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Breakthrough Mentoring Programme for Disabled Writers

Five talented disabled writers will receive nine months of mentoring from a published author, plus a tutorial with a literary agent.

This nine-month mentoring programme is part of The Breakthrough Writers’ Programme – our outreach initiative for under-represented authors.

This mentoring will run from October 2021 to July 2022 and seeks to support five aspiring authors through one-to-one guidance from a published author-mentor, plus a tutorial with a literary agent.

Mentoring sessions will take place via Zoom/phone calls. We are able to make accessibility adjustments to the programme if required. For example, by providing a British Sign Language interpreter.

Applications close end of day, Sunday 19 September.

Eligibility and Applications

This round of mentoring is open to all disabled writers over the age of 18.

Applicants must have a disability, as defined by the Equality Act 2010. You’re disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.

Our form asks you to make a statement about why you should be awarded this mentoring opportunity.

Curtis Brown Creative offers mentoring places on the basis of proven writing ability. We ask applicants to send us the first 3,000 words of a novel/memoir/short story/ narrative non-fiction project in progress, with a one-page synopsis, and to fill out our application form. Mentoring places will be awarded to applicants with submission material that shows the greatest potential and promise in our view. The decision will be made by the Curtis Brown Creative team.

Please upload your application via the form at the end of this page. If you encounter any problems during the application process or have any more questions about this opportunity, please email for assistance.

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