Professional mentorships are offered to our members.
Year-round mentorship program
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.
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 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.
Mentorships are available in blocks of 2, 5, 10 or 15 hours. This includes reading time, email correspondence and face-to-face time. Mentorship charges and approximate reading guidelines are as follows: