2011 Mentor Programme: The New Zealand Society of Authors

17 Dec 2010

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Helping new writers develop their skills

The programme is designed tohelp new and emerging writersdevelop skills that will sustain them throughout their future writing careers.

Working on a specific project, successful applicants will getan opportunity to discuss ideas and problems, practical and editorial advice, and benefit from the experience of published writers.

One-on-one tuition with a mentor

There are 15 full mentorships available. These are for a maximum of 20 hours one-on-one tuition withone of New Zealand’s most experienced authors, editors or creative writing tutors. Applicants also have the option of suggesting a mentor of their choice.The estimated value of each mentorship is $1,100.

There are also two half-mentorships of 10 hours each available, whichare available for work – such as picture book texts or poetry – that is deemed not to require a full mentorship.

Mentorships will run until December 2011.

Eligibility criteria for applying

Applicants are expected to have some publishing record – a few stories, or non-fiction articles, for instance – or to have attended creative writing courses, so they are aware of the basics of writing. They should also have a substantial work-in-progress in any literary genre.

How to apply

For information and an application form:

email office@nzauthors.org.nz

visit www.authors.org.nz

Applications incur a $20 application fee.

Deadline: 28 February 2011 (please note that the usual deadline has been brought forward to this date).