Mentorship

The 2022 QWF Writing Mentorship Program
and the
Karin Montin LTAC/QWF Mentorship in Literary Translation

The QWF Writing Mentorships and the Karin Montin LTAC/QWF Mentorship in Literary Translation are designed to help promising emerging writers and translators make the transition to the next stage of their careers. Both mentors and mentees are selected by an independent jury.

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 reading at which the mentees present their work in progress.


The Mairuth Sarsfield Mentorship, 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 goes to a Quebec-based writer who works with their mentor over the course of four months (February through May) and participates in a public reading in June.


2022 Mentorship Program Pairs

2022 Mentorship Pairs (L-R) Fiction: Cora Siré (mentor), Laurel Páez Brave (mentee); Catherine McKenzie (mentor), Eilís Quinn (mentee); Edeet Ravel (mentor), Steven Stowell (mentee) Screenwriting: Gerald Wexler (mentor), Sal Eigh (mentee) Poetry: stephanie roberts (mentor), Barbara Kelly (mentee) Karin Montin LTAC/QWF Translation Mentorship: Jessica Moore (mentor), Alex Boos (mentee) Nonfiction: Lise Weil (mentor), Nancy Webb (mentee); Mairuth Sarsfield Mentorship – Nonfiction: Tara McGowan Ross (mentor), Chanel Sutherland (mentee)

Past Mentorship Program Pairs

2021


Mairuth Sarsfield Mentorship—Fiction: Lynda Bailey (mentee), H. Nigel Thomas (mentor)
Fiction: Geeta Johal (mentee), Leila Marshy (mentor)
Non-fiction: Suzanne Cerreta (mentee), Robyn Sarah (mentor)
Poetry: Jess Tran (mentee), Yusuf Saadi (mentor)
YA Fiction: Becca Yu (mentee), David Homel (mentor)
Screenwriting: Dara Murphy (mentee), Jacob Potashnik (mentor)
Fiction: Miki Laval (mentee), Claire Holden Rothman (mentor)


2020

Mairuth Sarsfield Mentorship – Poetry: Gillian Sze (mentor), Faith Paré (mentee)
Fiction: April Ford (mentor), Lukas Rowland (mentee); Robert Sandiford (mentor), Michael Foy (mentee)
Non-fiction: Ian McGillis (mentor), Carolyn McPherson (mentee)
Poetry: Mark Abley (mentor), Andrew Middleton (mentee)
Young Adult Fiction: Sue MacLeod (mentor), Maureen Marovitch (mentee); Lori Weber (mentor), Lea Beddia (mentee)