ASA Mentorships

Have a first draft but don’t know how to improve it? Need help with structure or character development? Looking for professional support to strengthen your manuscript?

The ASA offers mentorships to all published and unpublished writers and picture book illustrators with a work-in-progress. Writers work closely with their chosen mentor for a set number of hours within a particular time period, to help bring their work to a publishable standard. Discussion may take place in person and/or via phone, Skype and email.

About our mentors

The ASA currently has around 30 mentors available to work with you. The ASA only employs multi-published authors and illustrators or editors with at least five years of professional experience as mentors.

Applicants may nominate their mentor of choice from our mentors' register.

Browse the mentors register


Mentorships can be purchased in five-hour blocks. Please note the time you purchase includes the reading time for your manuscript.

Time ASA Members Non-members
5 hours $600 $655
10 hours $1010 $1065
15 hours $1425 $1480
20 hours $1835 $1890
25 hours $2250 $2305
30 hours $2660 $2715

All prices include GST.

All writers and illustrators can apply to our fee-paying mentorship program above. The ASA also runs an annual award mentorship program which offers 13 free mentorships to emerging writers and illustrators.

Find out more about award mentorships

Apply for a fee-paying mentorship

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