The WoMentoring Project

Are you a woman and an aspiring author? Are you looking for feedback for your short stories or the novel that you’re writing this NaNoWriMo, but don’t know who to approach? Are you putting off taking that creative writing course because it’s too expensive?

If all or any of these are true, here is simple, yet elegant solution for you: The WoMentoring Project.

This project offers free mentoring by professional literary women to talented up and coming female writers who would otherwise find it difficult to access similar opportunities.

Courtesy: The WoMentoring Project website.

To know more about the WoMentoring Project, visit this page. To know how to apply to this project, go here.

I applied for the WoMentoring Project in the end of July. I chose Alex Bruty as my mentor, because I was looking for someone to critique my short stories and loved what she said about herself in the bio. I sent the WoMentoring team a sample of my writing and a 500 word statement saying why I wanted to be a part of this project.

Alex got in touch with me on 29th August with a wonderful email: I had been accepted for the WoMentoring Project! My joy knew no bounds. I had always wanted to take a creative writing course. But being in India, creative writing opportunities are few and far between. Writing groups are not so common. Writing is essentially a very lonely process here.

Having Alex as a mentor meant having someone understanding and patient who gives you your own time to write. Her critiques are insightful, direct and encouraging. She never forgets to tell you the things that you are doing well. At the same time, she points out the flaws gently. I have been lucky to have a mentor like her.

Watch out for Alex’s interview next Wednesday on Scribbles@Arpita, where she talks about the WoMentoring Project and how she came to be a part of it. She will also share with us writing tips and exercises that have helped her most as an author. Stay tuned, folks!

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About Arpita

Arpita Pramanick is a little, young woman with a bright face (who'd rather not look directly into a stranger's eye) you'll find walking on the corridors of Mu Sigma, Inc. She tells herself she wants to be a properly published writer (by which she means she wants to be published from the likes of Penguin), but isn't really so sincere about writing everyday. So if you see her, tell her to go write. She'll love you for doing that!
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14 Responses to The WoMentoring Project

  1. belinda o says:

    I’m so glad you have a mentor for your writing. You clearly have talent and dedication, and that additional piece of support & guidance no doubt is so helpful. The guest post you wrote for me got so much positive, emotional response. I look forward to reading your stories in the future!

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  2. Congratulations, Arpita on being selected for the project. It’s wonderful to hear that you have a mentor now. Good luck with your work.

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  3. Pingback: An Interview with Alex Bruty – Mentor at WoMentoring Project | Scribbles@Arpita

  4. Anand says:

    All these NaNoWriMo posts make me feel terrible. I missed the chance this year, next year I wont. So any MeMentoring projects there too?

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    • Arpita says:

      Hey there! This is not exactly a WoMentoring Project. And don’t be so hard on yourself. The skill that you have is a unique and wonderful one. I don’t know many people who can make humour out of simple things as well as make awesome caricatures. But we can try some MeMentoring project ourselves, can’t we?

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  5. Anand says:

    Oh…forgot to say that I am glad you found the project and a fab mentor. (wallowing in self-pity has consequences.)

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  6. anankhan98 says:

    Hey, Arpi. I’ve been meaning to ask. How do you get about setting up an interview?

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