What to expect

A mentor can help you with all aspects of the craft of writing and provide assistance in setting goals, using time effectively, keeping motivated, retaining focus, building confidence, and developing strengths.


Writing Mentorships

Writing Mentorships take place in two stages:

1. Initial Mentor Meeting (90 minutes, from $300)

We will book a meeting with the mentor of your choice. Your mentor will read a sample of your writing before you meet. Your initial meeting will include a discussion about your work and situation.

Some mentees find that this initial meeting provides them with the feedback they were looking for, but the meeting can also include a discussion about the ways that an Ongoing Mentorship could benefit you, as well as establishing whether there is a rapport between mentor and writer.

Please note that all Initial Mentor Meetings are currently being conducted online. 

2. Ongoing Mentorship (6-hour blocks, from $475)

If you and your mentor agree to move forward, we will ask you to pre-pay for each six-hour block of mentoring, which includes reading and meeting time. You will confirm details and meeting times directly with your mentor, and can continue to renew at the end of each six-hour time period. The six hours can be divided up however you and your mentor wish (six meetings of one hour, or three meetings of two hours, etc.)

Please note that mentors are unable to read your entire manuscript, assess or edit your manuscript, or approach publishers or agents on your behalf.


Business Advice Meeting (60 minutes, from $210)

Writers Victoria also offers Business Advice Meetings for writers looking for advice on the business of writing.

Our business support mentors offer advice on issues such as navigating the Australian book trade, how to identify and approach publishers, and the logistics of the writing business (including ISBNs, barcodes, selling rights, and royalties).


How to book

Special note 30/07/2021: We're currently in the process of recruiting and handing over the role that manages manuscript assessments, so ask for your patience when submitting a booking. We have less staff time available to book and respond to assessment queries currently and will get back to you as soon as possible. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Download: Mentorship and Business Advice Meeting booking form.

Please complete the attached form and return with payment to Writers Victoria by email to Deanne by fax to (03) 9650 8010 or post to Writers Victoria, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000.