Professional mentorships are offered to our members.
Members mentoring scholarships
Byron Writers Festival invites its members to apply for free-of-charge mentoring through the Members Mentoring Scholarships Program. These opportunities are for early stage writers working on a manuscript, who are seeking an initial appraisal of their work from an industry professional. There are three firsthand feedback sessions and one block mentorship on offer (details of these programs are available below). Successful applicants are awarded the mentorships based on a small sample of their work.
Applications open: Monday 21 October
Applications close: Monday 18 November.
Successful applicants will be notified by COB Monday 2 December and mentorships may take place in late 2019 or early 2020.
The Mentoring Scholarships Program is proudly supported by Enova Energy, Australia’s first community-owned electricity provider.
Byron Writers Festival year-round mentorships are paid services available to members throughout the year who are seeking a professional mentor to assist with the development of their work.
We have compiled a list of locally-based writers of various genres and categories, (both fiction and non-fiction), as well as professional editors, who are willing to act as mentor to a developing or emerging writer.
Mentorships provide emerging writers with a chance to develop their writing and they also provide employment opportunities for writing professionals living in and beyond the area. The mentorship program is therefore designed as a fee-for-service scheme and is available only to members.
There are two programs available through the paid mentorship scheme, Firsthand Feedback sessions and Block Mentorships. Details for each program, including eligibility and costs are given below.
A valuable and affordable first step for writers who would like an initial appraisal of their manuscript and up-front advice regarding its development.
Is it for me?
Suitable for writers who are at the crossroads and who are seeking:
face-to-face discussion and advice
inspiration and direction
to know whether they are on track with their writing goal
to know whether their idea has publishing possibilities, and/or
to know where to go from here and what to do next.
The cost of the 2-hour Firsthand Feedback is $175 and the session will be conducted by someone from our stable of professional mentors. Based on a small sample of your work, the session will include the mentor’s reading and preparation time and AT LEAST one hour of face-to-face, telephone or skype consultation.
A Firsthand Feedback mentorship may be a timely reality check that fulfils your present writing needs. Or it may be an opportunity to gauge whether you are ready to apply for the Residential Mentorship.
An opportunity for emerging writers to work closely and in-depth with a professional mentor, to develop their work and improve their publishing opportunities. Block mentorships, as distinct from manuscript assessment or editing services, provide a two-way relationship where writers are able to be nurtured and to ask questions, seek feedback, gain industry-related advice and work closely with their mentor via email, phone or personal meetings.
Is it for me?
A Block mentorship would be most beneficial to writers who:
have a well developed manuscript and would like feedback from a professional who is working in their area of interest
have a long term commitment to writing and the development of their craft and are ready to take advice and make changes to their work
have already developed their work through writers’ groups, or by attending workshops or classes on writing
have specific areas of their work that they want to address such as character development, structure, plot, writing for publication etc.
have done their research into the genre in which they are writing and are having difficulty bringing their work to the word lengths or standards required for that genre, or
have published already and are working on a project in a new genre.
Block mentorships are available in blocks of 5, 10 or 15 hours. This includes reading time, email correspondence and face-to-face time. Mentorship charges are as follows: