Mentorship Program 

Registration for the 2020 Fall Mentorship Program is now closed.

The Women’s Fiction Writers Association includes writers in every stage of the experience--from those writing their first pages to those with dozens of published books. Because every step of the journey is easier with support, the WFWA has a semi-annual  Mentorship Program.

For Mentors, the WFWA mentorship is the perfect opportunity to give back and help writers at the earlier stages in their careers. 

For Mentees, the WFWA mentorship is an opportunity to work with a fellow women’s fiction author as they move through the process of drafting, refining, and querying.

We will pair published or agented authors with writers who are working toward publication. Please note that anyone who works as a developmental editor and/or book coach, regardless of whether or not they are published or agented, can also be a mentor.

Mentoring is personal and focused, and works best when there is a good fit between the mentor and mentee. To that end, we have developed short questionnaires for both potential mentors and mentees.

All members who wish to participate should apply, including those who applied in the past and were not paired with a mentor.

Annual Spring Mentorship Session*:

Dates: March 1 - May 30.

Applications will be open January 24 (12pm ET / 9am PT) until February 14 (9pm ET / 6pm PT).

Annual Fall Mentorship Session*:

Dates: September 1 - November 30.

Applications will be open July 24 (12pm ET / 9am PT) until August 14 (9pm ET / 6pm PT).

Three Months, Three Chapters

Each level of mentorship varies in the depth of feedback provided on materials a mentee wishes to polish. Please note mentors are only asked to read THREE (3) chapters of a mentee's project, regardless of whether they have a complete manuscript. 

Levels of mentorship:

Option 1: Deep Dive

This option is for a mentee who has a complete and polished manuscript who is ready for querying or self-publishing, or who may have started querying but needs help to get beyond the slush pile, and for a mentor who wants to deep dive into the first chapters of a manuscript and help make them shine.

Option 2: Half-way There

This is for a mentee who has at least 50% of the manuscript finished, has worked with peers/critique partners for at least 6 months, and is looking for guidance from someone further along in the publishing journey, and for a mentor who wants to support the creative process and introduce their mentee to the business side.

Option 3: I Need A (Writing) Friend

This option is for a mentee who is seeking general support, and a mentor who wants to nurture a budding talent without the time commitment of editorial support.

Mentoring benefits everyone--mentees, mentors, and organizations.

  • Mentees learn from those who have travelled the path before them.

  • Mentors have the chance to hone their leadership skills, and the satisfaction of working with and helping another writer.

  • Organizations become stronger and more diverse, as their members share their expertise. Mentoring also helps the community by encouraging an environment where people motivate one another and work together to improve skills and knowledge.

Please keep in mind that this program is entirely dependent on volunteer organizers, coordinators, and mentors. We cannot guarantee that every mentee hopeful will be matched with a mentor. Further, while WFWA will provide guidelines, each mentor-mentee relationship will be self-directed, self-monitored, and self-guided. 

*NOTE: Applicants' membership period must be valid through the entire mentoring session in order to participate. If their membership will expire during the session, they must renew their membership when the renewal period opens or they will be removed from the program.