Mentorship Program 

Fall 2021 Registration is now open!

MENTEES: Apply here

MENTORS: Apply here

 
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 14

Annual Fall Mentorship Session*:

Dates: September 1 - November 30.

Applications will be open July 24 through August 14

Three Months, Three Chapters

Each level of mentorship varies in the depth of feedback provided on the materials a mentee submits or advice they need. Please note Option 1 and 2 mentors are only asked to read up to THREE (3) chapters (to a maximum of 7500 words) of a mentee's project, regardless of whether they have a complete manuscript. There is no editorial support for Option 3. Please read the options below and choose carefully which fits your needs and abilities. The best mentor-mentee relationships occur when each participant has similar expectations. Further, while WFWA will provide guidelines, each mentor-mentee relationship will be self-directed, self-monitored, and self-guided.

Levels of mentorship:

Option 1: Deep Dive

This option is for a mentee who has a complete and fully polished (edited, critiqued, and beta-read) manuscript. The mentee is ready for querying or self-publishing or may have started querying but needs help to get their query beyond the slush pile. This option is for a mentor who wants to deep dive into the first chapters of a manuscript and help make them shine. The purpose of this option is to help the mentee prepare for querying or self-publishing. It is not to help the mentee find an agent or publisher or to build a platform.

 

Option 2: Half-way There

This option is for a mentee who has at least 50% of the manuscript finished, has worked with peers/critique partners for at least 6 months, and is looking for guidance on elements of the craft to complete the manuscript. This option is for a mentor who wants to support the creative process and help a mentee toward the next step in their career.

 

Option 3: I Need A (Writing) Friend

This option is for a mentee who is seeking general writing support, and a mentor who wants to nurture a budding talent without the time commitment of editorial support. This could include brainstorming story ideas, sharing resources or tools that have worked for a mentor, ideas for working through writer’s block, etc.


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.