Cornerstones' diversity scheme for writers
Cornerstones Literary Consultancy has won Arts Council funding to pursue the ELEVATE mentoring scheme, which Cornerstones has been running as a pilot project designed to pair low-income and/or underrepresented writers with specialist editors.
The scheme, starting in February and with initial funding for 12 months, will give three hours of mentoring to two writers each month. A further 60 mentoring hours will be available for projects that could benefit from further help.
Sarah Rouse, desk editor at Cornerstones, said: "From the inception of Cornerstones, our motto has been 'Your story matters.' For years, we've been working with - and launching - debut writers, and we recognise that many communities still don't receive equal access or opportunities in publishing. We hope that these editorial mentorships will enable writers to develop the tools of their trade and raise their manuscripts to the next level, all towards the wider goal of making publishing more representative."