Middle way mentoring project

Funded by Arts Council England, the Middle Way Mentoring project was a two year professional development scheme for Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) writers based in the Midlands. Writers received mentoring for a period of twelve months from an experienced writer, and participate din a series of masterclasses designed to develop the craft of writing.

During the second year, the writers begun to focus on completing a portfolio of short stories to send out to prizes, literary journals and to put forward for the scheme’s anthology. Writers participated in a series of workshops and talks delivered by industry experts, received bespoke career coaching and showcased their writing at a number of festivals.

The Middle Way Mentoring project was led by writer and publisher, Farhana Shaikh with the support of a number of partners, including University of Leicester, CAMEo, Writing East Midlands, Writing West Midlands, Dahlia Publishing and Renaissance One.