SCBWI Mentorship Programs

 

Get Mentored or become a Mentor!

Many SCBWI regions offer mentorship programs that match established members with up-and-coming authors and illustrators. Some of these programs are open to just members in a particular region, others are open to any SCBWI member. You will find details and contact information for each program below. If you are a professional interested in becoming a mentor please see those guidelines below.

 

GUIDELINES FOR MENTEES

 

ALABAMA, GEORGIA, FLORIDA PANHANDLE

Description and/or Focus

For illustrators: annually in conjunction with Illustrator's Day,  professional illustrators are mentors and act as art directors to the first 12 people to sign up for the mentorship program in conjunction with Illustrators' Day.

For writers: Buddy Program for conferences.

Guidelines for Entry

For illustrators: Must be SCBWI member, must be one of first 12 to register for Illustrator's Day.

For writers: Must be an SCBWI member attending a conference for the first time.

Fee

For illustrators: Depends, none to $50

For writers: none

Contact Person

For illustrators: Elizabeth O. Dulemba (elizabethdulemba@mac.com)

For writers: Dori Kleber (dori@dorikleber.com)

 

 

 

ARIZONA

Description and/or Focus

New annual program as of summer 2014, open all year, all genres accepted, highly qualified professional mentors in all formats and text types. Specific guidelines available. Matches based on mentor availability.

Guidelines for Entry

Must be an SCBWI member.

Fee

Depends on genre

Contact Person

Michelle Parker-Rock, RA (regionaladvisor@scbwi-az.org)

 

AUSTIN, TX

Description and/or Focus

Annual program, all writers, called the Cynthia Leitich Smith Writing Mentor Award.

Guidelines for Entry

Must sign up for paid critique at the annual conference, each critiquer chooses favorite and those finalists are announced at the conference; year's mentor chooses winner and works with winner for a year.

Fee

None except for critique fee

Contact Person

Samantha Clark, RA (austin@scbwi.org)

 

CALIFORNIA (NORTHERN AND CENTRAL)

Description and/or Focus

Two annual programs, one for PB and one for MG/YA.

Guidelines for Entry

Must be a member of the region, must submit an application, written work, letter of volunteerism/reason for applying.

Fee

PB = $350, MG/YA = $950

Contact Information

scbwicanorthcentral@gmail.com, newmanbooks@live.com

 

CALIFORNIA: SAN DIEGO

Description and/or Focus

Focus and timing changes depending upon needs and interests of the region (could be picture book, MG, YA, NF, illustration)

Guidelines for Entry

Must be a member of the region to participate, must meet with mentor three times/year

Fee

Ranges depending upon focus of mentorship, from $200 up

Contact Person

Janice Yuwiler, co-RA (jyuwiler@gmail.com)

 

COLORADO/WYOMING

Description and/or Focus

Annual program

Guidelines for Entry

Must be member of the region, submit application and written work or portfolio.

Fee

$400

Contact Person

Michelle Begly Pumpfrey (todd.tuell@rmcscbwi.org)

 

IOWA

Description and/or Focus

Every other year, frequency and focus changes depending upon mentor availability (PB, MG, YA)

Guidelines for Entry

Must be an SCBWI member, but does not need to be a member of the region, must submit application, written work or portfolio, might use a manuscript submitted for critique at a conference, is a competitive process.

Fee

None — valued at up to $1200 based on critiquers' fees for normal (non-mentorship) critiques.

Contact Person

Connie Heckert, RA (hecklit@aol.com)

 

MICHIGAN

Description and/or Focus

Annual program, focus rotates each year (PB, MG, YA, illustration)

Guidelines for Entry

Must be a member of the region, must be pre-published in that category, must submit a written work/portfolio and application, is a competitive process.

Fee

Varies

Contact Person

Catherine Bieberich, Mentorship Coordinator (bieberichwoman@yahoo.com)

 

MINNESOTA

Description and/or Focus

Annual program for writers and for illustrators

Guidelines for Entry

Must be SCBWI member

Fee

Annual conference fee waived and one year free membership.

Contact Person

Quinette Cook, RA (studio@quinettecook.com)

 

 

 

MISSOURI

Description and/or Focus

Annual program (PB, MG, YA, NF), 2015 is PB fiction or nonfiction called the Ellen Dolan Mentorship for Writers.

Guidelines for Entry

For 2015, must be unpublished in picture books, must be a member of the region, must submit application and written work, is a competitive process, winner receives free registration to regional conference.

Fee

None

Contact Person

Kim Piddington, RA (missouri@scbwi.org)

 

NEVADA

Description and/or Focus

6 month mentorship, every other year on an 18 month cycle (PB, MG, YA, NF, Illustration), blind application process

Guidelines for Entry

Must be SCBWI member, but does not need to be a member of the region, can be a member worldwide, must submit an application and/or portfolio

Fee

$1350 includes two full weekend retreats with mentors and guest editors/agents, plus the 6 months of mentorship with one full manuscript/portfolio revision.

Contact Person

Tracy Clark (tlctracyclark@gmail.com)

 

 

 

NORTHERN OHIO

Description and/or Focus

Annually if needed, depending upon mentor availability and what regional instruction gaps there may be.

Guidelines for Entry

Does not need to be a member of the region, must submit an application.

Fee

Varies – decision based on proposal/contract

Contact Person

Victoria Selvaggio, RA (vselvaggio@windstream.net)

 

 

 

WISCONSIN

Description and/or Focus

Annual program, focus rotates each year (PB, MG, YA, NF, Illustration)

Guidelines for Entry

Must be a member of the region, must submit application and written work or portfolio

Fee

None

Contact Person

Julie Shaull (shaull@danenet.org)

 


GUIDELINES FOR MENTORS

 

 

 

ALABAMA, GEORGIA, FLORIDA PANHANDLE

Description and/or Focus

For illustrators: annually in conjunction with Illustrator's Day,  professional illustrators are mentors and act as art directors to the first 12 people to sign up for the mentorship program in conjunction with Illustrators' Day. For writers there is a new Buddy Program for conferences.

