A Letter from the Chair of the HWA Mentor Program
One of the many benefits of being an HWA member is our Mentor Program. The program is offered to all members, but especially to new and aspiring writers, who are afforded the opportunity to be matched up with seasoned professionals, experienced and knowledgeable writers, including Active members who know just what it takes to create and tell a story, and all that follows soon after. Whether it’s creating short fiction, long fiction, or novel length works, or perhaps coaching the new writer on how to draft up a query letter or search for the right agent, or proper etiquette when submitting your finished work to a publisher, having someone who’s “been there, done it,” only helps to improve the skills you need in this ever changing industry. This is what the Mentor Program is designed to do for those who are ready and willing to learn.
Since I took over last year, we have worked hard to match the mentee and their writing needs and goals with a mentor who has already attained most of those needs and goals. Not all matches are perfect, but we continue to work with the mentee to improve their craft; and at times it may even be necessary to do a new search to find a better suited match. We at the Program are flexible, and we do take our time to find the best suitable match for both parties.
If you’re interested in joining the Mentor Program, there are only a few prerequisites you need to follow. First, you have to be a paid-up member, second you need to contact me, and in your email you will need to provide your membership status, a statement of what you’ve done as a writer, including any published works you’ve attained and, most important, what you are looking for in a mentor. What do you want to see come from your time spent under the wings of someone who knows what it takes to make your writing sell?
As the Chairperson for the Mentor Program, I look forward to working with any writer who wants to experience the benefits and rewards our program offers. Please understand however, there is a high demand for this program and at times most of our mentors are busy working with our mentees, so there will be periods where you may need to be placed on a waiting list for the next available mentor, one who may fit the description of who you’re looking for. We are always open and searching for new mentors to volunteer, and I do reach out to those who’ve been mentored for a length of time to see if the mentor is ready to let the mentee go and spread his or her wings out in the publishing world, allowing the mentor to take on a new mentee, if he or she so desires.
I welcome you to the Mentor Program. If you have any questions or are ready to sign up, please get in contact with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you, and keep creating.
Charles Day M.P.A., B.A,
HWA Mentor Program Chairperson