The application period for the Mairuth Sarsfield Mentorship, the Guest Curatorship, and the Guest Editorship is now closed.
The successful candidates will be announced in early 2021.
Please visit the individual pages of the components below for more information.
In the fall of 2019, the Quebec Writers’ Federation launched this initiative 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 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 2021, the mentorship will go to a qualifying* writer of fiction who has already demonstrated an interest in literary writing. (Other genres will be addressed in subsequent years.) More information
- Writing workshop scholarships will be open to qualifying* writers and playwrights who have not previously enrolled in a QWF workshop. Each scholarship recipient will be entitled to participate in a workshop of their choosing free of charge. A small bursary will also be available to help offset costs related costs (e.g., for childcare services or travel), and those who receive scholarships will 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
- Guest editorship for a qualifying* writer for one issue of QWF’s literary journal, carte blanche. The 2021 editorship will be in creative non-fiction. (Other genres will be addressed in subsequent years.) 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.
Contact: Lori Schubert, email@example.com or 514-933-0878