IWA Mentoring Program
The IWA Mentoring program aims to provide 1-on-1, group and peer-to-peer support to IWA members wherever they are in their writing journey or career.
Types of mentoring:
1-on-1 Mentoring (11M)
• What to expect: 1-on-1 sessions in-person, online or by phone. The mentor will provide support and assistance to the mentee depending on the mentee’s needs (identified before the mentoring relationship starts).
• Mentor: a more experienced IWA member willing to provide information and support to another IWA member, to overcome the challenges of his/her writing path. Examples of expertise: writing (one or more genres), editing, formatting, publishing, marketing/ social media/ PR, career development, overcoming inner blockages, technical skills (video, website, graphic design, building email list,…), etc.
• Mentee: an IWA member open to receive constructive feedback, information, and support from his/her mentor.
• Duration of mentoring relationship: unless otherwise specified, the formal duration of the mentoring relationship is four months. At the end of this period, the mentor can choose between starting a mentoring relationship with another IWA member, continue the relationship with the same mentee (if no other IWA member is waiting for a mentor with same expertise), or stop mentoring for a while.
• Sessions’ lengths and frequency: jointly defined by the mentor and mentee.
• Topics: will be jointly identified based on the mentee’s needs and expectations. They could include topics related to writing, publishing, marketing, career development, author technical support, overcoming inner blockages, etc.
• First session: 3-way session with mentor, mentee, and a mentoring coach. To give a good start to the mentoring relationship, the session will be facilitated by the mentoring coach to:
– Clarify the purpose of the mentoring relationship and the mentoring coach role
– Identify the desired outcome(s) of the mentoring relationship (for both mentor and mentee)
– Define the sessions’ length, frequency, format
– Design the mentoring alliance (atmosphere, communication preferences, how to handle difficult situations that might occur, etc.)
Group Mentoring (GM)
• What to expect: group sessions (in-person, online) based on a specific topic.
Sessions’ duration and frequency: depends on the topic covered. A schedule will be posted and IWA members can register for the sessions they’re interested in.
• Who can join: IWA members interested in learning about a specific topic.
• Topics: Related to writing, publishing, marketing, career development, author technical support, overcoming inner blockages, etc. If a topic requires several group sessions (a series), the group members are expected to participate to all the sessions – since homework and accountability will be part of the Group Mentoring.
• Mentor: an IWA member with expertise in the specific topic.
Peer-to-peer Mentoring (PPM)
• What to expect: a group initiated by an IWA member who would like to share-learn-network with other IWA members based on a specific topic/ theme.
Examples of themes/ topics: writing in the same book genre, book marketing strategies, staying motivated while writing, skills exchange (ex: PR vs. Organizing), etc.
• Who can participate: each IWA member is encouraged to start and run a Peer Mentoring group, based on his/her needs. The Peer Mentoring groups can have 2 or more members.
• Group format: These are self-directed groups. The members will identify how the group will function, meeting frequency, etc.