Writing Mentorships


Congratulations to 2015 Poetry mentees Danielle Sellers and Chris Yan, and Fiction/Nonfiction mentees Joshua Levine and Amanda Harr.

The application process for 2015 is now closed. Please check back next spring to apply for the 2016 mentorships.

Take the next step in your writing life.

Apply for the Gemini Ink mentorship program. Work one-on-one with a nationally recognized author on a manuscript project.


Gemini Ink is offering an exciting mentorship opportunity in Fall 2015 for writers working on a manuscript of poetry, fiction or non-fiction. Work one-on-one with a nationally recognized author on a manuscript project. Identify timeline and goals for your manuscript. Work through three drafts of your project while receiving feedback from your mentor, closing out your project with a public reading of your work.


What to Expect

Work with your mentor to:

  • Establish a timeline and goals
  • Exchange three manuscript packets and receive detailed feedback
  • Close out your project with a final in-person meeting
  • Present a public reading of your work introduced by your mentor

The Mentors

Carrie FountainCarrie Fountain’s poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Tin House, and Poetry, among others. Her debut collection, Burn Lake, was a 2009 National Poetry Series winner and was published in 2010 by Penguin. Born and raised in Mesilla, New Mexico, Fountain received her MFA as a fellow at the James A. Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. Currently writer-in-residence at St. Edward’s University, she lives in Austin with her husband, playwright Kirk Lynn, and their children. Her second collection, Instant Winner (Penguin), was published in 2014.


John Phillip Santos is the first Mexican American Rhodes Scholar whose awards include the Academy of American Poets’ Prize at Notre Dame, the Oxford Prize for fiction, and the Berlin Prize. His family memoir, Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation was a finalist for the National Book Award. His latest book, The Farthest Home is in an Empire of Fire, is receiving critical acclaim. Santos’ articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and the San Antonio Express-News. He is writer and producer of more than forty television documentaries for CBS-TV and PBS-TV, two of them Emmy nominees. 



July 13              Closed
Aug 30     Mentees accepted
Sep 1 – Jan 1   Mentorship exchanges
Feb TBD           Final celebration


$25 application fee
$600 mentorship program fee (Full Scholarships are available for Texas Residents if accepted. Inquire with Alexandra Van de Kamp, Creative Writing Program Director.)


Mail the following items to Alexandra Van de Kamp, Creative Writing Program Director, 1111 Navarro St, San Antonio, Texas 78205.
Or Email to avandekamp@geminiink.org no later than July 15, 2015.

  • Introduction letter
  • CV or resume
  • Three letters of reference
  • A sample draft (10-20 pages) of your work
  • $25 application fee (pay online below)

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