About Us

The Middle Way Mentoring project is a two year professional development scheme for Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic 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 new writing 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 writing conference to be held at Curve Leicester in April 2025.

The Middle Way Mentoring project is led by writer and publisher, Farhana Shaikh with the support of a number of partners, including Bookouture, Curve Leicester, Dahlia Books, The Good Literary Agency, Renaissance One, Words of Colour, The Literary Consultancy, Writing East Midlands and Writing West Midlands, and is funded by Arts Council England.