17 Dec 2010
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:
Applications incur a $20 application fee.
Deadline: 28 February 2011 (please note that the usual deadline has been brought forward to this date).