Our mentoring scheme offers support and advice to 3 writers each year who, in our view, are able to demonstrate great promise and commitment. The scheme matches the selected writers to sympathetic, established, professional writers.
These relationships will be for an agreed periods of time, between 6 – 12 months, and will focus on developing the work of writers who have reached a critical point, enabling them to step beyond the private process of writing and onto new levels. Ultimately, the scheme aims to help writers to develop their work to a publishable standard.
Applications should include a sample of the work in question of up to 1500 consecutive words and a short one page synopsis. Please submit the beginning of your piece if you are submitting a novel. You can also submit a number of videos, or links to videos, to a maximum of 15 minutes, if you would like to submit spoken word. Please note your work will only be considered if it is submitted via this process. Please submit the work and synopsis on one document and please do not send additional attachments.
For poetry please submit 6 poems, to a maximum of 60 lines per poem. Please submit all poems on one word document.
We will require writers to develop a specific piece of work-in-progress. The mentor will offer constructive criticism and support in a number of sessions to help take the work forward. Please note, if you are applying with a novel or extended piece of creative non fiction, we require that the work has been through at least one complete draft before you apply.
This scheme would best suit emerging writers able to display real commitment. The mentoring scheme is also available for established writers in one form who are looking to develop their writing in different forms.
“ In my opinion this mentoring scheme offered by WEM is priceless. I know I am extremely lucky to have had the experience, and I aim to use everything that I have learnt for my next step.” – Lisa Drakeford (who completed the mentoring scheme with Maxine Linnell in 2013).
Writers must be resident in the East Midlands at the time of application and who will continue to live in the region throughout the mentoring period.
Writers will not be accepted for the service more than once in any three-year period.
The scheme will be open to published or unpublished writers.
This scheme is open to submissions of prose, poetry, creative non-fiction (including life-writing) and spoken word.
This scheme is open to submissions of prose, poetry, spoken word, and creative non-fiction (including life-writing).
This scheme is not suitable for applicants who are currently in education studying towards a creative writing related qualification.
Applicants must be over 18 years of age.
Writing East Midlands decisions will be based on a balance of factors:
- The literary and artistic quality of the work submitted
- The probability of publication by a bona fide publisher (Preference will therefore be shown to writers who are able to provide evidence of genuine publisher or agent interest in their work.)
- The need to encourage a range and diversity of new writing from the East Midlands.
Applications should be submitted via this web form, which contains instructions for what samples of work etc. are needed.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview (which can be conducted via Skype to take into account accessibility considerations) and should the applicant be successful, a mentor will be matched with an established writer. Other areas where Writing East Midlands can support the unsuccessful shortlisted applicants will be identified during the selection process.
The Writing East Midlands Mentoring Scheme is very popular and continues to attract an increasingly high number of submissions each year. Please note that the selection panel’s decision is final and the panel reserves the right not to enter into further correspondence about its decisions.
Unfortunately we don’t have the resources to offer feedback on submissions. However, in light of the growing popularity of the scheme, we’re pleased to offer a limited number of short critiques from one of our Writing School East Midlands tutors to applicants who show particular promise, but who have not been shortlisted for the mentoring scheme at this time.
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