The Fresh Pages Initiative

The 2022 Fresh Pages Initiative

Please click on “More information” in the appropriate program below to see the 2022 Fresh Pages Guest Curator and Mairuth Sarsfield Mentee.

2022 Editorial Mentorship with carte blanche: Call for Applications will be announced in October 2021.

The Quebec Writers’ Federation launched this initiative in 2019 to create opportunities for promising writers and playwrights who, because of their ethnic or racial profile, have faced systemic and/or financial barriers to engaging in professional development activities. Our goal is to give a select group of literary artists working in English additional training, skills, and professional credentials to help level the playing field and improve their career opportunities.

The program consists of the following components:

  • The Mairuth Sarsfield mentorship is designed to help aspiring writers and playwrights to develop their literary writing. In 2022, the mentorship will go to a qualifying* writer of nonfiction who has already demonstrated an interest in literary writing. (Other genres will be addressed in subsequent years.) More information
  • Writing workshop scholarships are open to qualifying* writers and playwrights who have not previously enrolled in a QWF workshop. Each scholarship recipient is entitled to participate in a workshop of their choosing free of charge. A small bursary is also available to help offset costs related costs (e.g., for childcare services or travel), and those who receive scholarships also receive a free one-year membership in QWF. More information
  • Guest curatorship of the Words & Music Show for a qualifying* writer or literary performer. More information
  • Editorial Mentorship for a qualifying* writer for one issue of QWF’s literary journal, carte blanche. The genre of the 2022 editorship will be announced in October 2021. More information

*For the purpose of this initiative, a “qualifying” candidate indicates a Quebec-based writer who is Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Colour.

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