I don’t know about you, but I tend to be much more productive if I’ve got someone to disappoint. I still miss university for that reason, I need someone who cares (even if it’s only because it’s their job), someone to please, in order to do my best work. And having someone to hand who knows writing, and is passionate about it, I find incredibly useful and inspiring. Just talking to my dissertation supervisor fired me up. So I find the idea of a mentor more than a little appealing.
Writers in Dumfries and Galloway now have the chance to apply to Wigtown Festival Company’s 2019-20 Mentoring Scheme. And to give you a taste of it, here are some quotes from past recipients:
I was 17 when I took part in the mentoring scheme. I think the scheme is useful for young writers because it gives them a friendly and encouraging adult writer to talk with and to be supported by. The scheme banishes the worry that as a writer you’ll always be working alone.Clara Dunn
[My mentor] was incredibly helpful where consistency of voice was concerned – I think she got what I was trying to do straight away, and she flagged up a few spots where it lost its way. She also has a dedication and work ethic which I would really like to emulate, but I’m a long way off yet!Alan McClure
And if they haven’t whetted your appetite for a mentor, what about this?
It was [ ] my mentor award from Wigtown Festival Company that helped me get a paid artist opportunity with the National Theatre of Scotland’s One Day to Play project at The Stove in Dumfries.Caroline Yates
Anyone over fourteen who lives in Dumfries and Galloway can apply, so why not give it a go?There’s more about it on the Opportunities for Writers page, which also has a link to the application process.
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