Today, Tuesday 15th April 2014, is the launch of the WoMentoring Project. It’s very exciting! I wish I was at a point in my writing where I was ready for a mentor because this just sounds brilliant.
The project offers free mentoring by professional literary women to up and coming female writers who would otherwise find it difficult to access similar opportunities. It’s not just for fiction writers – the mentors also include non-fiction writers, editors, illustrators and agents.
What the WoMentoring Project says it’s all about:
The WoMentoring Project is managed by novelist Kerry Hudson and all of the mentors are all professional writers, editors or literary agents. Many of us received unofficial or official mentoring ourselves which helped us get ahead and the emphasis is on ‘paying forward’ some of the support we’ve been given.
In an industry where male writers are still reviewed and paid more than their female counterparts in the UK, we wanted to balance the playing field. Likewise, we want to give female voices that would otherwise find it hard to be heard, a greater opportunity of reaching their true potential.
Quite simply this is about exceptional women supporting exceptional women.
How to apply for a mentor:
Each mentor selects their own mentee and it is at their discretion how little or much time they donate. Importantly, it’s about finding a good match between mentor and mentee. Using the application on the website, you apply to a particular mentor (and only one at a time) that you think fits what you’re looking for, and submit a 1000 word writing sample and a 500 word statement about why you would benefit from free mentoring.
So. Exciting. Check out the website here, which includes gorgeous illustrations by Sally Jane Thompson.