Mentoring opportunities for writers in Dumfries & Galloway


Are you a writer living in Dumfries & Galloway looking to develop your work with the help of professional advice and support? Why not apply for Wigtown Festival Company’s mentoring programme? Applications are still open for our 2018 intake.

If your application is successful, you will be matched with a mentor according to your particular needs, for a constructive dialogue about your work and advice on future development opportunities. Our mentors are all professional writers.

To be eligible, you will need to demonstrate a commitment to writing and have examples of your work, published or unpublished, ready to submit to your mentor. For example, three to four chapters of a novel or several short stories/poems; or a strong synopsis, character outlines and first chapter.

Applications from writers of all ages will be considered and we intend to select at least one young person (14-26) as part of the scheme. Reasonable travel expenses will be paid.


To apply, please send the following details to isla@wigtownbookfestival.com:

* 1000-word sample of your writing (or equivalent for poets)

* 500-word statement, specifying why you would benefit from free mentoring and detailing experience to date

* Full contact details and any other supporting, relevant information

Closing date 5pm 16 November 2018.

Supported by Creative Scotland.


Wigtown Festival Company - the organisation that runs Wigtown Book Festival - supports Dumfries & Galloway's literature sector, helping writers fulfil their potential, and creating opportunities for young people to enjoy and learn through writing and storytelling.

Our organisation is based in Scotland’s National Book Town, Wigtown, a remote rural community of just under 1,000 people. This page covers creative opportunities - for jobs and opportunities with Wigtown Festival Company itself please see our recruitment page.

We are currently redeveloping this area of the website, please check back soon for more opportunities.