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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.
Applications for the 2020 Literature Wales Mentoring Scheme have now closed.

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. The 2020 Mentoring scheme has been extended and will begin with a tailored residential week-long course (6 days/5 nights) at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre on 2-7 March 2020, followed by individual one-to-one sessions with a mentor during the following months.

Mentoring literary translation
Literature Wales is pleased to announce a new collaboration on translation opportunities for writers between Literature Wales, National Centre for Writing and Wales Literature Exchange. One of the four places on the Literature Wales Mentoring Scheme will be ring-fenced for an early career literary translator/writer. This award will include a place on the National Centre for Writing residential weekend in Norwich on 17-19 January 2020; a place on the Literature Wales Mentoring Course at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre on 2-7 March 2020; and 3 individual mentoring sessions with a mentor during the year.

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.

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

Eligibility
Applicants must be resident in Wales.

Closing date
There is an annual closing date for applications for the Mentoring Scheme. The closing date for applications for the 2020 Mentoring Scheme has now closed (5.00 pm Tuesday 10 September 2019). Late applications will not be accepted. 

 

What happens next?
  • All applications for the 2020 Mentoring Scheme will be acknowledged by email and letter.
  • All applications for the 2020 Mentoring Scheme will be processed by the end of September. We will contact you by letter or email if your application is incomplete.

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.

Assessment timetable for 2020 Mentoring Scheme:

The Bursaries Panel will assess the Bursaries and Mentoring applications during the three-month period following the closing date (September 2019 to November 2019). The Bursaries Panel will meet at the end of the assessment period (in November 2019). 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 2019. The names of successful Bursaries and Mentoring recipients will be announced within seven weeks of the Panel’s decision meeting (in January 2020). The dates in this timetable may be subject to change.

 

When can I next apply for the Mentoring Scheme?

Details for future applications for the Literature Wales Mentoring Scheme will be announced after funding has been confirmed. We anticipate that this will be confirmed during 2020. Further details will be announced on the Literature Wales website, 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.

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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