Literature Wales’ Mentoring Scheme for Writers offers support and practical advice to writers, to develop specific work in progress to a publishable standard.

Places on Literature Wales’ Mentoring Scheme for Writers are awarded to new and emerging writers at the start of their writing career. The scheme offers writers support and practical advice to develop a specific work in progress to a publishable standard.

Enhanced Mentoring Scheme

The Mentoring Scheme and Writers’ Bursaries have an increased focus on new and emerging writers and talent development, including mentoring opportunities. Four writers have been awarded a place on the enhanced Mentoring Scheme: Mari Ellis Dunning, Rachel Carney, Nicholas McGaughey and Branwen Haf Williams. They will be joined by 6 recipients of ring-fenced Bursaries (the New Writers’ Bursaries and Under 25 Bursary).  The scheme will begin with a bespoke Mentoring Course at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre in February 2019, followed by individual one-to-one Mentoring sessions during the year, as well as opportunities to network with representatives from the publishing industry

Eligible genres:
Writers may ask for assistance to develop one specific piece of work in progress, in any one of the eligible genres: Poetry; prose, including novels and short stories, children’s literature, young adult fiction; creative non-fiction (including biography/autobiography, and literary criticism; graphic novels.

Applicants must be resident in Wales.

Timetable for applications
There is an annual deadline for applications for the Mentoring Scheme.

Applications open for 2020 Mentoring Scheme: Wednesday 10 July 2019.
Closing date for applications for 2020 Mentoring Scheme: 5.00 pm Tuesday 10 September 2019

Application forms and updated guidelines will be available to download from Literature Wales’ website from Wednesday 10 July 2019. Further details will be announced on the Literature Wales website and in the Literature Wales e-newsletter and on social media in due course.

Applications for the Mentoring Scheme are assessed by Literature Wales Bursaries Panel. For further information on the members of the Bursaries Panel click here.

Literature Wales is inviting applications for three new members for its Bursaries Panel. Further details on how to apply can be found here.

If you have any queries regarding the Literature Wales Mentoring Scheme, please contact Literature Wales:
029 2047 2266 /

Literature Wales Writers’ Bursaries and the Mentoring Scheme are supported by The National Lottery through the Arts Council of Wales.


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