Mentee Application Form

Mentee applications for the Fall 2015 session of Writer to Writer will be welcomed July 10 through August 1, 2015.

We take your interest in connecting with a mentor seriously. Writer to Writer is open to all members, but we particularly encourage two underserved segments of our membership to apply—those writers who have never been associated with an MFA program and those writing from regions, backgrounds, and cultures that are typically underrepresented in the literary world. Writer to Writer is free of charge, and applicants can select whether or not to have their application considered for future sessions, should they not be matched for the round for which they applied. If chosen to participate, you will be paired with an established writer who will work with you over the course of three months and a lightly structured six-module series to inform you, listen to your concerns, and help you problem solve. Together, you will decide whether phone, email, or a mix of communication styles would be the best way to complete the modules. Mentors agree to be available for a minimum of two hours per month by phone. If email is preferred, please limit your questions to no more than six per month.

You and your mentor will make a commitment to the process—and to each other.

Mentee Information

  • Select the genre that best describes your work. If you work in multiple genres, select the genre in which you would like your mentor to have the most expertise:*
    Creative Nonfiction
  • Are you a member of AWP?* (Please note, only current members may apply.)
  • Should you not be matched with a mentor for the upcoming session, would you like to have your application automatically considered for the next round?*

* Required information


  1. What would you like to achieve as a writer? Include both short- and long-term goals.
  2. Tell us about your experiences as a writer, as well as where you are in the writing process.
  3. What types of guidance are you hoping to receive from your mentor (e.g.; journal submissions, writing a query letter, manuscript development)?
  4. Are you interested in receiving a mentor who is able to provide guidance from the perspective of a specific literary field (e.g.; travel writing, young adult fiction) or community (e.g.; LGBTQ writers, Chicano poets)?
  5. What have you already tried in terms of finding writing guidance? Have you ever had a mentor? Are you part of a writers' group?
  6. What would you like to gain from AWP’s Mentor Program? What can AWP do to help you reach these goals?

Thank you! Please click "Submit" below to send us your application. Should your application be selected for consideration, you will be contacted to provide a ten-page writing sample that this session's mentors will use to help make their final decisions. Please be prepared to send that sample quickly.

After clicking "Submit," you will receive an on-screen message that your application has been received. If you do not receive this on-screen message, please confirm that we received your application by emailing

Questions About Applying?

Diane Zinna
Director of Membership Services