Mentorship Programs Across Canada

Below is a brief summary of mentorship programs run across Canada. For eligibility requirements and application guidelines, please visit the programs' websites. In most cases, in order to participate in these programs you must be a member of the organization and/or a resident in that province.



  • 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.


  • Diaspora Dialogues Mentoring Program
    This program supports the creation and presentation of new fiction, poetry and drama that reflect the complexity of Toronto — and Canada — back to residents through the eyes of its richly diverse communities. Through an adjudicated process, the most promising emerging writers are chosen for the opportunity to work over a six-month period with a mentor via correspondence (either email or post).


  • QWF Membership 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 Noval 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.


  • PEI Writers' Guild Mentorship Program
    Every second year or so, the PEIWG offers a mentorship program in which at least three emerging writers (mentees) are matched, through a selection process, with published authors. They work together over a three-month period.


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