Previous Writer to Writer Mentees

AWP celebrates the writers who have participated as mentees in past sessions of Writer to Writer. Thinking of applying? We interviewed some of our past participants; read on to hear how they felt the program was meaningful to them.

Session Mentee Mentor

Spring 2017

Annette C. Boehm

Annette C. Boehm

Sidney Wade

 

Alice Christy

Alice Christy

Sandy Coomer

 

Yesenia Diaz

Yesenia Diaz

Jaquira Díaz

 

Judith Gelt

Judith Gelt

Jill Talbot

 

Margaret Grant

Margaret Grant

Virginia Pye

 

Emily Huso

Emily Huso

Chauna Craig

 

Katarzyna Jakubiak

Katarzyna Jakubiak

Soniah Kamal

 

Deborah Jang

Deborah Jang

Kimberly L. Becker

 

Kristine Jepsen

Kristine Jepsen

Jeannine Ouellette

 

Laura Joyce

Laura Joyce

Xu Xi

 

Rebecca Tyng Kantor

Rebecca Tyng Kantor

Elizabeth L. Silver

 

Rachel Luria

Rachel Luria

Margaret Lazarus Dean

 

Cynthia Marie

Cynthia Marie

Jenny Ferguson

 

Michelle Cerulli McAdams

Michelle Cerulli McAdams

Margaret Malone

 

Ellen Birkett Morris

Ellen Birkett Morris

Masha Hamilton

 

Benedict Nguyen

Benedict Nguyen

Dan Calhoun

 

Ann Plicque

Ann Plicque

Doug Ramspeck

 

Diana Powell

Diana Powell

Laura Valeri

 

Erin Robertson

Erin Robertson

JD Schraffenberger

 

Shelley Senai

Shelley Senai

Zeke Jarvis

 

Annah Sidigu

Annah Sidigu

Brendan Walsh

 

Leeanna T. Torres

Leeanna T. Torres

Chelsea Biondolillo

 

Rashaad Thomas

Rashaad Thomas

Danez Smith

 

Michael Allyn Wells

Michael Allyn Wells

Ken Waldman

 

Seema Yasmin

Seema Yasmin

Jehanne Dubrow
Session Mentee Mentor

Fall 2016

Amna Ahmad

Amna Ahmad

Chaitali Sen
Adwoa Akhu

Adwoa Akhu

Julia Boyd
J. Sebastian Alberdi

J. Sebastian Alberdi

Michael Broder
Rebecca Baroma

Rebecca Baroma

Jeannine Ouellette
Laura Braverman

Laura Braverman

Hélène Cardona
Stephanie Burnham

Stephanie Burnham

Rachel Howzell Hall
Thatcher Carter

Thatcher Carter

Sharon Millar
Penny Gilchrist

Penny Gilchrist

Tracy DeBrincat
Senna Heyatawin

Senna Heyatawin

Marilyn McCabe
Tiffany Kassab

Tiffany Kassab

Lisa Nikolidakis
Benin Lemus

Benin Lemus

Christine Hyung-Oak Lee
Jon Levenson

Jon Levenson

Dan Calhoun
Lara Lewis

Lara Lewis

Zach Powers
Caroline Plasket

Caroline Plasket

Leslie Harrison
Barbara Ristine

Barbara Ristine

Jodi Paloni
Muhammad Umar

Muhammad Umar

Shikha Malaviya
Renee Simms

Renee Simms

Amina Gautier
LP Sutton

LP Sutton

Katie Rose Guest Pryal
Shubha Venugopal

Shubha Venugopal

Lori Ostlund
Nancy Geibe Wasson

Nancy Geibe Wasson

Joe Milazzo
Mika Yamamoto

Mika Yamamoto

Kelly Luce
Session Mentee Mentor

Spring 2016

Rachel Ansong

Rachel Ansong

Barbara Helfgott Hyett

 

Ann DeVilbiss

Ann DeVilbiss

Emilia Phillips

 

Shelley Evans

Shelley Evans

Eliot Treichel

 

Mari Hailu

Mari Hailu

dawn lonsinger

 

