Applications for this mentorship are accepted year round. Submit an application when you're ready to begin.
*Please do not pay for the mentorship until you receive a formal acceptance notification via email. Payment plans are available for this mentorship program.
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Led by Award-winning children's author Rosie J. Pova! Her books include Sunday Rain, If I Weren't With You, Sarah's Song and her upcoming picture book, The School of Failure: A Story about Success (spring 2022). Rosie's work was also recently featured in The New York Times.
The Ideal Applicant for this mentorship is someone who is at a beginner or intermediate stage, has been writing for children for a while and has some basic understanding of children's publishing, who is regularly reading newly published picture books, and is serious about advancing their skills in children's writing. Applicants must be willing to take critiques, feedback and guidance, commit to doing the work and assignments, and open to learning.
The goal of this mentorship is to guide mentees to completing and polishing at least 3 picture books, crafting a query letter, and coming up with a plan of submitting their work to agents and editors. This collaboration will also aim at helping mentees advance as children's writers, giving them more confidence with the right tools and strategies to grow, moving towards their goals.
How It Works:
You must first submit and application. Upon acceptance into the mentorship program, you will schedule an initial one-on-one call with Rosie to discuss where you are at with your writing and your goals, allowing her to get a sense of your previous experience and attitude toward feedback. Together, you’ll create a work plan for the next three months.
You will then meet with Rosie, by phone, once a month until the end of the program. Prior to these meetings, you will be expected to send a process letter (1-3 pages) detailing the work you have accomplished as well as your successes and concerns for the month. Along with the letter, you will also submit work for direct feedback from Rosie (which she will provide in the form of line edits as well as a formal letter). The number of pages due is flexible per meeting and will depend on the person; the specifics of this can be worked out in the initial conversation and as you go.
Rosie will also be available to answer questions, talk through any issues or blocks you may be having, or provide advice via email once a week during "office hours." By the end, you and Rosie will collaborate to put together a list of publishers where you will send at least one polished story. If you are far enough along in the process of assembling picture books that you plan to soon reach out to agents, Rosie is also willing to help you brainstorm how best to position your collection and assist you in drafting a query letter.
The Three-Month Mentorship Consists of the Following:
- One-on-one initial consultation via phone to discuss your experience, specific needs, and aspirations
- E-mail access to mentor once a week for check-ins and/or office hours for three months
- Monthly meeting between mentor and mentee via phone to discuss latest submission and progress
- Line edits (via Microsoft Word) and formal letter on submitted pages
- Monthly assignments (stories/craft essays/art/films/etc.) tailored to your individual needs and interests
- Plan for querying agents, should the writer be at that stage.
Mentor’s Monthly Input:
- List of assignments
- Guidance on goals and priorities
- One-on-one phone or email check in
- Manuscript critique
- Query letter critique
- Personalized submissions plan as needed
Mentee’s Monthly Responsibilities:
- Complete monthly assignments
- Submit manuscript for critique
- Revise work based on critique
- Do research per Mentor's guidance
- Read 15+ picture books
- Cooperate and work with Mentor in a respectful manner
Candidates who are passionate about writing picture books will greatly benefit from this mentorship and the accountability, structure, support, guidance, and feedback it offers, provided they do the work and complete the entire program. The main focus of this 3-month mentorship will be to craft and polish one picture book per month, assist you in writing a query letter, and come up with a submission plan.
What former mentees are saying. . .
"My experience with Rosie J. Pova as my mentor has been unbelievably helpful. I am a mom and preschool teacher who has had stories and ideas swimming in my head for over a decade. I felt like I just needed the tools to make my stories come together and (maybe one day) get published. Rosie's knowledge of children's writing and the traditional publishing industry has been invaluable to me. She has truly helped pull these stories out of my head and pushed me to write them on paper in a way that I haven't done before. Her 8-week course that I took was also incredibly helpful to break down step by step "how-to" to accomplish this very daunting task of writing children's books. I feel very confident in her process and I hopefully will be one of her true success stories! I cannot recommend working with Rosie enough. If you do the work she assigns and follow what she recommends, you will come out of the mentorship with polished stories you can be proud of. I cannot thank her enough for her support." --Blair W.
Upon application, please email a one or two page picture book writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Full Tuition for the 3-month program is $1,900. Accepted writers must commit to the full three months and meet all assigned deadlines. You can pay the tuition in full or opt for equal monthly payments by selecting Shop Pay or Affirm at checkout. If you decide to create a monthly payment plan using Affirm, you can do so once you add "Full Tuition" to your cart, enter your contact information, and are on the payment page.
Additional Program Information:
You must first submit and application.
Email a one or two page picture book writing sample to email@example.com
Tuition is $1,900
Applications are accepted year round.
The Mentorship is fully online and students may participate from anywhere.
NOTE: Shifting some dates around may be necessary but any changes will be communicated well in advance, if possible.
Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this program.
Instructor Rosie J. Pova is a multi-published, award-winning children's author, poet, speaker, and writing coach. Rosie's latest picture book, Sunday Rain, was released in March 2021, and her upcoming one, The School of Failure: A Story about Success will be released in spring 2022. Rosie also speaks on many women's topics and has appeared on TV, radio and print media.