Are you a BAME, Disabled or Deaf, Low-income or LGBTQI+ poet who lives, works or studies in the West Midlands region?

The Dynamo mentoring scheme is now closed for applications. First launched in 2016, it offers the successful writers feedback on their poems, advice on the next steps with their writing career and guidance on publishing.

The Dynamo mentoring scheme will provide free of charge one-to-one mentoring with experienced poet and editor at Nine Arches Press, Jane Commane. The scheme is being targeted at communities who are currently under-represented in poetry publishing and in contemporary poetry in general – for example; disabled, low-income, BAME and LGBTQI+ poets. This is a pilot scheme, offered in partnership with Writing West Midlands, for poets living, working or studying in the West Midlands.

The first mentoring session will involve an editorial assessment of up to four poems, plus discussion about routes open to new and emerging poets, advice on publishing and a chance to discuss next steps in creative development of poetry and building a track-record of publication and profile. A second mentoring session is offered by telephone to maintain support at the six-month stage to each mentee.

“Having a mentor who looked at my own personal works has been a great help. This is because I feel that my mentor, Jane, has looked carefully at my individual poems and has noted even tiny details for improvement.

“I gained insight on how others can view my work therefore allowing me to view my work from their perspective too. From our mentoring session, I have picked up different ways how to edit my work for improvement. A really enjoyable and valuable scheme!” – Dynamo mentee

Applications are now closed. Those who have already applied will receive a response by the end of October on the outcome of your submission.


Personal data: Please note that we do ask for some personal information on this form to assess need and help us allocate the ten mentorships. All information you give on this form will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not be shared with any third party outside of Nine Arches Press and Writing West Midlands during the selection process.

Please note: we expect there to be high demand for the mentoring scheme and sadly cannot give individual feedback to unsuccessful applicants. All decisions are final.


About the mentor:
Jane Commane is editor and publisher at Nine Arches Press, and a poet herself. She has worked on the editing and publication of over sixty poetry publications in the last nine years, and co-edited Under the Radar magazine since 2008.

She has led workshops everywhere from riverbanks and orchards to haunted castles, and taught in venues across the region and nationally, as well as mentoring a range of poets at all stages of their careers.



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