The Writer Mentoring Scheme

The Writer Mentoring Scheme

The Writer Mentoring Scheme

In 2009, we opened the doors to our Writer Mentoring Scheme across the East Midlands. The scheme matches successful applicants with sympathetic professional writers who will guide them through their writing projects, whether that’s a novel, collection of poems or stories, spoken word, creative non-fiction, or scripts for radio, stage and screen.

“Each mentoring session left me feeling more confident, and more enthusiastic about my ideas... I would never have been able to move my writing forward in this way without the mentorship.” – Anna Lewis (working with Jacob Ross)

We had 29 submissions in that first year. Since then we’ve received applications from hundreds of talented writers in our region, and helped many of them to develop their writing careers and learn more about the industry. The scheme is free to apply for but highly competitive, and we’re able to award mentoring places to three writers each year.  As well as these places, we also provide career development workshops, taught by the brilliant Cathy Grindrod, to the shortlisted writers. We’re also very lucky to be able to offer a number of short critiques through our Writing School tutors to applicants who show promise in their work but haven’t been shortlisted. The deadline for this round of applications is 14 October.

We look to find the best match for the writers, and our mentors have included Booker Prize shortlisted novelist Jon McGregor and best-selling writers Niki Valentine, Jacob Ross, Anne Zouroudi and Patricia Duncker.

We’re always delighted to learn about and share the successes of the writers who’ve benefited from mentoring and most of them (including Jamie Mollart, Lisa Drakeford, Garry Martin, Rod Maddocks, Lydia Towsey, Dan Powell, Richard Braber and many more) have gone on to be taken on by publishers including Sandstone, Chicken House, Five Leaves, Colley Books and Damnation Books, or produced spoken word shows with companies such as Apples & Snakes and Renaissance One.

If you’re an emerging writer, or an established writer who’s looking to work in a different genre or discipline, the mentoring scheme might be the ideal opportunity for you to get the guidance you need.  To find out more and to apply before the deadline of 14 October, click below.

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