he Writing East Midlands Mentoring Scheme

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A well-matched mentoring relationship can give momentum to writers, helping to develop their craft and their awareness of the market they wish to enter. 


Our mentoring scheme will offer support and advice to 3 writers each year that, in our view, are able to demonstrate great promise and commitment.


The scheme matches the selected writers to sympathetic, established, professional writers. These relationships will be for an agreed periods of time, between 6 – 12 months, and will focus on developing the work of writers who have reached a critical point, enabling them to step beyond the private process of writing and onto new levels. Ultimately, the scheme aims to help writers to develop their work to a publishable standard.

The Mentoring Scheme is free for writers, and gifts successful mentees with up to £2,000 worth of support to their writing goals.


The Writing East Midlands Mentoring Scheme is very popular and attracts an increasingly high number of submissions each year. 


Unfortunately we don’t have the resources to offer individual feedback on submissions. However, in light of the growing popularity of the scheme, we’re pleased to offer a limited number of short critiques from one of our Writing School East Midlands tutors to applicants who show particular promise and talent, but who have not been shortlisted for the mentoring scheme at this time.  

New for 2022: At least one of our 3 mentees appointed will identify as being from a diverse background, therefore we will particularly welcome applicants who come from an under-represented background or community, declared in their own words. 


For more information on this aspect of the programme, please read the how to apply section, further down this page.

“My mentoring sessions with Nicola Monaghan have had an immense impact upon my writing life. She supported and challenged me during the completion of a first novel, initial approaches to agents, and during the beginning of subsequent work. It is the second novel, completed after mentoring sessions, that has secured me agent representation, and I credit the WEM Mentoring Scheme with helping me achieve this milestone far sooner than I would have otherwise.”


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