Mentorship Program 

The Fall 2022 Mentorship session is postponed while we make improvements to help this program reach more members. Stay tuned for information on upcoming mentor training and timing for the next session.

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The Women’s Fiction Writers Association includes writers at every stage of the experience—from those writing their first pages to those with dozens of published books. Because every step of the journey is easier with support, the WFWA has a semi-annual Mentorship Program.

For Mentors, the WFWA mentorship is the perfect opportunity to give back and help writers at earlier stages in their careers.

For Mentees, the WFWA mentorship is an opportunity to work with a fellow women’s fiction author as they move through the process of revising, refining, and querying.

We will pair published (large press, small press, and independent) or agented authors with writers who are working toward publication. Please note that anyone who works as a developmental editor and/or book coach, regardless of whether or not they are published or agented, can also be a mentor.

Mentoring is personal and focused on the craft of writing. Matches work best when there is a good fit between the mentor and mentee. To that end, we have developed short questionnaires for both potential mentors and mentees. Please answer the questions thoughtfully and completely.

Annual Spring Mentorship Session*:

Dates: March 1 - May 30.

Applications will be open January 24 through February 7

Annual Fall Mentorship Session*:

The Fall 2022 Mentorship session is postponed while we make improvements to help this program reach more members. Stay tuned for information on upcoming mentor training and timing for the next session.

Mentoring benefits everyone--mentees, mentors, and organizations.

  • Mentees learn from those who have travelled the path before them.

  • Mentors have the chance to hone their leadership skills, and gain the satisfaction of working with and helping another writer.

  • Organizations become stronger and more diverse as their members share their expertise. Mentoring also helps the community by encouraging an environment where people motivate one another and work together to improve skills and knowledge. 

Please keep in mind that this program is entirely dependent on volunteer organizers, coordinators, and mentors. We cannot guarantee that every mentee hopeful will be matched with a mentor. Mentorship applicants who applied in the past but were not paired with a mentor MUST fill out a new application in order to be considered for a new mentorship session.

*NOTE: Applicants' membership must be valid through the entire mentoring session in order to participate. If their membership will expire during the session, they must renew their membership when the renewal period opens or they will be removed from the program. Additionally, members who have previously been mentored should not apply as mentees.