Wednesday, 21 May 2014

The WoMentoring Project

I don't know about you but when it comes to confidence I'm not exactly brimming so I was as surprised as anyone when I decided to put myself out there, warts and all, and apply for mentoring through the recently launched WoMentoring Project.

The project is run on a voluntary basis and offers as yet unpublished hopefuls, such as myself, the chance to secure mentoring from a published author, agent, poet or editor who has been there, done that, been awarded the t-shirt and is prepared to share their accumulated wisdom and experiences.

The application process is simplicity itself; a 1000 word writing sample and a personal statement to explain why you are applying and what you hope to gain from the experience. I spent a nerve-wracking afternoon typing and retyping what I hoped would be a winning application that would tempt the very lovely Rosie Blake, author of How To Get A (Love) Life to consider mentoring me and not thinking I was a complete loon...

Well, I'm thrilled to announce that my leap of faith worked and Rosie has very kindly offered to part-mentor me and another successful candidate along with her 'first choice mentee'. Exactly how the process will pan out depends on Rosie's other commitments and burgeoning deadlines but I am flattered, delighted and a little overwhelmed to have read her words of encouragement and enthusiasm for my application and I can't wait to join forces with her and really make 2014 my year to shine!


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