How to Apply

The Middle Way Mentoring project is for writers of Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) heritage 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. Mentoring sessions will be mentee-led and delivered over six sessions, to include verbal and written feedback on up to 3500 words per session.

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.

There are seven places on the scheme.


Please submit the following via email:

  • A writing sample (of up to 3000 words)
  • A biography and writing CV
  • A covering letter of why you would like to join the scheme and how it will benefit your writing

Please submit your application via email to Farhana Shaikh at

The closing date for applications is 5pm on 12th October 2018. All applications received by the deadline will be considered by a steering committee consisting of our project partners. Early applications are advisable.


The programme is open to un-agented writers who have not yet published a full-length work of fiction or non-fiction, have not undertaken an MA, or previously worked with a mentor. Previously self-published writers may apply.

The scheme is designed to support the development of new and emerging prose writers. You must be committed to working with a mentor and able to produce 3500 words for each mentoring session.

Writers will receive six mentoring sessions which will take place with an experienced writer either face to face, over the phone/Skype or via email.

In year one and year two, six masterclasses will be held every four weeks in Leicester. Attendance to these masterclasses is mandatory and travel expenses will not be paid.

We are hosting a Meet and Greet event in Leicester on the afternoon of October 22nd 2018. Please ensure you can attend this event before applying.

Writers must be based in the Midlands:

The West Midlands region includes Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire and Shropshire. It includes cities of Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Stoke on Trent and the borough Telford and Wrekin.

The East Midlands region includes Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Rutland. It includes cities of Derby, Leicester, and Nottingham.

If you would like to arrange an informal discussion about any aspect of the scheme or your suitability please contact Farhana Shaikh on