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AWP’s Writer to Writer Mentorship Program (Deadline: August 15)

AWP’s Writer to Writer Mentorship Program matches emerging writers with published authors who volunteer their time for a three-month series of modules on topics such as craft, revision, publishing, and the writing life. Potential Writer to Writer mentees must be AWP members, but it is free to apply to and participate in the program. You can check your membership status by logging in at awpwriter.org and selecting “My AWP Account” at the top of the page. Please note: if you are not an AWP member, your application will not be considered.

Please fill out the submission form and attach your 10-page writing sample.

Applications for Season 19 of Writer to Writer are open July 15­–August 15, 2023 

The Writer to Writer Mentorship Program is open to all AWP members, but we particularly encourage applications from those writers who have never been associated with an MFA program and those writing from regions, backgrounds, and cultures that are too often underrepresented in the literary world. 

Our mentees come from all backgrounds and levels of experience. If you feel that you can benefit from a mentor’s guidance at the current stage in your writing, then you are welcome to apply! After the AWP membership team reviews all mentee applications, we send a selection of potential matches to our mentors, who ultimately choose their own mentee. They tend to choose mentees based on shared goals and interests, and whether they feel they can help that person at the stage they are in now. To ensure that we make the best possible matches this season, we ask that you be open and honest about your goals, your background, and where you are now with your writing.

Should you be chosen to participate, your mentor will review your writing, listen to your concerns, and help you work towards your writing goals. You will have opportunities to interact with the others taking part in that session. AWP’s membership team will also be there to support you, every step of the way.

Season 19 begins on September 18 and will consist of six lightly structured modules over a twelve-week period, concluding on December 8. You and your mentor will make a commitment to the process—and to each other.

Make a connection that can last a lifetime. Applications are welcome July 15–August 15.


About the Organization

AWP provides support, advocacy, resources, and community to writers, college and university creative writing programs, and writers’ conferences and centers. Our mission is to amplify the voices of writers and the academic programs and organizations that serve them while championing diversity and excellence in creative writing.