Mentor Access Project (MAP)

The Mentor Access Project (MAP) is the most established writing mentorship programme in Singapore, developing young and emerging writers in our four official languages – English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil. 


The 12-month programme covers the genres of prose, poetry, plays and creative non-fiction such as biographies, travel writing, art criticism, personal essays and matches emerging writers with established published authors who play a mentor and sounding board. Selected applicants will get opportunities to participate in a residency, dialogue sessions, group workshops and public readings held over the course of the mentorship.


Apart from offering critical feedback to young and emerging writers, MAP gives participants insights into the process and challenges of getting published. In the course of interaction with fellow writers, MAP also endeavours to build a more lively literary community in Singapore.


Mentor Access Project (MAP) 2014

Successful applicants of underwent a mentorship by an established writer, with various opportunities to participate in dialogue sessions, talks, workshops and public readings held over the course of the programme, at the end of which, selected works produced were published. The MAP participants enjoyed a dynamic community where every Mentor and Mentee are essential players through groupwork or responding constructively to literary writings.


A highlight of MAP 2014 was a stay-in writing residency at Kampong Glam, which provided an enjoyable and creative space for participants to learn from published writers and industry professionals, network with fellow participants and come together to share and discuss their writing.


MAP 2014 ran from September 2014 to August 2015 and is co-ordinated by The Writers Centre Singapore.


Mentor Access Project (MAP) 2016 is now open for applications! Deadline: 15 March 2016


To find out more, visit MAP's official Facebook page at or go to The Writers Centre Singapore's MAP page to download the application form. For enquires, please email