Scribbler Stuart White is launching a new type of mentoring programme for unpublished writers of MG/YA. See https://www.stuartwhitewriting.com/mentoring for details.

Of course, here at the Scribblers we are lovely and like to make things easy for you – so here’s a copy and paste from his site. Of course, if you’re applying to become a mentor, you will need to go to his site to complete that. 

#WriteMentor has been set up to give unpublished writers the chance to work with an agented or published author and help develop their manuscript and their overall craft skills and abilities. There are many mentoring programmes out there, but ours differs in a few ways.

(1) Our mentors will offer a wide range of help, from query packages (synopsis, query letter and 1st 3 chapters) all the way up to developmental edits on your whole manuscript.

(2) Each mentor will offer something different, both in terms of input and styles and we hope our mentors will encompass a wide range of genres, styles and diversity within the publishing industry. For example, we are having four main types of input from mentors (though we are open to other ideas from mentors) – 

  • Query package (synopsis, query letter, 1st 3 chapters)

  • First 10k/20k of manuscript

  • Full manuscript developmental edit report (1 read through and report only)

  • Full manuscript and redrafts until submission ready

  • Other more tailored and specific mentoring

(3) We will hold an agent showcase at the end of the process for those who are selected as mentees and agents will look at the pitches and openings and potentially make requests to those manuscripts that look most exciting to them.

(4) We understand that we can’t mentor everyone, so as a mentoring group, we will produce some more generic writing advice and tips so that everyone can benefit, and not just the mentees. 

(5) We particularly want to receive applications from mentees and mentors from around the world, where perhaps there are fewer opportunities for writers or mentorships. Do not self-reject, we want to read work from all parts of the world and backgrounds. However, unless a mentor states that they will accept work in other languages, all work submitted should be in English.

The mentoring will occur over the summer with the showcase in early Autumn (September). Therefore mentee applications will be in May. Mentors should be sure they are available in the second half of May to read over and decide upon mentees applications. And that they can donate the time to mentor over the summer. Do still apply if you’re not sure about your commitments, as you can choose to take on a smaller mentoring role (see above options).

In the meantime, if you are a published or agented writer, or an experienced industry editor, focussing on MG/YA, do fill in a mentor application below. The form will remain open until midnight, Friday 20th April. We especially welcome applications from writers/editors from marginalised groups.

Feel free to tweet me @swhitewriting on Twitter if you have any questions. 

Here is a full timeline – 

Mentor applications – now open until midnight Friday 20th April 2018.

Mentor bios on site – Friday 27th April 2018.

Mentee application window – Friday 4th May until Friday 11th May 2018.

Mentor reading and decision window – Friday 11th May until Thursday 31st May 2018. 

Mentee selection announcement – Friday 1st June 2018. 

Mentoring period – Friday 1st June 2018 until Friday 31st August 2018. 

Agent showcase – Friday 7th September until Friday 14th September 2018.