Indigenous Writers’ Mentorship Program
The Indigenous Writers’ Mentorship Program is run by the NSW Writers’ Centre with the support of Arts NSW and the First Nations Australia Writers’ Network.
The program is designed to support emerging writers in any genre who have had no more than one full-length work professionally published or performed, but who have made substantial progress on a writing project.
The program pairs five emerging Indigenous writers from New South Wales with a senior Indigenous writer for a structured year-long mentorship.
The NSW Writers’ Centre has selected the five emerging writers to participate in its 2015-16 Indigenous mentorship program. They are Barry Cooper for his futuristic crime novel, Kirsty Everett-Malesev for her novel about serious illness, visual artist Emma Hicks for her experimental story telling, Elaine Lomas for her rural romance novel and Donna McLaren for her novel about domestic violence. Each of these talented writers will be mentored for a year by an established Indigenous writer under the leadership of mentor director Cathy Craigie.
In 2014, the inaugural mentorees were Janite Barker, Kodie Bedford, Siv Parker, Robyn Ridgeway and Nardi Simpson (pictured). They were mentored by Larissa Behrendt, Cathy Craigie, Gayle Kennedy, Bruce Pascoe and Nicole Watson.