Links: Mentorship Programs

Programs and mentors to help you hone your craft.

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Creative Writing Ink — Work one-on-one with a suitable writing mentor or coach for guidance and feedback on your work. Regular e-mail contact. Fee based.

Dzanc Books Creative Writing Mentorships— Conducted online through Submittable in blocks of 1, 2, or 4 hours, with longer mentorships being less expensive than shorter ones. This program is probably more geared to work with short stories rather than novels. Fee based, but not terribly expensive.

Writer to Writer — Mentorship of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. Applications to find a mentor are open the first half of August. Mentor applications are open year-round. Matches emerging writers and published authors for a three-month series of modules in various related topics. Free of charge. Mentors volunteer their time in exchange for a free one-year membership in AWP. Spring and Fall sessions. Chances to interact with others in the program, AWP’s membership team included. Site includes news, celebrations, program reflections and more.

The Writer’s Mentorship Program — With writer, teacher and editor Nancy Rue. Two branches: Doorways, for women who want guidance in shaping their books and their lives as writers; and From Shadow to Shelf, for the writer who wants assistance in developing a specific book or series, which has several levels of assistance from which to choose. Nancy also offers proposal assistance for writers ready to submit to editors/agents, and intensives for in-depth study, practice and feedback for individual projects. Fee-based, both initial outlay and monthly maintenance fee.