Jaye Wells

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Mentorship Program

Big news, friends! I am partnering with Writing Workshops Dallas to offer intensive, six-month writing mentorships for novelists.

Mentoring new writers is one of my passions, and I’ve been lucky to teach lots of writers through formal and informal mentorships, workshops, and seminars over the years. However, one of my frustrations has always been the limited timeframes. Writing novels takes time, which requires a true mentorship to last longer than a few weeks or a couple of months.

Luckily, the great people at Writing Workshops Dallas are always looking for new ways to serve the writing community. So when I came to them and said I wanted to try this, they were enthusiastic about the opportunities it presented.

The Basics:

Our interactions will include a monthly seminar on writing craft, one-on-one sessions to discuss challenges and opportunities, monthly critique of submitted manuscript pages, and a private online portal to foster a community of support during the process.

Monthly workshops will meet at The Drawing Board in Richardson, TX. One-on-ones will happen over Skype.

Time Commitment: Six months. Monthly 3-hour seminar. Monthly one-on-one Skype call (approx 30 mins). An hour or so a month to chat in discussion group. And, of course, writing time.

Cohort Size: Up to 6 mentees

Investment: $2900

Deadline for Application: May 1

For the full scoop, check out the application page here. 

FAQ:

Do I have to live in Dallas to be a mentee?

Not at all. Students outside the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, or those who have limited mobility, can work remotely via livestream and Skype.

Will I get a book contract at the end of six months? 

Writing novels is not a get-rich-quick endeavor. Anyone who promises fame or a fat contract to you is not to be trusted. Results depend on both the quality of information you receive from Jaye AND the amount of work you’re willing to put into this. Even if both of those things work out, no one can guarantee that the publishing market will be ready for you project when you’re done with it. Even if you can’t sell this project, you will have a toolbox and experience you can draw on for the next book and all of the ones after that.

Why is Jaye the mentor for me? 

She might not be. Hopefully you’ll do your homework before applying. Read her writing posts here, follow her on Twitter, read her books. If she seems like someone you’ll get along with, then apply. If not, keep working hard or find someone who does seem like a great fit. You deserve to work with someone who supports you and gets your work.

What if I can’t do it this round? 

There will be other opportunities in the future. At this point, we don’t know if the mentorships will be once or twice a year, but keep an eye on Jaye’s social media or join her newsletter for updates.

Any other questions? Email wellswritingworkshop(at)gmail(dot)com

 

Upcoming Classes

I have two upcoming workshops beginning in January 2019. Ask your loved ones for this gift for the New Year. Make 2019 the year you level up in your craft!

Novel 1 (Jan. 14-Mar 4, 2019)

Location: Online

8 Students

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Writing a novel is a complex and time-consuming endeavor that requires mental stamina. Writers who want to master the form need a toolbox of craft techniques, a supportive network, and mentoring from a pro who has been there and can offer proven strategies for success.

Each week, we will explore the fundamental building blocks of novels, including characterization, world building, plotting and story structure, themes, and point of view. In addition, we’ll focus on building the skill of reading like a writer as we analyze a classic published novel and by critiquing each other’s work to underscore craft concepts. Students will have two opportunities to have pages of their novel-in-progress workshopped in a supportive environment with the goal of improving craft, voice, and clarity. In addition, each student will receive one-on-one mentoring from the instructor to address individual goals and challenges.

Intermediate Novel Workshop (January 13-March 3 2019) 6:30pm

Location: The Drawing Board in Richardson, TX

8 Students

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Once you’ve learned the basics of writing novels, there are still lots of tools to master to take your work to the next level. This workshop is for experienced beginners, who has already completed at least one novel manuscript and are actively pursuing publication. Open to all genres.

Topics will include the connection between world building and character, using rhetorical devices to improve your word craft, exploring different methods and systems for novel writing, revision strategies, and interactive workshopping of your story in progress. The goal is to help you level up and address common errors that keep good writers from getting published as well as learning tricks that pros use to make their prose sing.