The summer holidays are over, it feels like everyone is back at work (and school!) and I am looking forward to considering the applicants for the mentorship scheme which will be part of the work that we undertake as ‘Writers Weekend Workshop’.  It is important to offer support for new writers and to help people on their journey to publication.  The mentorship scheme is designed to offer support to writers both in terms of their writing craft as well as their professional development.  If you are an emerging BAME author, have a novel that is now written and ready to share, and want to get help and guidance on both the editing of the novel as well as how to approach publishers and agents, and how to develop your professional skills then please do apply.   I am looking forward to hearing from you.


What will the mentorship scheme do?

The mentorship scheme will allow an author to benefit from working with an editor on their finished novel, to receive editorial advice and guidance and to work towards the creation of a piece of work that is ready for submission to agents and publishers.   The scheme will also include the author having time with a publishing professional who will help them develop core skills around the area of events and self-promotion.


Applications are invited to submit up to 2000 words from the start of a finished novel, a synopsis and a bio  to by the 1st October 2018.

The announcement of the shortlisted authors with a call-in for submission of the entire novel will be made on the 1st December 2018 and up to four finalist will be announced 18th January 2018.  Mentoring will start in early 2018.

Applications are invited from BAME writers working on full length fiction for readers aged 7 and older and who are resident in the UK.  Applicants can be mentored on-line but it will be important that the author is able to travel to London for some face-to-face meetings and also to be able to benefit from a planned series of talks that will be held for the shortlisted authors as a group.

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