Mentoring Scheme – unpublished writers
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Mentoring Scheme – unpublished writers

Mentoring Opportunities

***WANTED: UNPUBLISHED, UNAGENTED AUTHORS***

It’s been wonderful working with my four mentees so far this year. Their dedication, enthusiasm and talent has made being a mentor a wonderful experience. I will be looking to work with TWO more writers in 2021 in a 6-month long mentoring scheme, one in January 2021 and one in July 2021. I will be looking for:

ONE aspiring picture book writer

ONE aspiring chapter books / middle grade writer

WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA?

I’m looking to work with unpublished and unagented writers who do not have a book under contract with a traditional publisher.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 who consider themselves to have a disability, including hidden disabilities
  • Writers who are from a working class background

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 THURSDAY 1st OCTOBER 2020 until 23:59 GMT on THURSDAY 8TH OCTOBER 2020.

PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT AN APPLICATION BEFORE THIS TIME AS IT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Unfortunately, applications cannot be accepted after this date. Applications will be valid for both 6-month mentoring periods.

HOW DO I APPLY?

If you meet the criteria, please contact me via Contact Form on this website with a cover letter. Please state NEW WRITERS 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
  • A 300-word extract from one of your stories to showcase your writing (can be from any part of the book)
  • Details of any other works in progress
  • Where you are in your writing career (e.g. starting out, have previously submitted, etc.) and where you want to be

The selection process will involve checking criteria, and connecting with the work and the writer. You may be contacted for more information or a longer extract of your writing.

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

Thank you for your interest and good luck!