this is a Multiculturalism Rocks! premiere: you’re treated to two posts in one day, and this one is also the bearer of great news!
PATCHWORK COLLECTIVE VIRTUAL MENTORS
The Patchwork Collective for Writers of Color is accepting
applications for its Virtual Mentoring Program! If you are a writer of
children’s literature looking to improve your craft and get a better
understanding of the children’s publishing industry, read on.
Participants will be invited to join an online group and receive
personalized advice from mentors on manuscripts and technique (no more
than one critique of 10 pages of a long-form work, or 1 PB over the 8
week period), industry- and craft-related information (books,
conferences, helpful organizations, Web sites, etc.), and more.
Mentors will not be offering referrals to any agents or editors. If
you are a writer of color in the “intermediate” stage of your pursuit
of a career in children’s literature, this is an opportunity for
one-on-one online communication with a published children’s book
Mentors include authors Kelly Starlings-Lyons, Y.S. Lee, N.H. Senzai,
Ebony Joy Wilkins, Jerry Craft, Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Neesha
Meminger, Christine Taylor-Butler, Jennifer Cervantes, Crystal Allen,
and Rachel Renee Russell. They are generously donating their time and
expertise to this project, and I am extremely grateful.
If you are a writer of color 18 or over interested in this
opportunity, please send 1) a short (one paragraph) biographical
sketch of your work/writing career so far; include the URL of your Web
site if you have one 2) the classes, groups, conferences or other
resources you’ve been involved with, etc. and 3) a one-page writing
sample (for mentor matching purposes, not to be evaluated) to
email@example.com. This is for writers of CHILDREN’S
LITERATURE ONLY, defined as picture book (PB)-young adult (YA).
PLEASE PASTE EVERYTHING INTO THE BODY OF YOUR EMAIL TO
firstname.lastname@example.org, with PATCHWORK COLLECTIVE MENTOR
APPLICATION in the subject line. Submissions that do not adhere to
these guidelines will be discarded. There are at least 10 spots
available, and matching will be first-come first-served, according to
genre. The Spring 2011 submission process is open from Feb 1-Feb 4.
Disclosure: information received from
8TH GRADE SUPERZERO (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic)
Note: Olugbemisola was interviewed about the program by Doret, at the Happy Nappy Bookseller. Read about it here!