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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
In 2018, the Writers’ Bursaries and Mentoring Scheme have an increased focus on new and emerging writers and talent development, including improved mentoring opportunities. Four writers have been awarded a place on the enhanced Mentoring Scheme: Cath Barton, Ellen Davies, Euros ap Hywel and Rhiannon Williams. They will be joined on this scheme by 6 recipients of ring-fenced Bursaries (the New Writers’ Bursaries and Under 25 Bursary).  The scheme will begin with a bespoke residential Mentoring Course at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre in February 2018, followed by individual one-to-one Mentoring sessions during the year, as well as opportunities to network with representatives from across the publishing trade.

To read more about the writers awarded places on the 2018 Mentoring Scheme, click here.

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.

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

There is an annual deadline for applications.

What happens next?

Details for applications for the 2019 Mentoring Scheme will be announced after funding has been confirmed.

• We anticipate that funding for 2019 Mentoring Scheme will be confirmed during summer 2018.
• The detailed guidelines and application forms for 2019 Mentoring will be available after funding has been confirmed.
• We anticipate that the next round of applications will open during summer 2018.
• The closing date for applications for the 2019 Mentoring Scheme will be announced after funding has been confirmed.

Further details will be announced on the Literature Wales website, in the Literature Wales e-newsletter and on social media in due course.

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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