Applications invited for Wigtown Festival Company’s 2019-20 mentoring scheme for local writers.

Are you a writer living in Dumfries & Galloway looking to develop your work with the help of professional advice and support? Why not apply for Wigtown Festival Company’s mentoring programme?

How the programme works

If your application is successful, you will be matched with a mentor according to your particular needs, for a constructive dialogue about your work and advice on future development opportunities. Our mentors are all professional writers.

Mentorships can be flexible and adapted to the needs of the individual, but typically take the form of 2-3 meetings alongside an evaluation of your work carried out within a 3-month time frame. 

Reasonable travel expenses will be paid.


To be eligible, you must be resident in Dumfries & Galloway and be able to demonstrate a commitment to writing, and have examples of your work, published or unpublished, ready to submit to your mentor. For example, three to four chapters of a novel or several short stories/poems; or a strong synopsis, character outlines and first chapter.

Applications will be considered from writers aged 14+, working in all forms of writing.

How to apply

To apply, please send the following details to

  • 1000-word sample of your writing (or equivalent for poets)
  • 500-word statement, specifying why you would benefit from free mentoring and detailing experience to date
  • Full contact details and any other supporting, relevant information

The deadline for applications is 15th November 2019.

Click here for more details

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