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Children's Book Writers
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Europolitan Mentorship Program 2019

Date(s) - 01/09/2019
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What is the Europolitan Mentorship Program?

The Europolitan Mentorship program pairs qualified, inspirational mentors with aspiring authors and illustrators, who write in English, to help bring them closer to publication, or to publication at a higher level. Each mentor will select one mentee from all applicants.

This six-month online one-on-one program provides mentees the opportunity to work personally with and learn from a successful professional with teaching experience and a proven track record in children’s literature.


The Power of a Mentorship

Working with a mentor provides you with an expert’s perspective and vision. Your mentor will give you valuable feedback and encouragement, enabling you to improve your work and refine your craft. She will also be a sounding board, guiding you as you develop your manuscript to its fullest potential. Below are some possible topics that might be covered during the mentorship. Please note: these are suggestions only. The topics for each individual mentorship will be customized for each mentee in consultation with his/her mentor.


For writers:

During the six-month program, mentees will work one-on-one with a published author to analyze every aspect of their manuscript to answer such questions as:


·      How early in the story does the main conflict appear? (Hopefully, on the first page.)


·      Is the protagonist’s motivation as compelling as it needs to be? Does his or her problem matter to the target audience? How could it be made stronger?


·      Are there a series of hurdles the protagonist must overcome and which move the story along?


·      Has the right format for a picture book been chosen (rhyme vs. prose, concept book vs. classic story structure?)


·      Pacing? Where is the story slow and where can it be speeded up?


·      Do characters talk at the appropriate level to the age they are? Does the dialogue work to keep the story moving?


·      Are scenes well-rounded? Is there a real need for each scene? How do they move the story along? Is the text as tightly written as it could be?


·      Have any “hot spots” been missed – places the drama could have been intensified with more emotional detail?


For author/illustrators:

During the six-month program, mentees will work one-on-one with a published author/illustrator on a both the written and illustrated aspects of their story, such as:


·      Is there a natural flow between the words and pictures?


·      Is the balance of what is being said verses what is being shown appropriate? And if not, are there places in the manuscript where that can be improved?


For illustrators:

During this six-month program, mentees will work one-on-on with a published illustrator to develop and refine the mentee’s portfolio. In addition, they will  develop market and business skills necessary to sell your work in the current publishing marketplace.


Meet our Mentors:

You can meet all of our mentors here!


How do I apply?

To apply, complete the registration form (registration starts Monday, May 20 2019). Please indicate the mentor you are applying to work with. The registration fee of €30 is non-refundable. If you are chosen to be a mentee, the fee will be applied to the total cost of the mentor program (€500). Once payment has been received, you will receive instructions on how to submit your full mentorship application. Your application does not guarantee selection.

The application period is from May 20, 2019 to June 30, 2019. The mentors will then evaluate the submissions and choose an applicant. Notifications will be emailed to all applicants on August 15, 2019.

Each mentorship will begin in September 2019 with the first of four online video meetings, and will run until March 2020.