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Compass: Mentoring for writers in Dumfries & Galloway

Applications for the Compass 2021-22 mentoring programme are now closed. Please check back in the autumn to apply for our next intake.

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 Compass, Wigtown Festival Company’s mentoring programme? 

This year, we'll be doing things slightly differently. To ensure a fairer selection process, this year we'll be separating out our mentoring programme into two separate categories: one for young writers aged 14-25 and one for writers aged 26 and above.

How the programme works

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

Mentorships can be flexible and adapted to the needs of the individual, but typically take the form of 2-3 meetings alongside a written evaluation of your work carried out within a 3-month time frame. 

This year's mentees can choose to have their mentoring delivered online or in person (subject to government advice at the time).


To be eligible, you must be resident in Dumfries & Galloway and able to demonstrate a commitment to writing, and have examples of your work, published or unpublished, ready to submit to your mentor.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 will be considered from writers aged 14+, working in all forms of writing.

How to apply

Please ensure you submit the following information along with the online application form for the appropriate category:

  • A writing sample of up to 1500 words (or equivalent for poets)
  • A 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

If you're aged 26 and above, please complete the application process by clicking here.

If you're aged 14-25, please complete the application process by clicking here.

Download our Frequently Asked Questions here. 

Please contact us on 01988 403222 or if you have any questions.

The deadline for 2021-22 applications was Tuesday 30 November 2021.

Supported by Creative Scotland