A Letter from the Chair of 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
firstname.lastname@example.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