Three Months to Launching Your Novel One-on-One Mentorship Program with Rob Hart, Apply Now for 2023!!
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis.
Please do not pay for the mentorship until you receive a formal acceptance notification via email.
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Rob Hart is the author of the critically-acclaimed thrillers The Paradox Hotel and The Warehouse—the latter of which sold in more than 20 languages and was optioned for film by Ron Howard. He also wrote the Ash McKenna crime series, as well as the short story collection Take-Out, the novella Scott Free with James Patterson, and the comic book Blood Oath with Alex Segura.
Rob is the former publisher for MysteriousPress.com and the current class director at LitReactor. His short stories have appeared in publications like Thuglit, Needle, Helix Literary Magazine, Mystery Tribune, and Joyland. He received a Derringer Award nomination for best flash fiction story for “Foodies”, and his short story “Take-Out” appeared in Best American Mystery Stories 2018. He received honorable mention in Best American Mystery Stories 2015, 2017, and 2022. He also wrote “Due on Batuu”, a short story set in the Star Wars universe, as part of From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back.
The Ideal Participant is someone who wants to start writing a novel but doesn’t know where to begin or has already started a novel and finds that it's not coming together the way they'd hoped. You can come in with a completed work or a portion of one.
Writing a novel, especially one with mainstream or commercial appeal, requires a lot more than sitting down and opening a Word document. Process matters, as does your ability to tell a thrilling and engaging story. The ability to sort and order your ideas is a multi-step process: it means knowing how to find the best research material, extract the information you need, and write an outline or guide that keeps you on some sort of track.
And if you’re just starting out, you must learn how to discover your own process. It’s important to understand that there are no rules in writing, only gentle suggestions for you to consider and accept or dismiss based on whether it works for you. Rob will help you understand how to write to your strengths rather than someone else’s. He’ll also share the lessons he teaches in his class, The Source Code of Storytelling, which seeks to break down the difference between writing and storytelling and sharpen your skills in both.
By the end of this 3-month mentorship, writers will have:
- A bulletproof outline for their novel
- A clear sense of their plot, character, and themes
- A deep well of research material
- An understanding of what makes their work unique
- A stronger and more thoughtful writing process
- A plan for finishing their book
- A strong opening (up to 30 pages)
- A better understanding of next steps once the book is ready to go out
It doesn’t matter where you are in your process—you can come in completely cold with the inkling of an idea, or with a project you haven’t been able to gain traction on. The only requirement is you be open to feedback and collaboration.
How It Works:
Upon acceptance into the mentorship program, you will schedule an initial one-on-one call or Zoom session with Rob to discuss where you’re at, allowing him to get a sense of your previous experience and attitude toward feedback. Together, you’ll create a work plan for the next three months.
You will then meet with Rob, by phone or Zoom, every other week until the end of the program. Prior to these meetings, you will be expected to send in homework assignments, along with any questions you want to review.
Rob will also provide reading material throughout the course, from articles and essays, to novels that could be instructive to your process (though you won’t be required to finish them before the end of the course).
Rob will also be available to answer questions, talk through any issues or blocks you may be having, or provide advice and encouragement via email at any time for the duration of the mentorship.
Before the end of the program, Rob will critique up to 20 pages of your opening and help you develop a plan for submitting it to agents, including who to look for and how to put together a successful submission package.
“Rob did a great job of telling us how to set priorities in the right order. If you’ve got a big, sprawling idea but can’t quite “see” all of it, I would take this class. Also, the feedback from classmates was great. It actually helped that many did not write in my genre. They provided a fresh set of eyes.” —Hugh L., on Rob’s LitReactor class The Big Idea
“Rob’s class is engaging, interesting, and helps wrangle the process of starting a project into a manageable framework. He’s a friendly and encouraging teacher who helps you develop your idea into an exciting new story.” —Kyle M., on Rob’s LitReactor class The Big Idea
“In a matter of weeks, Rob helped me to look at my idea from angles I’d never considered, then to reshape it into a solid, marketable concept I couldn’t wait to start drafting.” — Dan F., on Rob’s LitReactor class The Big Idea
“Rob’s insight and guidance made my manuscript better and helped me become a better writer. His keen editorial eye saw what I set out to do with my work, and he provided me with a detailed plan toward executing that vision and fulfilling its potential. From developmental edits to fine-tuning the manuscript to be market-ready, Rob truly took my writing to the next level, and he did so with professionalism and genuine investment in the book’s success.” —Victor Manibo, Pitch Wars mentee, author of The Sleepless
“Rob saw straight to the heart of my manuscript. He immediately understood what made the plot and characters tick, and then helped me build a stronger story around those. I’m consistently impressed by Rob’s sharp editorial instincts, his insight into the market, and his genuine commitment to helping writers reach their goals.” —Jennifer Mandula, Pitch Wars mentee
Application Process: Complete Application Questionnaire.
Click HERE to Apply Now. Early applications are encouraged as space is limited.Additional Program Information:
- Tuition is $2,400
- Apply Now | Acceptance decisions made on a rolling basis.
- The Mentorship is fully online and students may participate from anywhere.
- NOTE: Shifting some dates around may be necessary but any changes will be communicated well in advance, if possible.