a range of publishers, including Walker, Scholastic, Random House and Harper Collins, and has written for a range of children’s magazines including Winnie the Pooh and Thomas the Tank Engine. She writes for all ages including pre-school and teens, and also chick lit novels for adults. She has won several awards for her children’s books.

Karen was a lecturer on the MA Professional Writing course and the BA Illustration course at the University College Falmouth for many years. She is now a creative writing tutor for distance learning and adult learning. Her book Get Writing: Children’s Fiction is published by How to Books. You can find out more about Karen on her website.

Karen offers detailed appraisals and guidance on children's and YA fiction.

Please email enquiries to with details of your work.

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