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.
What does the mentorship program cost?
We offer the option of a three-month or a six-month program, with a monthly payment of ₹11,600.