Each developing writer chosen to participate in the blogging showcase “We Are Not Numbers” is assigned an experienced mentor to coach and critique his or her work, both in terms of the use of the English language to reach a Western audience and the art of storytelling/personal narrative. In addition (or instead), some mentors will be asked to speak to the entire group of developing writers by Zoom on their published work, storytelling style, etc.
Mentors must be:
Requirements of mentors (except those who speak only)
There is a tendency to think that coaching and critiquing constitutes might be seen as censoring or “dilution” of their narrative. These young writers want and need help in telling their stories in the most effective way possible to Western audiences. In fact, Ahmed Ferwana, an English instructor in Gaza and one of the early advisors to We Are Not Numbers, says that one of the biggest problems developing writers face there is that they don’t receive honest/ challenging feedback.
Anyone interested in being considered as a mentor should email Alice Rothchild (email@example.com) and copy Pam Bailey (firstname.lastname@example.org). Include a description of your writing credentials, as well as an explanation of how you became interested in Palestinian rights and why you want to get involved in We Are Not Numbers.