Writing Mentorship

THE BOUND MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

Want to complete your manuscript in 2019?

We invite you to sign up for Bound’s new mentorship program, which begins January 15, 2019. Set your writing goals for the new year, and complete that manuscript under the guidance of Bound’s editors.

What it entails:

Six writers will start the program in January, and work with Bound’s editors over three to six months to complete a draft of their book project. Each writer will be matched up with a primary editor based on the nature of their writing project. The editor will handhold the writer through the five stages of our specially designed program.

After an initial meeting, we will design a unique curriculum adapted to your personal goals. We evaluate your progress during monthly in-person meetings, and schedule weekly phone-calls to check-in. We remain sensitive to your vision for the project throughout.

Apart from providing feedback on the writing, our editors will help you overcome emotional challenges such as writer’s block, and finding creative inspiration. Editors provide advice on everything from conducting research to writing pitch letters. We believe that each writer is unique, and want to partner with you at every stage of your journey.

Think of us as your personal gym trainers, but with less sweating!

What our mentorship program includes:

Notes and feedback on writing in-progress.

  • Editors will read and annotate your work for the duration of the six-month program.
  • We don’t believe there is such a thing as ‘good writing’ or ‘bad writing.’ We aim to help our writers find their voice, and communicate their ideas effectively.
  • Bound editors act as sounding boards, and help their writers brainstorm at any stage in the writing process where they may feel stuck.

Personalized curriculum with writing prompts, writing exercises, and reading material.

  • Our editors will suggest reading material based on your genre, writing style, and research interests.

Help with outlining your project, and clarifying your creative ambitions.

  • Through our conversations, our editors help writers learn more about themselves as writers and creators.

Weekly check-ins over the phone to evaluate progress.

  • We love hearing about our writers’ creative rituals, and their writing process. By engaging in regular dialogue about their progress, our editors uncover patterns and help writers overcome obstacles that may arise such as writer’s block.

Monthly in-person meeting to provide feedback on the writing in-process (provided Bound’s editor and the writer are in the same city).

  • Topics on which our editors can provide advice and guidance include creative blocks, increasing productivity, overcoming procrastination, research, structuring the manuscript, tone and voice, pitching and submitting work, book marketing and publishing.

One final developmental edit at the end of the program.

Editors will be available to help writers compose a pitch letter.

Writers will have the opportunity to receive notes from our other editors.

  

Why Bound?

 

Our Mentorship Philosophy:

We consider ourselves caretakers of our writers’ inner artist, and are sensitive to their writing voice, and working style. Our philosophy is one of listening, encouraging and building our writers’ creative confidence.

We nurture our writers’ creative spirits while remaining committed to seeing tangible results in the form of pages written.

Who is the writing mentorship program for? 

Our intention is to work with anyone who is serious and passionate about manifesting their goals, and completing a writing project of any nature, whether fiction or non-fiction.  

This could be a novel, a collection of short stories, narrative journalism, lyric essays, a memoir, or even a book-length record of your family history. We accept writers at all levels, and in all genres. Whether you are a first-time writer, or have already completed a manuscript and are hoping to jumpstart your next book, our mentorship program can be modified to meet your specific needs.

Tara Khandelwal

Editor and journalist. Graduate of Columbia University and alumnus of Times of India, Penguin, BloombergQuint, SheThePeople.TV, and Harper Collins New York. Freelance editor with [Writers Side, Eyewear, Rupa]

Avani

Avani Udgaonkar has a Masters degree in English literature. She works as an editor and is currently based out of New Delhi.

Anushka

Anushka Jasraj is a short story writer from Bombay. She was awarded the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Asia in 2012 and 2017. She was a 2015-16 fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and was awarded the 2017 Stars at Night emerging writer award by American Short Fiction. Her interests include tarot, ashtanga yoga, and books.

Apart from being lovers of literature, our editors have years of experience and training in editorial services, and curriculum design. With our background in organizing writing workshops, we are able to offer the opportunity for writers to improve their writing craft through exercises and assigned readings.

We hold our writers accountable, and push them to reach their full potential. Additionally, we encourage writers to build a community with each other, and become each other’s readers for life.

 

Stages of the Writer’s Journey with Bound

Depending on the initial assessment, and individual needs, writers will spend anywhere from one to six weeks on each stage of the mentorship journey.

1)   The Call to Write:

Work past your initial resistance to writing, whether that occurs in the form of writer’s block, procrastination, or a fear of rejection.

Understand your individual writing rhythms, and form writing rituals and habits. Set daily, weekly, and monthly goals that are achievable based on your individual style.

 

2)   Crossing the First Threshold:

Use free-writing exercises to generate ideas.

Set up a research plan, or a relevant reading list.

 

3)   Belly of the Whale:

Start writing the first draft of the manuscript.

Identify writing strengths and weaknesses through weekly check-ins with Bound editors.

Work on individualized writing tasks and reading exercises to improve your craft.

 

4)   The Road of Trials:

Receive a developmental edit, and begin revising the manuscript.

Learn the process of pitching and submitting excerpts of your work to magazines.

 

5)   The Magic Flight: 

Writers will have found their stride, and be in the flow of writing their book. At this stage, we will assess whether more time is needed, or writers may choose to graduate from our mentorship program.

Writers meet to celebrate the completion of the program.

 

Previous writers from Bound’s Writing Retreat have been published in Indian Quarterly, while others have gone on to publish poetry books and non-fiction. Regardless of whether the manuscript is completed, we hope our writers will have found skills and habits they can take with them moving forward in their creative lives.

 

Writing Mentorship FAQ

What will I leave with?

  • We ask that our writers focus on setting reasonable goals for themselves, and believe everyone has their own writing process. At the end of our program, you will have a better understanding of your individual process, and will have formed a writing practice that suits your rhythms. We help our writers build discipline, and discover their voice.
  • Personalized book recommendations and writing exercises created by Bound editors.
  • Detailed five-page assessment of your progress over the course of the program, which includes notes about your writing strengths and weaknesses.
  • A developmental edit, if you complete a draft of your manuscript.
  • A community of other Bound Mentorship Program alumnae.
  • Access to Bound’s exclusive writing resources, master class videos, and Facebook groups.

 

What happens during the weekly phone-call?

Writers are asked to set aside thirty minutes every week at a fixed time in order to check-in with their editor. During the phone-call, writers will talk about whether they met their goals for the week, and any challenges they encountered. If the writer had sent in work to be reviewed, the editor will provide feedback. This is also an opportunity to discuss any writing exercises, reading material, or other tasks the editor and writer may have decided upon. At the end of the check-in, writers will set their goals for the upcoming week.

 

How do I sign up?

Send us an email with a sample of your writing, and a few lines about the book project you have in mind. Maybe you have a research interest, but don’t know whether you want to write a novella or an academic monograph – that’s fine too! We’ll set up a phone-call or meeting to provide an initial assessment of how we would work with you, and what we could offer.

 

Do I need to submit a writing sample?

A writing sample helps, but isn’t necessary. We accept writers on a first-come-first-served basis, depending on the number of seats available in a given month.