The Fresh Pages Initiative

The 2021 Fresh Pages Initiative

Please click on “More information” in the appropriate program below to see the 2021 Fresh Pages Guest Curator and Mairuth Sarsfield Mentee.

The application period for the 2021 Editorial Mentorship with carte blanche is now closed, and the selected participant will be announced in the coming weeks.

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
  • Editorial Mentorship 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, or 514-933-0878