We wanted to start by giving a great big “Thank you!” to everyone who applied to Writing with the Stars. For a first-year contest, we had a great turnout, with 850 manuscripts entered. Every single mentor told me how hard it was deciding, because there was so much talent among the applicants. In the previous blog post, Katy Duffield gave a wonderful description of her experience and I would encourage everyone, whether you were selected today or not, to read it.
Some of the mentors wanted to give critiques on work that stood out to them, but that they ultimately didn’t pick. So some lucky people will still receive a critique of their submitted manuscript from one of our mentors.
Please remember to support these mentors for their generosity in any way you can. I am already looking forward to next year as we’ll be back to do it all again.
So, without further ado, I am happy to announce the mentee class of 2017.
Andrea Zuill’s mentee is Rebecca Rhodin.
Peter McCleery decided to take two mentees, running concurrently.
Peter’s first mentee is Vicky Fang.
Peter’s second mentee is MK Resk
Paul Czajak’s mentee is Debbie Day.
Camille Andros’s mentee is Carolyn Le.
Melissa Iwai and Denis Markell’s mentee is Cassandra Federman
DJ Steinberg is also taking two mentees running consecutively.
DJ’s first mentee is Susie Sawyer. (February-April)
DJ’s second mentee is Suzy Levinson. (May-July)
Vanessa Brantley- Newton is taking three mentees!
Vanessa’s first mentee is Mariana Ikuta. (February-April)
Vanessa’s second mentee is Andrea Osiek. (May-July)
Vanessa’s third mentee is Thrace Mears. (August-October)
Megan Bryant is taking two mentees to run consecutively.
Megan’s first mentee is Lindsay Metcalf. (February-April)
Megan’s second mentee is Jen Bagan. (May-July)
Lori Richmond’s mentee is Lauren Soloy.
Katy Duffield’s mentee is Colleen Paeff.
Penny Parker Klostermann’s mentee is Amanda Sincavage.
Laura Gehl’s mentee is AJ Irving.
Pam Calvert’s mentee is Derick Wilder.
Marcie Colleen is taking two mentees running consecutively.
Marcie’s first mentee is Kirsten Bock. (February-April)
Marci’s second mentee is David McMullin. (May-July)
Stacy McAnulty’s mentee is Samantha Altmann.
Beth Ferry’s mentee is Melanie Ellsworth.
Congratulations to all! The mentors will be in touch to kick off the mentorship.