Friday, April 06, 2007

Writer seeks help

In an effort to bridge the gap between the masters of the craft and my own writing I have applied to the inaugural Australian Horror Writers Associations mentorship program.
This program pairs a young writer with one of the countries best Australian horror writers for a three-month period as a mentor.
This mentor then works through a number of submitted stories from the young writer, identifying strengths and weaknesses and working to improve their writing style.
As I mentioned in my application, I have been very lucky to have a number of my stories published in the past year or so, but still find myself rejected from the higher paying pro-markets. If selected I hope that this program can help identify what I need to do to my own writing to take it to the next level.
Sure there are plenty of writing courses out there, I've done a couple of them, but this is the only one I know which focusses on the horror genre.
I'd advise any young horror writers to go to the AHWA website, join (it's only open to members) and apply for the mentorship program. Where else are you going to get the opportunity to be personally tutored by writers of the calibar of Rob Hood, Lee Battersby, Kaaron Warren, Cat Sparks, Paul Haines, David Carroll, Shane Jiraiya Cummings, Stephen Dedman and Martin Livings?



Blogger Matthew Tait said...

Your words are cool. Just makes me feel like what we're doing is not ordainry, but something special. I think, hoestly, that people like you and me a starting a new genre and industry in Austrlia ...


We're tied in fith place? What hell does that mean?

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Blogger Mark Smith said...

I'm not sure if I'm starting it. Maybe just tagging along for the ride.

As with the fifth place thing, the names were in alphabetical order so I'm not sure if that was us or not. Maybe we scrapped through with one vote each :)

1:48 pm  

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