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Mentoring Initiative

The SFWA Mentoring Initiative is an all-volunteer service provided free of charge, which aims to connect emerging writers to each other and to established pros with the objective of providing community, sharing knowledge, and offering networking opportunities. It is focused on professional development rather than artistic development.

Mentorships are open to both Active and Associate SFWA members as well as to aspiring members.

The program opens to applications roughly twice a year. We are still working on the best system.

The most recent open application period was in October 2019. Those matches are still being made as of late November and we will notify everyone who applied as soon as those matches are made.

The next application period will come in mid-2020. Check back to this page for more information. For the next matching period we will give a month’s warning before the mentee application portal opens. The MENTOR application is always open.

We can’t guarantee that everyone will be matched, since it depends both on the availability of mentors and on whether we find an appropriate mentor for what you are seeking.

We ask that if you have had a successful match as a mentee in one of the previous matching rounds, you don’t apply again for the time being.

Please contact mentor@sfwa.org with any further questions.  Thank you for your patience as we continue to develop best practices.