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.
Posters are available to libraries to promote the initiative.
Melanie McGrath and Louise Millar, Co-founders of Killer Women: ‘Killer Women was set up to amplify and support female voices in crime fiction. This year we are delighted to be launching a mentoring scheme to support talented new writers in two of the most under-represented groups within our genre.’
The scheme offers the opportunity for four women seeking to write crime fiction to be expertly mentored, from synopsis to first draft manuscript, by four published authors at the top of their game. The mentors are: Jane Casey, Tammy Cohen, Emma Kavanagh-Jones and Colette McBeth. 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 supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and supported by Creative Access, HQ, The Reading Agency, The Good Literary Agency, Stoke Newington Literary Festival and Bradford Literary Festival.
Order by 24 April.