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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 Writers’ Bursaries and Mentoring Scheme have an increased focus on new and emerging writers and talent development, including improved mentoring opportunities.  The 2019 Mentoring Scheme will begin with a bespoke residential week-long Mentoring Course (6 days/5 nights) at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre on 18-23 February 2019, followed by individual one-to-one Mentoring sessions with a mentor during the following months, as well as opportunities to network with representatives from across the publishing trade.

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 / pre-teen fiction, young adult fiction; creative non-fiction (including biography/autobiography, and literary criticism; graphic novels.

Eligiblilty:
Applicants must be resident in Wales.

Further information and how to apply
The full guidelines and application form for the enhanced 2019 Mentoring are now available – please scroll down to the box at the foot of this page and click on the links to download the documents. Please read the full 2019 Mentoring Guidelines for Applicants before completing the application form.

Closing date
There is an annual closing date for applications for the Mentoring Scheme. Closing date for applications for 2019 Mentoring: 5.00 pm Tuesday 11 September 2018.

Assessment:
Applications for the Mentoring Scheme are assessed by the Literature Wales Bursaries Panel.

Assessment timetable:

The Bursaries Panel will assess the Bursaries and Mentoring applications during the three-month period following the closing date (September 2018 to November 2018). The Bursaries Panel will meet at the end of the assessment period (in November 2018). Within six weeks of the Bursaries Panel’s decision meeting, every applicant will be individually informed of the Bursaries Panel’s decision by letter. It is anticipated that applicants will be informed by mid-December 2018. The names of successful Bursaries and Mentoring recipients will be announced within seven weeks of the Panel’s decision meeting (in January 2019). The dates in this timetable may be subject to change.

To read more about the writers awarded places on the Mentoring Scheme last year, click here.

If you have any queries regarding the Literature Wales Mentoring Scheme, please contact Literature Wales: 029 2047 2266 / post@literaturewales.org

Please note that the dates in this timetable may be subject to change.

If you have any queries regarding the Literature Wales Mentoring Scheme, please contact Literature Wales:
029 2047 2266 / post@literaturewales.org

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

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2019 Literature Wales Mentoring Guidelines and Application Form

Guidelines 2019 Mentoring Scheme - Word
Language: EnglishFile Type: WordSize: 1492KB
Guidelines 2019 Mentoring Scheme - PDF
Language: EnglishFile Type: PDFSize: 213KB
Application form 2019 Mentoring Scheme
Language: EnglishFile Type: WordSize: 1487KB
LW Equalities and Diversity Form - Writer Development
Language: EnglishFile Type: WordSize: 61KB
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