The 2021 AHWA Mentorship Program submission window opened Friday, 16th of July, and will remain open for two weeks, until midnight on Friday 31 July.
Application forms will be available on the AHWA website, where you can also check out this year’s mentors in prose, poetry and screenwriting: Shayne Armstrong, Eugen M. Bacon, Silvia Cantón Rodoni, Geneve Flynn, Paul Mannering, Dan Rabarts, Deborah Sheldon, and Kaaron Warren.
The program provides the opportunity to work closely with our highly qualified mentors on an approved project. Successful applicants will be matched for a three- month period of one-on-one development and guidance to develop and progress their accepted work. Applicants must be an existing AHWA Member or become one on our Membership page before applying for the program.
The AHWA Mentor Programme offers AHWA members the opportunity to learn more about their craft and improve their skills by working one-on-one with a mentor for a set period. The things a mentee can learn in a mentorship can range from pitching a story idea, drafting a novel or publishing an e-book, depending on the available mentors in the program. Mentoring is a two-way learning experience, benefitting both parties in a variety of ways. The benefits can be personal: for the mentor, the ability to pay it forward, or for the mentee, a bolstering of confidence, or getting a piece of work to a higher standard. There are many benefits, and each mentorship will experience different things.
The greatest gifts an experienced industry professional can give (as a mentor) is their time and expertise – to share the things they have learned. A mentee will get the most benefit from the program by carefully considering feedback, communicating in a timely fashion, completing any exercises set, and respecting the Mentor’s time by not making excessive demands. The more a mentee puts into their mentorship, the more they will learn. Details of the mentors and the mentorships available are listed at the end of this document.
For more information, visit the AHWA website.