Words Ireland – a collective of seven Irish literature organisations – is initiating a total of eleven literature mentoring relationships in 2017.
Words Ireland is seeking writers of adult fiction, YA fiction, children’s fiction and poetry to apply for mentoring support under its National Mentoring Programme.
Five mentee opportunities are open to writers resident in any county in Ireland, north or south of the border.
A further six mentorships are offered in partnership with the Arts Offices of Leitrim, Limerick, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, and the Arts Office and Libraries of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. These county-specific opportunities will guarantee at least one mentee opportunity to an emerging writer who was born, or is resident for the last two consecutive years, in any of these local authority areas.
Writers from all counties are encouraged to apply. Mentee opportunities are open to writers of any age, race, gender, sex, nationality who are resident in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. Mentees will avail of the relationship for free. There is no fee for application.
This opportunities is equally open to:
- Emerging writers of promise who can demonstrate a strong commitment, experience, and some recognition from the literature sector (e.g. journal publications or previous supports) in their writing CV.
- More advanced writers who have published up to two books and who feel they could benefit from further mentoring.
Mentoring consists of four meetings with an experienced writer living in or near your county over a period of up to eight months. The mentor will read your work in advance of each meeting, and feedback and advise at each meeting. They may also provide information and advice on professional and publishing matters.
Applicants are asked to submit the following information through Submittable:
- A statement of intent about your proposed writing project.
- A statement outlining the reasons why you feel you could benefit from a mentor.
- A writing CV listing any previous publications, writing experience, creative writing classes or mentoring.
- 3,000–5,000 words of fiction or YA OR 6 poems/240 lines of poetry OR writers for young children can submit a lower word count that is appropriate to their writing project. We are not currently offering mentoring in any other forms.
Only one submission per applicant is allowed. Applications for mentees will only be accepted through Submittable. All applications – both those for the five all-county opportunities and the six county-specific opportunities – should be made through this single application process by Monday 10 July 2017.
The deadline has now passed.