TOWARD A ZAMBIAN GENRE
On developing the literary arts in Zambia-with a focus on fiction writing.
Mentorship is a deliberate programme in which young and/or upcoming writers get attached to seasoned and published writers or those who are well versed in writing as a way of learning the writing craft. The person being mentored learns by observing, listening and taking part in writing activities. Mentorship goes beyond mere supervision and tutoring. During the programme the mentor shares their time and experiences as a way of imparting writing skills. A mentor shares some of their own technics. The mentor works alongside the learner on a specific project that the learner wishes to develop and most likely publish. The main purpose of mentorship;
- Help you turn your idea into a book
- teach various writing techniques
- develop a project that can be published
- provide linage to publishing opportunities
In Zambia mentorship hardly exists because the writing industry is only developing but that does not take away the fact that there are a number of published writers who can carry out this task. If Zambia is going to successfully develop the literary arts, the role of such mentors cannot be underestimated. This is will guarantee continuity of our cultures, norms and a genre that carries a Zambian flavor. In addition, the country has yet to close the gap between the past and the present – this can be done through writing. However, while there is so much of our history and culture that has not been written about, a writer must be mindful that the country has also heavily modernised. The mentor therefore has a role to maintain the balance.
WHO IS A MENTOR?
The mentor must be a writer or someone well versed in the literary arts and other forms of writing. The mentor should create time for the mentorship programme committing to it from the beginning. At the end of the mentorship programme, this person will be recognised for his/her contributions towards the project.
WHAT TO EXPECT
- Set objectives and expectations of mentorship programme at the beginning
- Fixed period for the entire mentorship programme
- Regular one on one discussions and/or equivalent
- Timely feedback on submissions
- Finalised manuscripts
- Builds confidence for the person being mentored.
- Gives a new perspective on the work as the mentor provides insights.
- Provides an on-going structured assessment as the manuscript is prepared for publishing.
- Valuable feedback.
HOW TO APPLY
- Submit a sample of your writing at firstname.lastname@example.org at least 1,000 words (can be an extract of your current project or a short story).
- Write a covering letter explaining a bit of your background.
- We will then find you a suitable mentor.
- Once payment is made and we have confirmed, your mentor will get in touch with you via email or phone.
- Terms and conditions apply.