Creative Writing student gains mentoring opportunity Penguin Random House

25 August 2021

Final year BA (Hons) Creative Writing student Beth Harrison has secured a six-month mentoring opportunity with publishers Penguin Random House.

The scheme, a joint initiative with Creative Access, follows Penguin Random House’s commitment to better support emerging creative talent from under-represented communities in publishing as part of its accelerated inclusivity action plan.

150 senior leaders from across Penguin Random House UK will each take on two mentees to offer support and advice on career development and progression.

Following her initial application, Beth was selected via a video interview as was paired with a publishing director in one of the fiction departments at Penguin. She will receive monthly mentoring sessions to learn about the publishing industry.

Beth told us: “So far, I’ve had one mentoring session where we discussed the role of the writer in publishing; agents; communication skills; and creative writing schemes for young writers. I feel so lucky and proud of myself for actually going for it and getting it.”