Mentorship Programs Across Canada

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. 

NATIONAL

  • 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 under the age of 35 with established writers for a mentorship that runs for five months.

ALBERTA

SASKATCHEWAN

  • 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

MANITOBA

  • 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.

QUEBEC

  • QWF 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.

NOVA SCOTIA

  • 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.

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS

The following programs are fee-based.


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