Mentorship pairs at the 2019 reading (clockwise from back left):
Joanne Latimer, Anna Leventhal, Raquel Rivera, Gerald Wexler, Ashley Duong, Heather Leighton, Anya Leibovitch and Shelagh Plunkett. Not pictured: Shannon Webb-Campbell & Claudia Janampa Huamán (poetry) , and Daniel Canty & Carla Stewart (fiction).

The QWF Mentorship program is designed to help promising emerging writers 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.

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.

2019 mentorship pairs

  • Daniel Canty is mentoring Carla Stewart (fiction)
  • Anna Leventhal is mentoring Anya Leibovitch (fiction)
  • Shelagh Plunkett is mentoring Joanne Latimer (nonfiction)
  • Shannon Webb-Campbell is mentoring Claudia Janampa Huamán (poetry)
  • Raquel Rivera is mentoring Heather Leighton (young adult fiction)
  • Gerald Wexler is mentoring Ashley Duong (screenwriting)

The next call for applications to be a mentee, or to become a mentor, will open in August.

Mentorship pairs at the 2017 reading:
Robert Edison Sandiford, Pamela Hensley, Jeff Parent, Katia Grubisic, Joshua Selinger, Jacob Potashnik, Lori Weber, Carolyne Van Der Meer, Britt Dash, Bryan Demchinsky
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