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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 early career writers at the start of their writing career. Early career writers can be of any age. The scheme offers writers support and practical advice to develop a specific work in progress to a publishable standard.

 

Enhanced 2020 Mentoring Scheme

Beth Celyn, Abeer Ameer and Seran Dolma have been awarded a place on the Mentoring Scheme, which focuses on early career writers and talent development. 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 on 2-7 March 2020, followed by individual Mentoring sessions during the year, as well as opportunities to network with representatives from the publishing industry.

In addition, this is a pilot year for a new partnership between Literature Wales and the National Centre for Writing in Norwich, with support from Wales Literature Exchange, to offer translation opportunities for early career writers and literary translators. One place on the 2020 Mentoring Scheme is ring-fenced for literary translation. The role of the translator is crucial to foster cross-cultural dialogue, and it is hoped that this opportunity will enable Wales’ writers to reach new audiences, as well as contribute to internationalising the literature sector in Wales. This partnership will also facilitate an international writers’ exchange.

Susan Walton has been awarded a place on the Mentoring Scheme for literary translation, to work on her English translation of a Welsh-language literary novel. The award includes the opportunity for her to attend the National Centre for Writing Emerging Translators residential weekend in Norwich on 17-19 January 2020, while Polish-English translator Marek Maj from the Emerging Translators Mentorships 2019/20 cohort will join the Literature Wales Mentoring Course at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre in March.

For further details about the writers participating in the 2020 Mentoring Scheme, click here.

 

Mentoring Scheme – general information

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.

Literary translation: English to Welsh or Welsh to English, in any of the above genres.

Eligibility
Applicants must be resident in Wales.

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

When can I next apply for the Mentoring Scheme?

There is an annual deadline for applications for the Mentoring Scheme. The timetable for 2021 Mentoring will be announced after funding has been formally confirmed. We anticipate that this will be during 2020.

Application forms and updated guidelines will be available to download from Literature Wales’ website after funding has been confirmed. Further details will be announced on the Literature Wales website and in the Literature Wales e-newsletter and on our social media channels in due course.

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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