Mentoring 2017

Scottish Book Trust is delighted to announce the writers who'll be working with mentors to explore new avenues, make new breakthroughs and hone their skills in 2017

Meet the 2017 mentees and their mentors.


In 2017 Scottish Book Trust will provide four published writers the unique opportunity to be mentored by an experienced writer or industry professional. Our mentoring programme provides writers with a sustained period of support devoted to developing a particular writing project.

This programme is for published writers who have completed at least two-thirds of their manuscript and have reached a point where they feel further support will be helpful. Mentoring has many short- and long-term benefits and our programme is suitable for early career authors as well as writers with a long publication history and many years of experience. Please check the eligibility criteria carefully.

Mentoring supports writers to make difficult transitions, achieve significant breakthroughs, and overcome challenges. It can help writers who are looking to approach new subject areas and genres, grow artistically, and develop professionally. Some examples of what this may include are:

  • An illustrator looking to write a novel
  • A poet who would like to develop work for the radio
  • A published novelist in need of a breakthrough to progress with a second novel
  • An experienced fiction author writing creative non-fiction for the first time
  • A writer who would like to adapt work for film or television
  • A Gaelic writer developing a manuscript in English
  • A graphic novelist working on a screenplay
  • A writer for adults creating work for children

Professional development support

This year we are also seeking applications from writers who would like support with developing their skills working in professional settings. This may include experienced writers who are interested in undertaking work in schools, prisons, libraries and other locations but feel they would benefit from mentoring support to build on their existing talents in these areas.

Performance and spoken word

In addition, we are also welcoming applications from performance poets, spoken-word artists, and other writers who would benefit from dedicated support and guidance from experienced mentors working in this art form.



Judging panel

We are pleased to confirm the judging panel for the Mentoring programme: Will Mackie (Mentoring Project Manager, Scottish Book Trust), Doug Johnstone (author of The Jump), Jan Rutherford (Publicity and the Printed Word) and Lynsey Rogers (Writer Development Co-ordinator, Scottish Book Trust).



Scottish Book Trust is not currently seeking mentors. We do not have a pool of mentors; we look for people who specifically suit the needs of the writers being mentored. Mentors are always writers or industry professionals with extensive experience and/or a substantial publication history. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, we can keep your CV on file but there is no guarantee you will be selected as a mentor in future. For all enquiries, email


Here’s what some of 2016's mentors and mentees have to say about mentoring:

'The exciting thing about mentoring and being a mentor is that you are beginning the adventure with a partner. For me as a mentor, as I facilitate Mandy's developing skills as a dramatist, I will also be re-examining my own understanding of how drama works.' - David Neville 

'It is really encouraging and helpful to have someone to bounce these ideas around with and David has heaps of experience in recognising what could make a good drama. With David's guidance I feel as if I am being shown around an unfamiliar city by a friendly local, which means I can explore this new territory without having to worry about getting mugged or lost in the back streets.’ - Mandy Haggith

'Writing is a strange kind of career and the only people who really understand it are other writers.' - Sara Sheridan

'Having an engaged, critical mentor, who has pushed me to recognise both the strengths and weaknesses in the writing, has meant it is now almost at agent-ready stage, bar the last polishings.' - Catherine Hokin

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