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  • The Adroit Journal’s Summer Mentorship Program is an entirely free and online program that pairs experienced writers with high school and secondary students (as of the current academic year) interested in learning more about the creative writing processes of drafting, redrafting and editing. The 2017 program will cater to the literary genres of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. The aim of the mentorship program is not formalized instruction, but rather an individualized, flexible, and often informal correspondence. Poetry mentorship students will share weekly work with mentors and peers, while prose mentorship students will share biweekly work with mentors and peers.We are very proud of our alumni. Students have subsequently been recognized through the National YoungArts Foundation & United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts designation, the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and the Foyle Young Poet of the Year Awards, among a plethora of others. Click here to view the mentorship alumni college list.

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  • Application Process:

    The 2017 Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program will evaluate student applications on a rolling basis via our submission manager. Please note that applications for this year’s program will be accepted from March 16, 2017 until seats are filled or until April 7, 2017, whichever comes first. Therefore, applications received earlier in the window are more likely to receive strong consideration. Applications for this year’s mentorship program consist of two mandatory parts—a Writer’s Statement and a Writing Sample. The Writer’s Statement should detail the applicant’s specific interest in pursuing the Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program. What is it about our program and mission that piques your interest? Why this workshop? How would you spend your time with us? We want to know. Aim for between 1-1.5 pages double spaced, and don’t be afraid to be creative and original. We like that. While we of course suggest mentioning your experience and accomplishment with the writing and workshop processes, we will evaluate applications looking primarily for demonstrated passion and interest. We’d also like to suggest that you review the mission, ambition, and content of the journal for inspiration, if you find yourself stuck. The Writing Sample should consist of between four and five poems or between eight and ten pages of fiction or nonfiction (excerpts acceptable). If you wish to do so, you may also upload an Academic Transcript to supplement your application. Please see next page for additional application guidelines. Students who wish to apply to multiple genres may do so by utilizing both the First Choice and Second Choice options in the mentorship application form linked below. Important: If you wish to apply to more than one genre, please include two complete writing samples, one for each genre, with your second-choice genre following your first. Each year, students ask for tips. Here’s the biggest one we can give: in the statement, tell us why you want to spend your summer in this program, rather than simply in a summer program writing or reading or editing. Again, why ours? As always, the more specifics, the better. Applicants should possess firm work ethic and some familiarity with the writing and workshop process, and should be comfortable with receiving (and giving) commentary and critique. Applicants should also possess the will to explore and improve! At the end of the day, we are looking for the best potential: the writers with the drive to explore and discuss, the courage to delete and leap, and the determination to apply what they discover to future work.

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    high school and secondary school studentsN/A