Irene Hoge Smith

Irene Hoge Smith

Claude Clayton Smith

 

Cynthia Huijgens

Cynthia Huijgens

Najiyah Maxfield

 

Catherine Keefe

Catherine Keefe

Traci Brimhall

 

Meg Kinghorn

Meg Kinghorn

Brandi Granett

 

Ananda Lima

Ananda Lima

Fred Arroyo

 

Colette Lunday

Colette Lunday

Benjamin Ludwig

 

R.L. Maizes

R.L. Maizes

Jon Papernick

 

Mariah Mottley

Mariah Mottley

Sharon Estill Taylor

 

Amanda Niehaus

Amanda Niehaus

Alice Sebold

 

Lara Palmquist

Lara Palmquist

Katharine Beutner

 

Robin Patten

Robin Patten

Gail Folkins

 

Erin Elkins Radcliffe

Erin Elkins Radcliffe

Allen Braden

 

Stephanie Ratanas

Stephanie Ratanas

Jeannine Ouellette

 

Manisha Sharma

Manisha Sharma

Shikha Malaviya

 

Naomi Ulsted

Naomi Ulsted

Ken Waldman
Session Mentee Mentor

Fall 2015

Cairo Amani

Cairo Amani

Jennifer Morales
Ashanti Anderson

Ashanti Anderson

Verónica Reyes
Alan Bell

Alan Bell

J.E. Robinson
Elisa Bernick

Elisa Bernick

Leslie Schwartz
Elizabeth Cone

Elizabeth Cone

Chauna Craig
Rachel Custer

Rachel Custer

Kerrin McCadden
T.K. Dalton

T.K. Dalton

Eileen Cronin
Kelly Jo Eldredge

Kelly Jo Eldredge

Dale Griffiths Stamos
Sharon Ferguson

Sharon Ferguson

Susan Wingate
Ryane Granados

Ryane Granados

Robert Hellenga
Nicole Homer

Nicole Homer

Jenny Sadre-Orafai
P.D. Keenen

P.D. Keenen

Minal Hajratwala
Karin Killian

Karin Killian

Jessica Treadway
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Weyshawn Douglas Koons

Earl Swift
Jessica Lawrence

Jessica Lawrence

Seth Tucker
Mira T. Lee

Mira T. Lee

Brando Skyhorse
Melani Martinez

Melani Martinez

Norma Cantú
Journey McAndrews

Journey McAndrews

Michael Broder
Alyssa McClure

Alyssa McClure

Rachel Howzell Hall
Hadley Moore

Hadley Moore

Christine Sneed
Pedro Poitevin

Pedro Poitevin

Lori Desrosiers
Aaron Samuels

Aaron Samuels

Edwin Torres
Sea Stachura

Sea Stachura

Kristiana Kahakauwila
Silvana Straw

Silvana Straw

Michael Steinberg
Genevieve Williams

Genevieve Williams

Molly Sutton-Kiefer
Session Mentee Mentor

Spring 2015

Kenzie Allen

Sara-Kate Astrove

"My mentor was an absolute dream come true! She was encouraging, inspirational, and helpful every step of the way. Through her insightful feedback, I was able to develop my manuscript and take it in a new direction. We also became great friends in the process, which was especially beneficial when tackling the personal material in my memoir."

Deb Olin Unferth
Andrew Bourelle

Andrew Bourelle

"It's been great to have such a talented writer to talk to about craft and publishing."

Evan Morgan Williams
Jennifer Bullis

Jennifer Bullis

"I truly value the relationship my mentor and I developed through our sustained conversation about writing, at both macro and micro levels."

Allen Braden
Monika Cassel

Monika Cassel

"As we worked together, my mentor also emphasized that she saw the relationship as more equal than the mentor/mentee labels might imply."

Rachel Mennies
Alisha Churbe

Alisha Churbe

"My mentor was enthusiastic about my work and suggested readings, techniques, and advice that I'll never forget."

