Announcing: The 2023 QWF Mentorship Pairs

Posted on: 2 February, 2023

Category: Fresh Pages, QWF Mentorship, QWF News, QWF Programs

QWF is delighted to announce this year’s pairs for the QWF Mentorship Program, the Mairuth Sarsfield Mentorship in Screenwriting, and the first-ever Jean Antonin Billard LTAC/QWF Mentorship in Literary Translation!

The 2023 Mentorship Pairs


Alana Dunlop, mentored by H. Felix Chau Bradley
Dinu Mahapatuna, mentored by Sean Michaels
Noa Padawer-Blatt, mentored by D.W. Wilson


Loch Baillie, mentored by Simina Banu
Raïssa Simone, mentored by Jay Ritchie


Cornelia Mars, mentored by Annabel Howard

Mairuth Sarsfield Mentorship (Screenwriting):

Victoria Platel, mentored by Alain Zaloum

Jean Antonin LTAC/QWF Mentorship in Literary Translation:

Élisabeth Savoie, mentored by Sonya Malaborza

About the QWF Mentorship Program

The QWF Mentorship Program is 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–May), each mentee receives 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.

The Mairuth Sarsfield Mentorship

The Mairuth Sarsfield Mentorship, a component of QWF’s Fresh Pages Initiative, is designed to help an aspiring Quebec-based writer who is Indigenous, Black or a person of colour to develop their literary writing. It is held annually, rotating between genres each year.

Click here to learn more about the Mairuth Sarsfield Mentorship.

The Jean Antonin Billard LTAC/QWF Mentorship

The Jean Antonin Billard LTAC/QWF Mentorship in Literary Translation is intended for literary translators working from English to French. A joint initiative between QWF and the Literary Translators’ Association of Canada (LTAC), it is held every odd-numbered year. The Karin Montin LTAC/QWF Mentorship in Literary Translation, which is for literary translators working from French to English, is held every even-numbered year.

This year marks the inaugural edition of the Jean Antonin Billard LTAC/QWF Mentorship.

Click here to learn more about the LTAC/QWF Mentorships in Literary Translation.