The Fresh Pages Initiative

Posted on: 5 September, 2019

Category: Fresh Pages Diversity Initiative

The Quebec Writers’ Federation is launching a pilot 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 2020 Mairuth Sarsfield mentorship is designed to help aspiring writers and playwrights to develop their literary writing. In 2020, the mentorship will go to a qualified* poet who has already demonstrated an interest in literary writing. (Should funding allow, other genres will be addressed in subsequent years.) More information
  • Two writing workshop scholarships will be open to qualified* writers and playwrights who have not previously enrolled in a QWF workshop. The recipients of the scholarship will be entitled to participate in a fall workshop of their choosing free of charge. A small bursary will also be available to help offset costs related to childcare services or travel to and from the workshop sessions, and those who receive scholarships will also receive a free one-year membership in QWF. More information
  • Guest curatorship for a qualifying* writer or literary performer of the Words & Music Show. More information
  • Guest editorship for underrepresented writers for the fall/winter issue of QWF’s literary journal, carte blanche. (Should funding allow, other genres will be addressed in subsequent years.) More information

*For the purpose of this initiative, a “qualifying” candidate indicates one who is Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Colour.

Contact: Lori Schubert, or 514-933-0878