2014 was SCBWI Carolinas inagural mentorship program. Four mentors worked with four mentees to help bring their work closer to the point of publication. You will have the opportunity to hear from all eight individuals at the panel moderated by John Claude Bemis on Saturday night.
According to Stephanie Greene, coordinator of the newly-developed program, "It certainly seemed, from everything both the mentors and mentees said to me, that it was a great success."
Here are some comments from the mentors:
Lisa Kline, why did you want to do be a mentor?
Seriously, I had an excellent experience with my mentee. I became deeply engaged in her manuscript and am excited to see where she goes with it.
Linda Ashman, why did you want to be a mentor?
When I started out, so many people helped me. It's an honor to pay that kindness forward. I loved the idea of being able to help an aspiring children's book author's work grow.
What was good about the program?
My favorite part of the mentoring program was working with my mentee to hone her work through multiple rounds of revisions. One rewrite is never enough. My mentee did her assignments promptly and thoroughly. She took each revision seriously, using the suggestions that resonated with her and staying firm on parts she felt strongly about. It was rewarding to see her story bloom.
Another great part of the program was that it wasn't limited to critiquing stories. I encouraged my mentee in other ways including giving her tips on reading and dissecting picture books like a writer and polishing her cover letters. The mentorship program was a wonderful experience. I would be happy to participate again.
Monika Schroeder, why did you want to be a mentor?
Stephanie Greene concluded, "A feeling of success and progress was shared by both the Mentors and their students during our first year of the Mentoring program. From conversations I had with all of the mentors, it's obvious that they felt their students had worked hard, made considerable progress, and were all left in a good position from which to complete the revision of whatever manuscript they'd spent the four months working on together. In their comments to me, the students indicated that they felt it was a rigorous program, complete with ambitious deadlines they'd set with their mentors, and that their schedules had led to real and serious revision work.
"Revision is the most important part of the writing process. It's very exciting to have completed the first year of our Mentoring program and we're all looking forward to next year."