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 third and final mentor this year is L.J.M. Owen: trained archaeologist and qualified librarian with a PhD in palaeogenetics and author of the archaeological mystery series, Dr Pimms, Intermillenial Sleuth. 

How the mentorship will work:

If your application is successful, you will work with L.J.M. Owen to develop a piece of fiction or non-fiction work, no longer than 2,500 words.

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

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 L.J.M. Owen” 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 (if any).

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

Applications close at midnight on Sunday 7 January 2018.

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DR L.J.M. OWEN has escaped dark and shadowy days as a public servant by exploring the comparatively lighter side of life:  murder, mystery and forgotten women’s history. A Canberra-based author, archaeologist and librarian with a PhD in palaeogenetics, L.J.’s focus is on transforming science and history into accessible fiction with a broad appeal.

A passionate advocate for reclaiming women’s history, L.J. incorporates human genetics, forensic techniques and ancient cultures in her Australian-set mystery series: Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth. Following on from Olmec Obituary (2015) and Mayan Mendacity (2016), L.J. will publish the third book in the series, Egyptian Enigma, in 2018.


* 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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