Applications are now open for our second mentorship!

This year, we are excited to be able to bring you a special opportunity to work with established and experienced writers to develop your skills and gain feedback on your work. We will be running three paid mentorships throughout the year with support from ArtsACT.

Our second mentor this year is writer and editor Jessica Friedmann whose debut work, Things That Helped (Scribe, 2017) explores experiences of extreme postpartum depression in a series of poignant essays. Jessica Friedmann’s writing as also appeared in The Lifted Brow, Smith Journal, Voiceworks, The Age and more.

How it will work:

If your application is successful, you will work with Jessica to develop a piece of fiction or non-fiction work, no longer than 2500 words.

You will have two face-to-face meetings over the course of two months (July and August) to discuss and work on your piece. We will provide editing support, and the final piece will be published on our site.

This is a paid opportunity. We believe in the importance of artists being financially supported for their work, so the successful applicant will receive a fee of $200.

How to apply:

Send an email to writetoscissorspaperpen@gmail.com, with the subject “Mentorship with Jessica Friedmann” that includes the following:

A short statement on why you are applying for this opportunity, and why you think you would be suited to working with this mentor,

A sample of previous work up to 500 words, and

Your CV, including any links to previously published work.

This opportunity is open to all emerging writers under 35 in the ACT region.*

Applications close at midnight on Friday 21 July.

* Scissors Paper Pen is a collective for writers under the age of 35 who live in the ACT region, which includes Yass, Young, Goulburn, Braidwood, Collector, Queanbeyan and them other close-by places. You can be a 15 year old regional school student and apply, you can be a 22 year old public servant and apply, you can be a 34 year old mechanic and apply. Importantly, we especially welcome applications from minority groups. Scissors Paper Pen prides its self on creating safe spaces for marginalised voices to be read and heard.

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