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"As a mentor, I will provide guidance not only on navigating the publishing industry--finding and acquiring an agent, dealing with both rejections and offers, thinking about the career you want--but also on your craft. While I cannot provide line-edits on your manuscript, I can help move you through to the completion of your book and strategies for revision. Ultimately, we will work together to help you tell the best version of the story you want to tell, chipping away at the marble block to reveal a sculpture you are proud of."

Tochi Onyebuchi is the author of Goliath. His previous fiction includes Riot Baby, a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and NAACP Image Awards and winner of the New England Book Award for Fiction, the Ignyte Award for Best Novella, and the World Fantasy Award; the Beasts Made of Night series; and the War Girls series. His short fiction has appeared in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, The Year’s Best Science Fiction and elsewhere. His non-fiction includes the book (S)kinfolk and has appeared in The New York Times, NPR, and the Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy, among other places.




PUBLISHERS WEEKLY - Tochi Onyebuchi Freedom Writer

PEN.ORG - Pen Ten Interview with Tochi Onyebuchi

WBUR - How X-Men And Black Lives Matter Shaped Tochi Onyebuchi’s ‘Riot Baby’

"Having a mentor through UP has profoundly changed my writing process. Working with Tochi has pushed my work in ways I didn’t even know it could. As a Black speculative writer, it can be difficult finding spaces and people who understand my work. Tochi has not only taken the time to see my strengths, but has asked questions and encouraged exploration that will make my writing even stronger. I’m incredibly grateful to Tochi Onyebuchi and the UP team for providing me this opportunity and supporting me on my writing journey."

— Bria

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