Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program

Submissions for the Mentorship Program will be available this spring. Please check back in April 2017. Tentative timeline:

April – June submission

June – Nov selection

Nov announce Mentees

March 2018 Program begins.


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Overview of the Program

Who Should Apply 

The Application Process

Important Dates 



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Nevada SCBWI is committed to giving our members the best opportunities to improve their writing and illustrating skills and to get closer to their goals of seeing their works published, or published at a higher level. One of the best ways to learn is to work with a successful professional. Every other year (bi-annually), Nevada SCBWI hosts its flagship Mentor Program, the first of its kind among SCBWI. We arrange for well-published professional children's book creators to work with participants chosen during a blind application process. During each program, each mentor works with a small group of 2 or 3 people. The mentors are making a special commitment of time and insight because they all love to see writers and artists succeed. If you would like to be a participant in this program, a "mentee," you will need to commit the same amount of time, work, and flexibility with the aim of improving your craft.

We are very proud of the eight successful Mentor Programs completed from 2006 through 2016, and we are hard at work getting our ninth program set into motion. Our highly knowledgeable past and current mentors have included National Book Award Finalists, New York Times bestselling authors, Caldecott Medal–winning illustrators, Coretta Scott King Award winners, Charlotte Zolotow Award winners, million-selling series authors, art directors, editors, publishers, and agents. We hand-pick mentors who are gifted both at creating children’s books and at teaching. Many Nevada Mentor Program alumnae have gone on to win awards, land agents, and sign book deals.

This program is designed to help you grow. We cannot guarantee publication. But we can guarantee that you will meet, work personally with, and learn from some fine professional writers and illustrators who are also very skilled in teaching.

The 2018/19 program will soon be in full swing, and we hope you’ll consider applying. In the meantime, check out what the Mentor Program has to offer!



Comments from past programs:


“My eyes were opened up and I learned things
I doubt I would have learned without the Mentor Program.”

“Beyond fantastic.”

“I love my mentor. The things she helped me with were incredible.”

“My book has become a different project altogether, and I've begun to think about writing
in terms of how it will be perceived and what it will mean to the people who read it.”