Creative and Scholarly Essays on Mentoring: Abstracts due Jan. 31, 2014

full name / name of organization: 
Hilary Holladay / James Madison University
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Mentors play crucial roles in our professional and personal lives, yet most studies of mentoring take a "how to" or social sciences approach. It's time to take a different look at this subject.

For my proposed essay collection, which I envision as a trade paperback, I seek personal essays that explore the difficulties and awkwardness as well as the joys and satisfactions of a mentoring relationship. You can write from the perspective of being mentored, being the mentor, or even observing a mentoring relationship between two other people. You need not write about mentoring within academia, though I'm open to that. Empathy and humor are most welcome.

I'm also open to scholarly essays that describe and analyze mentoring relationships between prominent writers (or between editor and writer), scholars, artists, scientists, businesspeople. Please follow MLA style and keep citations and endnotes to a minimum.

Suggested essay length: 3,000 to 4,500 wds.

Abstracts (200-300 wds.) due by Jan 31, 2014.
Deadline for completed essays: March 31, 2014, but preferably sooner.

I will respond as quickly as I can to submissions. Email me if you would like to run an idea by me before submitting an abstract.