Mentor Programs

© Eunji Jung

One of best ways to learn your craft and the business of children's writing is to get a mentor. You can network and find mentors individually, or apply to organized programs. Here are several highly recommended mentorship programs:

Picture Books

Writing with the Stars

  • What: 3-month mentorship for picture book writers and illustrators with published PB authors/illustrators
  • Who is eligible: un-agented and unpublished PB writers & illustrators
  • When to apply: check on Dec. 1, 2018 for details for 2019 program

Middle Grade/YA

Author Mentor Match

  • What: a mentorship to revise a completed MG or YA manuscript with agented/published MG/YA authors
  • Who is eligible: un-agented & unpublished MG/YA writers
  • When to apply: AMM Round 5 opens for application on Oct. 15-21, 2018
Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program

  • What: a six-month mentorship for advanced MG & YA writers with two in-person conferences
  • Who is eligible: SCBWI members
  • When to apply: Sept. 1- Dec. 15, 2018

Pitch Wars

  • What: apply for a mentorship to polish your completed, full-length MG, YA, NA, or adult manuscript with a published author to prepare for an agent showcase
  • Who is eligible: un-agented & unpublished writers
  • When to apply: Aug. 27-29, 2018
  • What: matches emerging writers and published authors for a three-month series of modules on topics such as craft, revision, publishing, and the writing life
  • Who is eligible: members of AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs)
  • When to apply: open twice a year, in August & February
  • What: a three-month mentorship for pre-agented writers to work with published or agented authors with agent showcase
  • Who is eligible: pre-agented MG/YA writers
  • When to apply: mentorships just closed Aug. 2018. Subscribe to blog for future notices.

All Levels PB-YA

  • What: a variety of mentorship programs for children's authors and illustrators
  • Who is eligible: SCBWI members
  • When to apply: check individual listings
  • What: apply for one of 11 mentorships with award-winning book creators (3 PB, 3 MG, 3 YA, 1 MG/YA NF, 1 illustrator)
  • Who is eligible: any diverse writer/illustrator with a complete manuscript with diverse main character or subject matter
  • When to apply: Oct 1-31, 2018
  • What: a year-long customized course for PB, MG, YA writers. Includes one-on-one mentorship and two in person conferences
  • When to apply: by Nov. 15, 2018

Be Your Own Mentor (a website providing resources on revising, industry, craft)

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