It’s hard trying to be a writer. There’s a lot of scribbling into a void, hoping that someone, somewhere will one day want to read it. It’s difficult to know when you should give up and when to power through. And, the publishing world is a tough industry to navigate.
Kerry Hudson (Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma) knows this. To try and combat these issues and address the gender imbalance inherent in the literary world, she set up the WoMentoring Project.
Want to know more? Read on:
The WoMentoring Project exists to offer free mentoring by professional literary women to up and coming female writers who would otherwise find it difficult to access similar opportunities.
The mission of The WoMentoring Project is simply to introduce successful literary women to other women writers at the beginning of their careers who would benefit from some insight, knowledge and support. The hope is that we’ll see new, talented and diverse female voices emerging as a result of time and guidance received from our mentors.
The WoMentoring Project is managed by novelist Kerry Hudson and all of our mentors are all professional writers, editors or literary agents. Many of us received unofficial or official mentoring ourselves which helped us get ahead and the emphasis is on ‘paying forward’ some of the support we’ve been given.
In an industry where male writers are still reviewed and paid more than their female counterparts in the UK, we wanted to balance the playing field. Likewise, we want to give female voices that would otherwise find it hard to be heard, a greater opportunity of reaching their true potential.
Sound good? Here’s some details on how to apply:
Applicant mentees will submit a 1000 word writing sample and a 500 word statement about why they would benefit from free mentoring. All applications will be in application to a specific mentor and mentees can only apply for one mentor at a time.
Find out more by visit the WoMentoring Project or check them out @WoMentoringP.
Illustration by Sally Jane Thompson