Mentor Application Form

Mentor applications for the Fall 2015 session of Writer to Writer are welcome now.

Serve as a Mentor for New Writers

Thank you for your interest in volunteering as an AWP mentor! We require that each mentor be an AWP member in good standing and have at least one published work. No formal teaching experience is required, but we do take into consideration an applicant's prior experiences as a mentor, teacher, or participant in writing groups and workshops.

If chosen as a mentor, you will choose between two to three applicants, and you will make a three-month commitment to your mentee. Together, you will determine whether phone, email, or a mix of communication styles would be the best way to complete the modules. We ask that mentors agree to be available for a minimum of two hours per month by phone. If email is preferred, you should expect no more than six per month, unless you make it clear that you are willing to do more.

When reviewing applications, we look for responses that demonstrate an understanding of the special nature of a good mentor-mentee relationship, and that the applicant shows a willingness to be supportive, responsive, and receptive to learning from the experience.

Mentor Information

  • Select the genre in which you have the most expertise:*
    Creative Nonfiction
  • Should you not be matched with a mentee for the upcoming session, would you like to have your application automatically considered for the next round?*

* Required information


  1. While no formal teaching experience is required, please tell us about any background that you have with teaching, mentoring, or workshopping.
  2. New writers often tell us about the importance of connecting with other writers. What are some additional ways that you believe mentorships can be beneficial to today’s up-and-coming writers?
  3. In which areas do you feel that you are most qualified to provide guidance? (e.g.; publishing advice, manuscript review, career guidance)
  4. Is there a specific literary field (e.g.; travel writing, young adult fiction) or community (e.g.; LGBTQ writers, Chicano poets) to whom you can provide specific guidance?
  5. What do you hope to gain from a mentoring experience? What can AWP do to help you attain this goal?
  6. Did you have a mentor when you were a beginning writer? How did this experience help you along the way? If you did not have a mentor, how do you think having one would have influenced your experience?
  7. Describe a time when some aspect of your writing life was not going as hoped. Perhaps you were struggling to find balance, not meeting your goals, or having trouble finding an audience.
  8. What is the best advice that you have received about writing or publishing?

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