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A Letter about the HWA Mentor Program

Starting out as a writer can be difficult. You may feel that you’re alone, that no one understands the issues you are going through, and that fulfilling your writing dreams are beyond you. However, none of this is true, and help is just around the corner. Enter the HWA Mentorship Program.

For new writers, the Program offers mentees a personal, one-on-one experience with a professional writer, tailor-made to help them grow in their writing and teach them how to better market their work. For experienced writers, the Program allows mentors a chance to pay forward the experience and encouragement other writers gave them when they were starting out. In addition, there is the added benefit of growing as a writer oneself through the act of teaching others. In short, the Program benefits all who participate, regardless of their roles.

Every year, the Program is divided into two four-month sessions: January through April, and June through September. The mentee is expected to have a polished piece of work (2-3 poems, completed short story, first pages of a novel or screenplay) to turn in to the mentor before the program starts. This gives the mentor ample time to critique the work, to determine areas where the mentee needs help, and to prepare a course of study that will best help the mentee.

To join the Program, either as a mentor or a mentee, you must be a member in good standing with the HWA. Anyone interested may e-mail me directly at brian@hwamentor.org. I will contact you with additional information. Also, feel free to e-mail me with any questions you may have.

Welcome to the Program! I look forward to working with you.

Brian J. Hatcher
Chair, HWA Mentorship Program

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