Mentoring program

Our national mentoring program is up and running with a number of mentorships currently in progress and more in the pipeline.

Mentorships can start at any time — we will process mentees’ applications as they come in, and as we can make suitable pairings.

The program now has mentoring coordinators in four states as well as the ACT. Pairings are made by the coordinators in the states/territory in consultation with the national coordinators.

Your coordinator in Western Australia is committee member Catherine Schwerin.

If you like one-to-one relationships and have editing or related skills, knowledge, experience to share, please think about being a mentor (friendly guide) to someone who is looking for guidance.

Email Catherine if you have questions about mentoring or becoming a mentee, or to ask for an application form. We would love to hear from you.

The fee for a mentorship is currently set at $200. Of this amount, $150 goes to the mentor as an honorarium; the remaining $50 is divided between the state ($30) and national ($20) coordinators to help meet expenses.

The fee is ‘per mentorship’, no matter how short or long it is. The length of mentorships is normally 2–3 months, but can be any length and can become a very long-term partnership in some cases.

Mentorships are confidential, of course.

A face-to-face workshop for mentors and prospective mentors will be held on Wednesday 22 January 2014 at 7.30 p.m. EST in Canberra. There will also be a few Skype places for non-Canberrans. If you are interested, please contact Catherine.

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