The 2021 QWF Mentorship Program
Please scroll down to see the selected mentors and mentees for the 2021 QWF Mentorship Program.
If you are a writer who is Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Colour, you may be eligible for The Mairuth Sarsfield Mentorship program.
Applications for the 2022 programs will open in the fall of 2021. Please see below for information on eligibility and updates.
The QWF Mentorship program is designed to help promising emerging writers
Over a period of four months (February to May), each mentee gets one-on-one guidance and support from a professional writing mentor. At the end of the mentorship period, there is a public
Mentors are expected to devote 35 to 40 hours to reading and responding to their protégé’s work and giving guidance towards the goal of publication or production. Mentees are expected to commit a minimum of 15 to 20 hours per month to the program.
- Call for applications: October
- Deadline for applications: November
- Notification of results: December (for mentors), January (for mentees)
- Mentorship period: Approximately four months (between February and June)
The Fresh Pages Initiative: The Mairuth Sarsfield Mentorship
The Quebec Writers’ Federation is delighted to announce the call for applications for the inaugural Mairuth Sarsfield Mentorship. The mentorship, which is a component of QWF’s “Fresh Pages” initiative, is designed to help an aspiring writer or playwright who is Indigenous, Black or a person of colour to develop their literary writing.
The mentorship will go to a Quebec-based poet who has already demonstrated an interest in literary writing and who has at least ten poems completed or in progress (Other genres will be addressed in subsequent years, should funding allow.) The selected writer will work with their mentor over the course of four months (February through May, 2021 and participate in a public reading in June 2021. More information here
2021 Program Pairings
2021 Mairuth Sarsfield Mentorship Program – Fiction
H. Nigel Thomas is mentoring Lynda Bailey
Leila Marshy is mentoring Geeta Johal
Claire Holden Rothman is mentoring Miki Laval
Robyn Sarah is mentoring Suzanne Cerreta
Young Adult Fiction
David Homel is mentoring Becca Yu
Jacob Potashnik is mentoring Dara Murphy
Yusuf Saadi is mentoring Jess Tran
Past Mentorship Program Pairs
Mairuth Sarsfield Mentorship – Poetry: Gillian Sze mentored Faith Paré
Fiction: April Ford mentored Lukas Rowland; Robert Sandiford mentored Michael Foy; Non-fiction: Ian McGillis mentored Carolyn McPherson; Poetry: Mark Abley mentored Andrew Middleton; Young Adult Fiction: Sue MacLeod mentored Maureen Marovitch; Lori Weber mentored Lea Beddia.
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