Women Writers Mentorship Schemes

The following is a list of mentorships available to women writers. The description of each is taken directly from the associated website.

This list is a work in progress. If you find a non-working link, or if you know of a mentorship that should be added to this list, please let me know. I appreciate your help in making this list as comprehensive as possible. Thank you!

— Nicole Melanson

Nicole Melanson - Writer, Poet, Editor of WordMothers


A Room of Her Own / AROHO Foundation (USA)

AROHO offers 2 mentorship programs, the Anna Sorocor Fellowship and the Edna Payne Fellowship.


Girls Write Now (USA)

Girls Write Now runs 2 mentorship programs.

  • Writing 360 is our yearlong intensive mentoring program, matching underserved high school girls/ gender non-conforming youth with women professional writers for a one-to-one mentorship, structured around creative, critical, and digital skill-based programming and services.
  • Writing Works workshops offer mentees support with college essays, scholarships, internships, and professional writing across a broad range of industries.


International Writing Program, Women’s Creative Mentorship Project

This project focuses on mentorship between young, emerging female writers, and female IWP Fall Residency alumni.


Killer Women Mentoring Scheme (UK)

A new initiative to support emerging female crime writers from BAME and working-class/low income backgrounds. The scheme offers the opportunity for four women seeking to write crime fiction to be expertly mentored by four successful, published authors.


The Offside Rule (UK)

We are encouraging aspiring female journalists to apply for three spots to work with the team at The Offside Rule, have their very own mentor and get work regularly published on our award-winning website.


Sister Writes, The Writing Workshop (Canada)

The Writing Workshop is for women who love to write. Through the program, participants learn valuable literacy and writing skills, hone their voices as writers, share stories, and write about the realities of their lives. They also receive writing mentorship from professional women writers and collaborate with one another through the Outreach Program. The culmination of The Writing Workshop is the publication and public launch of Sister Writes, the program’s literary magazine.


Strife, Women in Writing Mentoring Scheme (UK)

Upon joining our Women in Writing Mentoring Scheme, you will be assigned a mentor who will help guide you through every step of the writing process—from the generation of ideas, to editing, to publication. Women currently undertaking an MA at King’s College London are welcome to apply.


The Sweatshop Women Collective (Australia)

The Sweatshop Women Collective is an ongoing initiative which provides exclusive mentoring, training and employment in creative writing for women from Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Meets in Parramatta, NSW.


Women’s Fiction Writers Association (USA)

The WFWA mentorship is an opportunity to work with a fellow women’s fiction author as they move through the process of drafting, refining, and querying.


WoMentoring Project (UK)

Free mentoring by professional literary women to talented up and coming female writers who would otherwise find it difficult to access similar opportunities.

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WriteGirl Mentorship (USA)

WriteGirl is a creative writing and mentoring organization that promotes creativity, critical thinking and leadership skills to empower teen girls.


The Writers Lab (USA)

The Writers Lab provides script development for women writers over the age of 40, and selects 12 promising writers each year, from a competitive pool of submissions, to work with accomplished women mentors from the film industry.