Paul Pedroza
Catherine Cryan

Catherine Cryan

 

Jennifer Perrine
Judy Hall

Judy Hall

“Writing is hard, but figuring out what to do with your writing once you've written it seems like the hardest part of all. I am always looking for help in figuring out where to send my shorter work and how to find the right home for my novel and memoir-in-progress.”

Jeffrey Stayton
Mary Harpin

Mary Harpin

"I am looking forward to having an ongoing friendship with my mentor, mutually cheering one another on and continuing to progress."

Robin Scofield
Sophia Kouidou-Giles

Sophia Kouidou-Giles

"W2W was a rewarding experience that was encouraging and content-filled."

Renee D’Aoust
Lisa Henner

Lisa Henner

"I would describe the match with my mentor as alchemical. I was amazed and delighted that my mentor and I had so much in common as writers and readers."

Mike Harvkey
Khara House

Khara House

"It was like discovering my inner voice in the form of another person."

Lisa C. Taylor
Billy Kilgore

Billy Kilgore

"The Writer to Writer program is a gift. It enriched my writing life and provided much needed direction."

Brian Oliu
Julia Laxer

Julia Laxer

"Stay open to possibility while honoring your intuition and process. And don't be afraid to break the rules. Never be afraid to break the rules. Experiment."

Elline Lipkin
Minadora Macheret

Minadora Macheret

"The Writer to Writer program gave me more than a mentor; it gave me a friend for life and the support to be fearless in my writing."

Lisha Garcia
Freesia McKee

Freesia McKee

"I recommend this program, whether an MFA is in your future or you’ve decided that you do not need one."

Michael Klein
Caryn Mohr

Caryn Mohr

"Memoir is such a vulnerable endeavor, and there were a few times during the course of the program when fear or self-doubt got the better of me. My mentor encouraged me to continue on the track I was on, writing where I was pulled, trusting in my right and ability to tell my story."

Candy Schulman
Lisa L. Moore

Lisa L. Moore

"The program has given me a role model for how to continue to live a life in poetry—my mentor is about twenty years older than me and it was great to talk to her about how her career has changed and evolved."

Laurel Blossom
Shauna Osborn

Shauna Osborn

“We have similarities in the ways we work—multiple creative interests and devising large, hybrid projects that cover the gamut of creative work. Finding another person who gets that process and the connections necessary to complete this sort of multifaceted work is rare.”

Allison Hedge Coke
Molly Rideout

Molly Rideout

"Fully recognize the real gift that your mentor is giving you of their time and don’t squander it. Be as giving in return as you can."

Luke Rolfes
Whitney Curry Wimbish

Whitney Curry Wimbish

"I have never learned so much from one person in such a condensed period of time."

Lori Ostlund
Session Mentee Mentor

Fall 2014

Kenzie Allen

Kenzie Allen

"I think the biggest benefit of this program is the relationship it fosters."

Ernestine Hayes
Mona Alvarado Frazier

Mona Alvarado Frazier

"Get ready to push yourself, expand your writing skills, dig deeper, and go further. "

Fred Arroyo
Kendra Atkins-Boyce

Kendra Atkins-Boyce

"I decided what I wanted and worked with my mentor to be sure I got what I needed."

Chauna Craig
Priscilla Cash

Priscilla Cash

Jeff Hess
Allison Coffelt

Allison Coffelt

"In the Writer to Writer mentorship program, I was reminded of the wider web of writers."

Jen Hirt
Grace Jahng Lee

Grace Jahng Lee

"I look forward to continuing my relationship with my mentor and learning from her experiences as an accomplished author."

Renee D’Aoust
Olga Livshin

Olga Livshin

"I Ioved the experience and the energies I feel it's bringing to my work."

Janet Sylvester
Taylor Lauren Ross

Taylor Lauren Ross

"Know that your mentor can learn from you, too."

Brandi Granett
Jennifer Savran Kelly

Jennifer Savran Kelly

"[I]f I am willing to go even deeper into the work and remain open to the process, my writing will go further than I imagined it could."

Amy Wallen
Kira Taylor

Kira Taylor

"I learned more profoundly the power of inspiration."

Lori Desrosiers
Previous Participants

See a list of previous Writer to Writer participants.