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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 cbccourses@curtisbrown.co.uk for assistance.

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Breakthrough Mentoring for Disabled Writers

  • Contact Details

    Please provide some essential details so we can get in touch with you about your application. We won't share this data.
  • eg. name@domain.com
  • Please include country code if applicable
  • About You and Your Writing

    We'd like to learn a bit about you and your writing. Don’t worry if you haven’t done much writing before, please fill out in as much detail as possible. We won't share this data.
  • Date Format: DD slash MM slash YYYY
  • Do you have any other writing achievements you'd like to tell us about?
  • Accepted file types: pdf, txt, doc, rtf, docx.
    Please upload your synopsis and opening 3,000 words in one document. Only PDF, TXT and DOC files accepted, file size must be less than 8mb
  • The Breakthrough Writers' Programme

    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.
  • Please state in under 300 words.
  • We are able to make accessibility adjustments to the mentoring process (e.g., by providing a British Sign Language Interpreter).