The Fresh Pages Initiative

In the fall of 2019, the Quebec Writers’ Federation launched a pilot 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.

Visit the individual pages of the components below for updated information.

The program consists of the following components:

  • The 2020 Mairuth Sarsfield mentorship is designed to help aspiring writers and playwrights to develop their literary writing. In 2020, the mentorship will go to a qualifying* poet who has already demonstrated an interest in literary writing. (Should funding allow, 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. The recipients of the scholarship 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 to childcare services or travel to and from the workshop sessions, and those who receive scholarships will also receive a free one-year membership in QWF. More information
  • Guest curatorship for a qualifying* writer or literary performer of the Words & Music Show. More information
  • Guest editorship for underrepresented writers for the Winter issue of QWF’s literary journal, carte blanche. (Should funding allow, other genres will be addressed in subsequent years.) More information

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

Contact: Lori Schubert, admin@qwf.org or 514-933-0878