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Mentoring scheme

Mentoring Opportunity

***WANTED: ASPIRING AUTHORS***

***UPDATE***

Thank you to everyone who has applied for the mentoring. I’m working through the applications and making difficult decisions.

I’ll be in touch with everyone (whether successful or not) very soon.

Thanks for your patience!

I’m setting up a new 6-month long mentoring scheme and will be looking for:

ONE aspiring picture book writer

ONE aspiring chapter books / middle grade writer

WHAT’S THE CRITERIA?

I’m looking to work with unpublished and unagented writers at this stage (who do not have a book under contract with a traditional publisher).

Criteria may vary with different intakes. This intake, I’m looking for: writers who fulfil one of the following:

  • Writers aged 40 years or above and writing as a new career
  • Writers who cannot attend writing events for whatever reason, e.g. caring responsibilities, health complications, geographical difficulties.

WHAT WILL WE DO?

People’s needs will vary, so there is no set agenda. Possibilities include:

  • Reading and advising on works in progress.
  • Providing guidance about how to proceed with career development
  • Listening to pitches for ideas and advising on marketability and suitability
  • Being a source of positivity and encouragement on a tough road

WHEN CAN I APPLY?

Applications will be open from MONDAY 6th JANUARY 2020 until 23:59 GMT on SUNDAY 12TH JANUARY 2020.

Unfortunately, applications cannot be accepted after this date. There will be another submission window in July 2020.

HOW DO I APPLY?

If you meet the criteria, please contact me via Contact Form with a cover letter. Please state MENTORING SCHEME at the top of the letter and please include::

  • How you meet the criteria
  • Why you would like the mentoring
  • The age range you write for and the genre/ type of stories you write
  • Details of any works in progress
  • Where you are in your writing career (e.g. starting out, have previously submitted, etc.) and where you want to be
  • Please include an email address (no need for home address, phone number, etc.)

The selection process will also be about connecting with your work, so if your application has gone to the second part of the selection process, you will be contacted and asked to submit a sample.

WHAT IF I’M NOT SUCCESSFUL?

Unfortunately, I’m only able to take two people on at a time, but I hope it makes a difference to those people.

If you’re not successful this time, there will be further opportunities later on in the year, and you are welcome to resubmit. There is also the PASS CLINIC and the SCANSION CLINIC, which you are welcome to use in the meantime.

Please be aware that I run these services in addition to work and home life responsibilities. I do what I can, but please bear with me!