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Our Mentors

Aty S. Behsam
This 2021, Aty S. Behsam is mentoring Young Adult
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Aty S. Behsam
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Aty is an Iranian writer, artist, translator, TEDx speaker, and a full-time writing mentor and teacher. She graduated in English Translation BA, and has been teaching writing and art for the past ten years, mentoring writers, story coaching, and judging in writing competitions. Aty introduced the first English Novel Writing classes in Iran, and is currently teaching the international standards of writing in her country. She has worked as an editorial assistant, cover artist, and art director in the US and the UK. Together with her 2021 Co-Mentor Maedeh B. Saaina, Aty is working on the upcoming manga DARYAN, the novel DIME A DOZEN, and the comic WHITE SATIN. Aty is the director and producer of one of Iran’s most popular podcasts, Yuri On RADIO. She has published short stories in the UK, has been a Pitch Wars mentor since 2018, and was a Pitch Wars mentee with her novel Coup De Grâce.

For Pitch Wars 2021, Aty S. Behsam is co-mentoring with Maedeh B. Saaina.

Favorite Books

Fullmetal Alchemist (Manga) by Hiromu Arakawa
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
A Darker Shade Of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Wilder Girls by Rory Power
Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker

Years Mentored
2018, 2019, 2020, 2021