Artist Support

Support for you and your writing to thrive.

Whether you need someone to guide you through the complexities of funding, an editor to look at your manuscript before you submit it to agents and publishers, or a coach to help you find the work-life balance you need, you’ve come to the right place.

Let Story Machine help you – and your writing – thrive.

We are relaxed and friendly to work with. We will be supportive of you, your work, and the potential for it. We will help you get what you want for your writing.

Funding Support

Fundraising support, bid writing, industry information and guidance to help your work thrive. We are particularly experienced in supporting quality applications to Project Grants and Developing Your Creative Practice through Arts Council England.

Editorial Support

From feedback to a complete structural edit, we can help you polish your manuscript ready for submission and publication.

Confidence Coaching

To help you overcome obstacles, identify and clarify your goals, and develop the plans and structures to achieve everything you want as an artist.


Led by experienced writer-educators, our workshops offer you the opportunity to learn, explore your practice, and grow in a supportive environment.


Sam Ruddock is an excellent editor. I feel lucky to have worked with him so early in my career.’

Preti Taneja, Desmond Elliott Prize-winning author

Everything Story Machine does comes from the heart. They are generous and kind, respectful and understanding. They are a good friend to any book or writer.’
Sally-Anne Lomas, author

‘If you’re thinking of, or struggling with, ACE funding – what to apply for and, more importantly HOW – I can’t recommend Story Machine highly enough. I’ve been amazed by the work they’ve done with me – their all-encompassing experience and sensitivity to how writers work (on all levels) means a quick and thorough insight into what’s needed and how best to present it. A total joy to work with!’
Jenny Knight

‘Editing my first novel was a daunting task, made immeasurably easier by Story Machine’s precise and practical insight and advice. The book has undoubtedly been improved by their contributions.’
Simon K Jones

‘I credit Story Machine’s three-page email outlining my application’s strengths – and specific suggestions on how to address the weaknesses – as the single most important reason I was awarded funding. They are generous with time, and brings to the table extensive experience and an unusual insight into the application process.’
Sandra Jensen

‘I’d lost confidence in my manuscript. Story Machine provided a detailed and insightful assessment of the structure, themes and characters. They also understood the story I was trying to write and offered a clear vision for how I could better tell that story. The report contained honest yet sensitive suggestions and the mark-up was thorough and eagle-eyed! I now have an agent!
Jess Morgan