The Middle Way Mentoring project now open for applications

A new mentoring scheme for Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic writers based in the Midlands is open for applications.

The Middle Way Mentoring project is a two year professional development scheme, funded by Arts Council England, and led by editor of The Asian Writer, Farhana Shaikh.

Writers will have an opportunity to develop their writing, receive critical feedback from a writing mentor, and learn more about the publishing industry.

The scheme’s mentors include published writers including poet and short story writer, Tania Hershman, critically acclaimed novelists, Rod Duncan and Kerry Young, as well as emerging writers, Lily Dunn, Mahsuda Snaith and Susmita Bhattacharya. Writers will receive ongoing support from Farhana Shaikh.

Farhana, who heads up Midlands-based indie press, Dahlia Publishing, said. “Feedback for new and emerging writers can be critical to help steer them in the right direction. The Middle Way Mentoring project promises to work with early-career writers to help them develop their writing under the guidance of established writers who know how to navigate murky waters.”

In the second year, the cohort will take part in a series of workshops and talks delivered by industry experts, including an editor and agent, as well as receive bespoke career coaching.

The scheme is open to writers who are committed to develop their writing, and can write up to 3500 words every six weeks as well as attend regular masterclasses. There are seven places on the scheme. For more information visit

Applications close on 12 October 2018.

The Middle Way Mentoring project is delivered with the support of a number of partners, including University of Leicester, CAMEo, Writing East Midlands, Writing West Midlands, Dahlia Publishing and Renaissance One, and funded by Arts Council England.

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