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Mentoring 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?

How the programme works

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.

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

Reasonable travel expenses will be paid.


To be eligible, you will need to demonstrate a commitment to writing and have examples of your work, published or unpublished, ready to submit to your mentor.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 and all forms of writing will be considered, and we intend to select at least one young person (14-26) as part of the scheme.

How to apply

To apply, please send the following details to

  • 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

Please contact us on 01988 402036 if you have any questions.

The deadline for our 2018 programme has now passed. Applications for our next intake will be invited in 2019.

Supported by Creative Scotland