Below is a brief summary of mentorship programs run across Canada. The Writers’ Union of Canada does not endorse any of the programs on this list. Always visit program websites for full information, including eligibility and application guidelines.
CSARN Mentoring Program
CSARN offers emerging and transitioning artists the guidance of a mentor at least 60 years of age with a minimum of 20 years’ professional experience. CSARN pays mentors a fee and covers approved expenses of mentees.
Diaspora Dialogues Mentoring Program
Diaspora Dialogues has a long form (national), long form (Greater Toronto Area), short form (national), and short form (Winnipeg) mentorship.
Writers' Trust Mentorship
This program pairs developing writers with established writers for a mentorship that runs for five months.
ECW Press BIPOC Writers Mentorship Program
The goal of this program is to find and nurture upcoming writers from BIPOC communities and equip them with tools and information to navigate the industry, submission process, and publishing process. The program is only open to writers who have never published a book and are currently living in Canada.
The Writers' Guild of Alberta’s Mentorship Program
This program matches five mentors with five apprentices for a mentorship taking place January-April.
The Saskatchewan Writers' Guild Mentorship Program
This program allows developing writers (the apprentices) to work in a supportive environment under the guidance of professional writers (the mentors). The mentor provides the apprentice with one-on-one instruction (not editorial services) in the craft of creative writing. The program runs from January to April each year
The Sheldon Oberman Mentorship Program
Administered by the Manitoba Writers' Guild, this program pairs emerging writers with established, professional writers to work together one-on-one for a five month period.
- Vancouver Manuscript Intensive
VMI is a global and local literary mentoring service based in Vancouver, Canada. They work with writers in all genres and writers with all levels of experience — writers who are published authors, writers who have had training in creative writing programs, and writers who have been working mostly on their own.
Quebec Writers' Federation Mentorship Program
This program is designed to help promising emerging writers make the transition to the next stage of their careers. The program is approximately four months in duration, and remuneration for mentors is $1500.
Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program
Administered by the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, this program is design to support apprentice writers who are on the cusp of of professional publication. It includes apprentices and mentors from around Nova Scotia, as well as a mentorship pair from PEI. Mentorship lasts five months.
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador Emerging Writers Mentorship
This program matches writers who have a substantial work-in-progress with writers who have a history of publication. Apprentices and mentors will work on a one-to-one basis over an intensive five-month period. Annual administration of this program is dependent on funding.
The following are private programs, which may charge a fee for mentorship programs. Visit program websites for full details.
- The Citadel Retreat
Citadel offers workshops, seminars, and memberships to suit a variety of writing goals.
- Sarah Selecky Writing School
This online school offers three different writing programs.
- Writing Mentorships with Chelene Knight
Writer and editor Chelene Knight offers customized mentorships for writers working toward book publication.