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Applications Open for Middle Way Mentoring Project

A new mentoring scheme for Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic writers across Leicestershire, is now open for applications.

The Middle Way Mentoring project is a two year professional development scheme, funded by Arts Council England, and led by Leicester writer Farhana Shaikh.

Picture: Previous cohort of Middle Way mentees

Successful applicants will have an opportunity to develop their writing, receive critical feedback from a writing mentor, and learn more about the publishing industry.

“Feedback for new and emerging writers can be critical to help steer them in the right direction,” explained Farhana, who heads up Midlands-based indie press, Dahlia Publishing.

“The Middle Way Mentoring project promises to work with early-career writers to help them develop their writing under the guidance of established writers who know how to navigate murky waters.”

14 spaces are available on the programme, where writers will receive mentoring for a period of twelve months from an experienced writer, and participate in a series of masterclasses designed to develop the craft of writing.

During year two, writers will begin to focus on completing a portfolio of new writing to send out to prizes, literary journals and to put forward for the scheme’s anthology. Writers will also participate in a series of workshops and talks delivered by industry experts, receive bespoke career coaching and showcase their writing at a number of festivals.

The Middle Way Mentoring project will culminate in a writing conference to be held at Curve Leicester in April 2025.

To apply, visit: before March 27. 

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