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Mentoring Scheme 2019

Some would kill for this brilliant opportunity, but you don’t have to…For all those budding writers with a particular interest in crime novels, this is a chance to be mentored by some of the best in the business for twelve months. No mystery to solve here. Just apply! 

Killer Women, a group of 20 leading UK crime writers, is launching a new initiative to support emerging female crime writers from BAME and working-class backgrounds.

The Killer Women 2019 Mentoring Scheme is offering four women, looking to write crime fiction, the opportunity to receive expert mentorship by four published authors at the top of their game. Each mentor will read work in progress, and offer advice and support, including up to 12 hours of one-to-one contact time.

The scheme is open to UK women (18+) from BAME and/or working class backgrounds who want to write a full-length novel in the crime, psychological thriller or suspense genres.


  • A year’s free mentoring by an experienced, published crime writer, taking the mentee from synopsis to first draft manuscript
  • Two tickets to the Killer Women Festival of Crime Writing and Drama in London in March 2020 (worth approx. £100); a great opportunity to network with leading crime writers, publishers, editors and agents. UK travel and accommodation to be paid where appropriate
  • The Good Literary Agency will read and comment on mentees’ work.
  • A commissioning editor from HQ, an imprint of HarperCollins, will read and comment on mentees’ work with a view to possible publication
  • Exclusive workshops from The Good Literary Agency, Ann Cleeves and others


  • Follow this link to apply
  • In your application, state that you heard about this opportunity through the Creative Access website

This scheme is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by The Reading Agency, Creative Access, HQ (an imprint of Harper Collins) and The Good Literary Agency.