Liz Krehm Mentorship in Creative Writing

Liz KrehmThe Liz Krehm Mentorship in Creative Writing was established by Dawn Davis in memory of Liz Krehm: Poet, daughter, musician, sister, warrior, student, friend, dreamer, sweetheart.

“When you step outside and feel the wind blowing at your back, know this is my energy and spirit with you … always …” Liz Krehm, 1990–2012

This award memorializing Liz Krehm was organized by the late coordinator of the Creative Writing program, Ann Ireland (1953–2018). It embodies Ann’s generous and curious spirit as well as her desire to find new and interesting voices in The Chang School’s writing community. Ann’s belief in the transformative power of the written word continues through this award.


We invite students who have taken Chang School Writing Workshops to apply for a special writing mentorship experience: the annual Liz Krehm Mentorship in Creative Writing. Thanks to a generous donation, three Chang School learners will be selected each year to be mentored by a Writing Workshops instructor. The mentorship will take place over 13 weeks (12 weeks of mentorship followed by one week to report on the experience).

What is a writing mentor?

A writing mentor is a compassionate guide who will take you to the next level in your writing. The mentor knows the ropes of a life in writing, how to push through blocks and low times, and how to stay with the project. He or she is on your side. The mentor will help you find your voice and nerve, and help you improve your work-in-progress by pointing out where it’s going well and where you need to dig deeper.

How does the Liz Krehm Mentorship in Creative Writing work?

Your writing mentor will offer detailed feedback for a manuscript of up to 45,000 words (approximately 150 pages) during a 13-week period. This includes first drafts and rewrites. You may meet with your mentor on two occasions, in person or by Skype or telephone. Your mentor will also be available for contact at various agreed-upon times for questions about the work-in-progress, or other aspects of the writing life.

Terms and submission deadlines will be arranged between each mentor and mentee at the start of the mentorship. The mentorship is offered free of charge to the mentee, but mentees are expected to commit to these terms or they may forfeit the mentorship. In 2019, the mentorship is expected to run for 13 weeks, starting February 8, 2019.

Am I eligible to apply?

  1. Applicants must have completed at least ONE Writing Workshop (CWWR course code) at The Chang School.
  2. Applicants must have a minimum 25-page draft of a work-in-progress ready at time of application. This may be a draft of a novel, a group of short stories, memoir, or travel writing. At this time we are only looking at writing for adult readers.

Note: This is NOT a mentorship experience for beginning writers. Applicants should already be writing regularly and have a sizable work-in-progress.

How do I apply?

Please read and complete the Online Application: Liz Krehm Mentorship in Creative Writing. Note that the online application includes the completion of an online form AND the submission of a writing sample by email. Applications must include both components to be considered for a mentorship.

Application Deadline: All components of your electronic application must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. (EST) on Friday, December 7, 2018.

All applicants of the Liz Krehm Mentorship in Creative Writing will be notified of their application status by mid-January 2019. You may be placed on a waiting list in the event that a successful applicant is unable to continue the mentorship. Please bear in mind that this is a small mentorship program and only three students are selected by the Selection Committee each year.


For further information about the Liz Krehm Mentorship in Creative Writing, contact Ana Abreu, Program Coordinator.