Our mentors collectively agreed that choosing was even harder this year – more applicants (384) and a wider range of books.
We also introduced Picture Books and Chapters Books for the first time in 2019. And what an amazing addition they’ve been. Mentors in those categories were overwhelmed with applications.
We have 45 mentors, with most choosing to work with 1 mentee, but of course, several mentors insisted they MUST be allowed to work with more than 1 of you. They felt compelled to take on stories they just couldn’t let go.
I have allowed this…BUT if you are being mentored by someone with more than one mentee, it’s important to appreciate this. They’ve added a huge amount of extra work onto their already full plates for this summer, just for you, just to help. I am certain everyone of you will appreciate the opportunity but I thought it worth reminding.
For the applicants
If selected, your mentor will be in touch, via email, soon. But DO NOT email them – please respect that they may be at work/busy/asleep tonight and the biggest attribute in this industry is patience. Please show this.
Instead, go celebrate, go write, go for a lie down!
If you are not successful this time, please don’t be too disappointed.
Show your professionalism (you all want to be pro’s right? That’s why you’re here?) by supporting those who have been selected.
Go say well done.
Thank the mentors who considers your application for their time.
Think of the things you’ve gained: a bunch of new writing friends, possibly a CP, new knowledge and the hallowed Craft Guide for 2018 and 2019!
For the LEGENDS! (mentors)
I’d like to say at this point, just how much I appreciate, admire and love all of our mentors. As I always say, it is them who make this programme possible and it is them who make the difference in this world – the altruistic people who hold out a helping hand to those one step behind them on the road.
It is easy to advance, and not look back, to forget where you came from. But our mentors are giving up their time (lots of it) and efforts for nothing. They are all Jedi Knight’s of the highest order.
Their efforts are always appreciated by me, and I hope by all of you.
So, to the main event…
The moment you’ve all been waiting for…
Here it is, the 2019 #WriteMentor Pairings!
The Cat Who Was a Canine
Shereen T Sepitko
I Am Not a Thief
A TOWN LIKE NO OTHER
PAWS OFF OUR LIBRARY
FIRST ANNUAL PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY INVITATIONAL
THE WOLF AND THE WHALE
Lyrical, Natural World
Carolyn Ward and Emma Finlayson-Palmer
SCRUFFBALL AND GRUMPY FACE
HESTER FIESTA PARTY PLANNER EXTRAORDINAIRE (AND MEENA, THAT’S ME)