Words Ireland – a collective of seven Irish literature organisations – is initiating a total of eleven literature mentoring relationships in 2017, six of which are offered in partnership with the Arts Offices of Leitrim, Limerick, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, and the Arts Office and Libraries of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.
Words Ireland are seeking expressions of interest from experienced and established writer-mentors working in the areas of adult fiction, children’s/YA fiction and/or poetry to undertake the mentoring of writers of promise who are working in the same forms.
Mentor opportunities are open to writers of any age, race, gender, sex, nationality who are resident in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. Mentors will be paid a fixed fee outlined below.
Applicant Mentors should have:
- three or more books published in any of the above mentioned genres.
- significant experience teaching or mentoring creative writing.
Applicant Mentors would ideally have:
- a qualification in creative writing and/or in teaching creative writing.
- an understanding of the literature / publishing sector.
- been mentored in the past themselves by an established writer.
Words Ireland will first create a panel of suitable mentors based on the above criteria. We will then select the eleven mentors on the basis of the mentors’ proximity to chosen mentees as well as the mentor’s suitability for the mentee’s outlined writing project.
Mentors who are successfully partnered with mentees will receive a €1,200 fee for four meetings, inclusive of reading and feedback to mentee between each meeting. An additional fee of up to €150 is available to mentors who are asked to contribute to the selection process, e.g. reading from a short-list of applicants. Expense of up to €150 may be claimed towards travel costs as necessary where the mentor is asked to travel a significant distance to meet the mentee.
The deadline for this was Monday 10 July 2017.