Our recently-revamped mentorship program for culturally diverse emerging writers is now in its second session!
Whereas our original program mentored one short story or up to five poems, the new program focuses on mentoring and developing full-length manuscripts, including novels, short story collections and poetry.
Our inaugural participants—writers Sheila Murray, Pratap Reddy, Adam Elliott Segal, Sanjay Talreja, Julia Zarankin, Marni Van Dyk, Becky Blake, and poets Anya Douglas and Yaya Yao—spent six months working intensively, one-on-one, with their mentors via correspondence. Their trusty mentors were Cynthia Holz, Shyam Selvadurai, Moez Surani and Olive Senior.
By the end of the session, each had completed one full new draft. This is no small feat!
The latest session has just started with a brand-new crop of emerging writers, including Manini Sheker, Joanne Vannicola, Mia Herrera, Derek Mascarenhas, and Deepa Shankaran. They are working with mentors Martin Mordecai, Cynthia Holz, and David Layton.
We’re pleased to have them join the program, and we can’t wait to see what great work they’re going to produce . . .
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