About Us

The Middle Way Mentoring project is a two year professional development scheme for Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) writers based in the Midlands.

Writers will receive mentoring for a period of twelve months from an experienced writer, and participate in a series of masterclasses designed to develop the craft of writing.

During the second year, writers will begin to focus on completing a portfolio of short stories to send out to prizes, literary journals and to put forward for the scheme’s anthology. Writers will participate in a series of workshops and talks delivered by industry experts, receive bespoke career coaching and showcase their writing at a number of festivals.

The Middle Way Mentoring project will culminate in a conference for Black and Asian writers. The event will take place on March 20th, 2021.

The Middle Way Mentoring project is led by writer and publisher, Farhana Shaikh with the support of a number of partners, including University of Leicester, CAMEo, Writing East Midlands, Writing West Midlands, Dahlia Publishing and Renaissance One, and funded by Arts Council England.