AWP's mentorship program, Writer
to Writer, matches emerging writers and published authors for a three-month
series of modules on topics such as craft, revision, publishing, and the
writing life. Mentors volunteer their time and receive a free one-year AWP
membership. Writer to Writer is free of charge to mentees.
Our program is open to all AWP members. We receive hundreds of wonderful applications each session, and we are usually able to match 15-25 pairs. We choose mentors after considering the specific needs present in the mentee applications that session. When reviewing mentor applications, we are also looking for responses
that demonstrate an understanding of the special nature of a good mentor-mentee
relationship, and that the applicant shows a willingness to be supportive,
responsive, and receptive to learning from the experience. Most mentors say that they want to serve in this
program because they had a mentor who helped them, and now they long to give
back. Others say that they long to be the mentor they wish they'd had.
Should you be chosen to
participate, you will be given several applications to review and select your own mentee. Mentors tend to choose mentees based on shared goals and interests, and whether they feel they can help that person at the stage they are in now. Our mentees come from all backgrounds and levels of experience, and we particularly encourage applications from those who have never been affiliated with an MFA program, and those writing from backgrounds, regions, and perspectives often underrepresented in the literary world. You will have opportunities to interact with the other mentors taking part in that session, and AWP's membership team will be
there with you, every step of the way.
Our Spring 2018 session
begins mid-February and will consist of six lightly structured modules over
a three-month period, concluding mid-December. You and your partner will make a
commitment to the process—and to each other. Together, you
will decide whether phone, Skype, email, or a mix of communication styles
would be the best way to complete the modules. Mentors agree to be available
for a minimum of two hours per month by phone; you will be asked to respond to emails from your partner within two days. You
need not strictly follow the program modules, but we ask that you and your
mentor mutually agree before departing from them.
There is no charge to apply. Mentor
applications can be submitted year-round.
The more detailed you are in your responses to the questionnaire that follows, the easier it will be for us to find great potential matches for you.
Thank you for wishing to serve as a Writer to Writer mentor!