Friday, February 9, 2018

Mentor Program FAQ

This will be expanded as needed.
Contact us on Twitter @HandUnPen or via email if you have more questions.

Do I quality as disabled or neurodivergent enough?

Do you have a good reason you claim the disabled and/or neurodivergent labels for yourself?  If so, you probably qualify.

Can I apply as a mentor in one genre and a mentee in another?

If you fit requirements for both, you can apply to be both. Your status as either will be looked at individually.

How much money does the program cost?

The program is free.  Mentors are volunteers who wish to help other disabled and/or neurodivergent people succeed in their literary goals.

What happens if a mentor or mentee becomes ill or injured and can't participate?

Mentors can post that they're open to applications again if their mentee is unable to finish the term (should they choose).

Mentees are allowed to pitch to other available mentors immediately.

What if I apply as a mentee and don't get picked?  

If you meet the eligibility requirements, you can try the same mentor again (during another term with a different writing sample) or pitch other available mentors immediately.

I'm 16.  Can I apply? 

We have a mentor for teen poets and speculative flash writers. "Teens" are defined as people ages thirteen to seventeen. Hopefully, we will add more in the future. 

I'm not American.  Can I apply?

Yes!  Anyone writing in English can apply.

Are the people picking mentors and the like going to be mentors themselves?

Yes (this changed in 2020).

Why isn't the program open year-round anymore?

I'm a solo operator and lack the energy to keep everything spinning all year. I hope this is a good compromise.

So... "multiply marginalized" writers are "especially encouraged" to apply.  I'm a straight, white male.  Why aren't you welcoming me?

We want our mentor program to reflect our community.  It means my straight, white dudes are welcome.  It means my Asian enby folx are welcome.  It means anyone who works on their craft and is disabled and/or neurodivergent is welcome.

Unless you're a pompous jerk, that is.  Why is saying other people are "especially encouraged" to apply mean you aren't "encouraged"?  Think on that a bit and get back to me.

What if my mentor/mentee is threatening or abusive?

We will investigate any allegations we receive.  Abuse, bigotry, and harassment are not allowed here!

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