NZSA Mentor Programme
The NZ Society of Authors mentorship programme is for writers who want professional development, a safe space to discuss their work, intellectual community, role models, accountability and substantive feedback. It is designed to give beginning or emerging writers who demonstrate potential and commitment the opportunity to work closely with an experienced writer as their mentor in order to hone their writing skills and, in the process, take a piece of work from the early stages to a polished manuscript with potential for publication.
This programme is open to financial members of the NZSA. Mentors dedicate 25 hours of their time to a full mentorship and 12.5 hours to a half mentorship. Each mentorship spans a 7 – 8 month period which starts in April when the match is confirmed and ends in November of that year.
APPLICATIONS FOR THIS PROGRAMME ARE OPEN FROM 1 DECEMBER TO 1 FEB IN ANY GIVEN YEAR
To apply to be part of this programme you will need to fill out the online application form and mail printed copies of your application to NZSA office. Leave enough time for physical copies of your application to arrive at the NZSA PO Box!
Desired outcomes from the mentoring programme are that writers:
- utilise skills and awareness to self-critique their work;
- work through the various drafts on their own to produce publishable work;
- have confidence in their ability and worth as a writer;
- have learnt and gone some way towards perfecting the techniques of writing;
- have a project that is approaching a publishable quality;
- develop tools and techniques that will assist them throughout their writing career;
- gain a better understanding of the publishing industry;
- achieve stated goals more easily.
Since its inception, the programme has had many successes. Mentored projects including poetry collections, novels, and work for children have been accepted for publication and many graduates have gone on to develop successful careers in published writing.
The programme is designed to help new and emerging writers to develop skills which will sustain them throughout their future career. Working on a specific project, successful applicants will get an opportunity to discuss ideas and problems, practical and editorial, and benefit from the experience and knowledge of published writers.
Mentors give 25 hours for full mentorships and 12.5 hours for half mentorships up until mid-November. Some of these hours are for the mentor to read and write critiques and the rest is for communication with the mentee to discuss ideas and problems, provide practical and editorial advice and share the benefit of their experience as published writers. We have compiled a register of mentors which includes some of New Zealand’s most experienced writers, editors and creative writing tutors. We are also open to contacting a writer who is not on our register to see if they are willing and have the time to take on a mentorship.
Mentoring can take place either face-to-face, by telephone, skype, email or a combination of these. Each mentee makes a plan with their mentor about the best way to communicate during the mentorship.
Applications are assessed by a selection committee of three experienced writers.