S184. Finding and Keeping a Solid Mentorship: A Guide for the Writing Odyssey

Room 007B, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Saturday, March 7, 2020
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


While Emily Dickinson made poetry in near isolation, most writers find that mentorship is a necessary part of the creative process. But how do emerging writers find mentors, much less develop and sustain such relationships? Academic programs offer mentorship opportunities that can last a lifetime, and AWP has its Writer to Writer mentorship program. This panel of former AWP Writer to Writer mentees discuss the ins and outs of finding mentors and nurturing mentoring partnerships.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Odyssey_Upload_Aug_29.pdf



Laura Laing is a queer journalist, essayist, and author. A graduate of Goucher's MFA in creative nonfiction, she is the vice president of ASJA. Her essays have appeared in a number of literary journals, and she is working on a memoir, weaving narrative with explorations of abstract mathematics.

Naomi Ulsted writes young adult fiction, memoir, and screenplays. Her work has been published in multiple venues. She's currently at work on a young adult novel. She was the winner of a 2017 Literary Fellowship from Oregon Literary Arts in the drama category.

Preeti Parikh is a poet, essayist, and current MFA candidate at the Rainier Writing Workshop where she is also a recipient of the Bierds-Smith Graduate Scholarship. Her poems have been published in various journals and anthologies. Preeti's earlier academic training was in the field of medicine.

Manisha Sharma is a multigenre writer who collaborates across different disciplines such as music, design, computers, and virtual reality. Be it a poem, short story, a play, or a sound-art or VR installation, her work explores feminist and social issues. Sharma is also a yoga, mindfulness expert.

Sarah Dalton is a Panamanian American writer and teacher from the San Francisco East Bay. She is a member of the Macondo Writers’ Workshop community and has been a writer-resident at Hypatia-in-the-Woods. She is an MFA student at San José State University.


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