Women’s Creative Mentorship Project

Yvonne Owuor Speaks at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Right: Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor (IWP Fall Resident 2005 & 2017, Kenya), shown here speaking at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., is a mentor for IWP’s inaugural Women’s Creative Mentorship Project.

Women’s Creative Mentorship Project

**Closed for Applications**

In 2019, collaborating with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the International Writing Program is proud to launch the Women’s Creative Mentorship Project (WCM). This project focuses on mentorship between young, emerging female writers, and female IWP Fall Residency alumni.

The inaugural WCM project will begin with a 4-day in-person conference in Portland, Oregon, in late March of 2019, followed by a six-month distance collaboration. The in-person WCM conference will be comprised of master classes, manuscript consultations, and one-on-one meetings between mentors and mentees. Additional programming will include special seminars with visiting authors and other creative professionals, both U.S.- and overseas-based. During the conference, mentees will work with assigned mentors and IWP staff to develop personalized plans that will provide structure for the distance portion of the project, ending in September 2019. After the project's conclusion, an anthology of WCM creative writing will be published in print and online.  

This initiative was open to women writers at all writing levels, and is funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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