International Writing Program

Working in collaboration with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, this project focuses on mentorship between young, emerging female writers, and female International Writing Program (IWP) Fall Residency alumni. The IWP has invited eight mentors to collaborate on this project. Each of these eight mentors will be assigned two mentees from her home country, for a total of 16 mentees, and 24 project participants overall. In Colombia, invited mentor will be novelist, fiction writer, and former IWP participant Pilar Quintana.

The Women’s Creative Mentorship Project will begin with a 4-day in-person conference in Portland, Oregon in late March of 2019 (travel, meals and lodging provided by the project), followed by a six-month distance program. The in-person Women’s Creative Mentorship Project conference will include master classes, manuscript consultations, one-on-one meetings between mentors and mentees, and other programming, such as special seminars with visiting authors and other creative professionals, both U.S.-based and overseas. At the conference, mentees will work with assigned mentors and IWP staff to develop personalized plans, which will provide the structure for the six-month distance portion of the project, ending in September 2019. After the conclusion of the distance portion of the project, participants will submit a piece of creative writing to be published in a print and online anthology. Mentors and mentees will also submit a short essay detailing the experience of mentorship, and advice for future mentors and mentees.

The deadline for nominations is January 1, 2019.

 Final selection will be based on mentees’ creative writing abilities, creative and professional ambition and seriousness, and suitability with specific mentors.

Women’s Creative Mentorship Mentee Application should be emailed to, and must include the following:

  • Application Form (Word document 145KB)
  • Copy of passport (if available)
  • CV
  • 10-15 pages of original creative prose or poetry in English.
  • A statement of purpose answering the following questions:
    • What do you hope to achieve as a writer, including long-term and short-term goals?
    • Describe where you are currently in the writing process.
    • What kind of guidance are you hoping to receive from your mentor?
    • Recommendation Letter (optional)