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Indian Ocean Mentoring Project

The Indian Ocean Mentoring Project was a mentoring program involving ten writers of Indian Ocean heritage.

The Indian Ocean Mentoring Project was a mentoring program involving ten writers of Indian Ocean heritage. The stories developed engage with ideas of growth, dream, the ocean, movement, and language. The project resulted in appearances at Perth Festival Writers Week and Melbourne Digital Writers’ Festival.

Funded by the Department of Local Government, Sport, and Cultural Industries.

Wave After Wave.

The conclusion of the Indian Ocean Mentoring Project resulted in the publication of Wave after Wave; a collaborative effort from all ten writers and mentors. Wave after Wave features short stories and poems that touch on themes of belonging, heritage, loss, identity, and home. It presents a number of new voices to offer a different perspective on our part of the world. Wave after Wave was launched in October 2019 and is the Centre for Stories’ first solo publication.

Copies of Wave after Wave can be purchased here.

Indian Ocean Mentoring Project Participants

Learn their stories


  • I came into the program not really expecting much. I had never been in a mentorship program before. I thought it would involve a few meetings and I would get some tips to improve my writing. But what I got was so much more. Getting in was a kind of validation by itself. It helped me take my writing seriously and evaluate where I wanted to go with it. – Priya Kahlon
  • I definitely would recommend this to other people. If you want to improve, to learn more about your own skill and your own voice, it is one of the best things I have ever done as an author. It is often a solitary experience and it is easy to forget that somebody else’s point of view might help improve the work. – Raphael Farmer
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