Guidelines for Entry

For writers: Must be an SCBWI member for three years or more and attended at least two Southern Breeze regional conferences, can volunteer

For illustrators: Must be PAL or must be a working art director in the children's publishing industry, may be recommended, at Illustrator Coordinator's discretion.

Compensation

For illustrators: Monetary compensation and Illustrator's Day conference fees waived for current year and following year.

For writers: Conference tuition waived.

Contact Person

For illustrators: Elizabeth O. Dulemba (elizabethdulemba@mac.com)

For writers: Julie Shaull (shaull@danenet.org)

 

 

 

ARIZONA

Description and/or Focus

New annual program as of summer 2014, open all year, all genres accepted, highly qualified professional mentors in all formats and text types. Specific guidelines available. Matches based on mentor availability.

Guidelines for Entry

Must be an SCBWI PAL author or author/illustrator in good standing in any SCBWI region, previous experience critiquing/mentoring, but if not and otherwise qualified, may be willing to train, able to work within the given framework and timeframe for each assignment, well-read and published in the genre/ level of mentoring assignment with favorable published reviews, articulate and constructive in giving written and verbal feedback, guidelines will be provided, submit an application to be considered.

Compensation

Depends on genre

Contact Person

Michelle Parker-Rock, RA (regionaladvisor@scbwi-az.org)

 

 

 

AUSTIN, TX

Description and/or Focus

Annual program, all writers, called the Cynthia Leitich Smith Writing Mentor Award.

Guidelines for Entry

Must be published and willing to mentor winning writer for a year, including but not limited to 1 full manuscript critique and questions answered via email throughout the year in accordance with mentor's schedule

Compensation

Free year's membership and promotion of books at annual conference and links to website from our award information page

Contact Person

Samantha Clark, RA (austin@scbwi.org)

 

 

 

CALIFORNIA (NORTHERN AND CENTRAL)

Description and/or Focus

Two annual programs, one for PB and one for MG/YA.

Guidelines for Entry

Must be a published member, may be recommended.

Compensation

Monetary compensation depending on the genre.

Contact Information

scbwicanorthcentral@gmail.com, newmanbooks@live.com

 

CALIFORNIA: SAN DIEGO

Description and/or Focus

Focus and timing changes depending upon needs and interests of the region (could be picture book, MG, YA, NF, illustration)

Guidelines for Entry

Must be publsihed member and live in mentee's region, may be recommended.

Compensation

Ranges, full fee paid by mentee.

Contact Person

Janice Yuwiler, co-RA (jyuwiler@gmail.com)

 

COLORADO/WYOMING

Description and/or Focus

Annual program

Guidelines for Entry

Must be published member in the Colorado/Wyoming reigon, may volunteer

Compensation

$400

Contact Person

Michelle Begly Pumpfrey (todd.tuell@rmcscbwi.org)

 

IOWA

 

 

Description and/or Focus

Every other year, frequency and focus changes depending upon mentor availability (PB, MG, YA)

Guidelines for Entry

Must be a published member, may volunteer.

Compensation

Free entry into events and conferences.

Contact Person

Connie Heckert, RA (hecklit@aol.com)

 

 

 

MICHIGAN

Description and/or Focus

Annual program, focus rotates each year (PB, MG, YA, illustration)

Guidelines for Entry

Must be a published member of the region, may volunteer or be recommended.

Compensation

Varies, full fee paid by mentee.

Contact Person

Catherine Bieberich, Mentorship Coordinator (bieberichwoman@yahoo.com)

 

MINNESOTA

Description and/or Focus

Annual program for writers and for illustrators

Guidelines for Entry

Must be a published member, may volunteer.

Compensation

Conference fees and membership fees waived.

Contact Person

Quinette Cook, RA (studio@quinettecook.com)

 

 

 

MISSOURI

Description and/or Focus

Annual program (PB, MG, YA, NF), 2015 is PB fiction or nonfiction called the Ellen Dolan Mentorship for Writers.

Guidelines for Entry

Must be published, must live in mentee's region, may be recommended, may volunteer

Compensation

$100 and free conference registration

Contact Person

Kim Piddington, RA (missouri@scbwi.org)

 

NEVADA

Description and/or Focus

6 month mentorship, every other year on an 18 month cycle (PB, MG, YA, NF, Illustration), blind application process

Guidelines for Entry

Must be a published member, may be recommended, may volunteer, selected by RA

Compensation

Monetary compensation, travel expenses to retreats, lodging and meals for the retreat weekends, and honorarium that varies with the experience and expertise of the mentors

Contact Person

Tracy Clark (tlctracyclark@gmail.com)

 

 

 

NORTHERN OHIO

Description and/or Focus

Annually if needed, depending upon mentor availability and what regional instruction gaps there may be.

Guidelines for Entry

Must be a published member of the region, must submit an application.

Compensation

Varies – decision based on proposal/contract

Contact Person

Victoria Selvaggio, RA (vselvaggio@windstream.net)

 

 

 

WISCONSIN

Description and/or Focus

Annual program, focus rotates each year (PB, MG, YA, NF, Illustration)

Guidelines for Entry

Must be a published member of the Wisconsin region, may volunteer

Compensation

Conference fees waived

Contact Person

Julie Shaull (shaull@danenet.org)