Mentorship Program for Emerging Writers


2018 Mentorship Program for Emerging Writers

Call for Applications

The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland & Labrador (WANL) invites applications from individuals interested in its 2018 Mentorship Program for Emerging Writers.

Applicants to both mentor and apprentice positions are being sought. The apprentice position is designed for writers who have a substantial work-in-progress and who are committed to the creative development of their writing. The mentor position is designed for writers with a history of publication and a commitment to the craft of writing. Each apprentice will be matched with a mentor to work on a one-to-one basis over an intensive five-month period beginning in Summer 2018.


Who can apply as an apprentice?

  • WANL members in good standing with a substantial work-in-progress in any genre
  • Individuals prepared for a disciplined, focused period of work during which writing is a priority
  • Individuals who did not participate in this program in 2017
  • Individuals 18 years and older

Who can apply as a mentor?

  • WANL members in good standing who are working in any genre
  • Individuals who have a significant publication history and some mentorship or teaching experience
  • Individuals who did not participate in this program in 2017

Mentors are expected to contribute 25 hours to in-person conferencing (where possible) and 25 hours to reading/prep work, or some combination thereof, to this program. Mentor remuneration will be up to $2000. The program is provided at no cost to apprentices. A committee will select and match mentors and apprentices.


For an apprentice position, please submit four copies of the following:

  • A typewritten, double-spaced, ten-page sample of your work on 8.5 x 11 white paper (poetry submissions are exempt from the double-spacing requirement); include length of manuscript to date (i.e., word count or number of poems)
  • A statement of what you hope to achieve during the mentorship and how you think it will assist you with your manuscript;
  • A summary of your recent writing history, how long you’ve been writing, and your publication credits, if any.

For a mentor position, please submit four copies of the following:

  • Your C.V., including publication credits;
  • A cover letter stating your mentoring or teaching philosophy and any previous mentorship experience;
  • Genre(s) you are interested in mentoring.

Incomplete applications will not be eligible. Email submissions will NOT be accepted.

A committee will select and match apprentices with mentors. Before final acceptance, successful apprentices may be asked to provide their full manuscript. Successful applicants will be notified in June 2018.

Send or deliver applications to:
Mentorship Program
Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador
202-223 Duckworth Street
St. John’s, NL  A1C 6N1

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Postmarked no later than 5:00 p.m. May 11, 2018

This Program is made available through generous funding by Canada Council for the Arts.

The WANL Emerging Writers Mentorship program is designed to serve the needs of emerging Newfoundland and Labrador writers who are committed to the development of their writing.

It is aimed at writers who are on the cusp of professional publication and who have a substantial work-in-progress. Emphasis is on producing a work ready for the marketplace.

Apprentices are matched with senior writers, with whom they work on a one-to-one basis over an intensive five-month period.

This program is available once a year, pending funding.

2018 Mentorship Participants

Angela Antle with Trudy Morgan-Cole
Penelope Hansen with Jamie Fitzpatrick
Shelly Kawaja with Charis Cotter
Jennifer McVeigh with Larry Mathews
Monica Walsh with Andy Jones

2017 Mentorship Participants

Diane Carley with Megan Gail Coles
Terry Doyle with Ed Kavanagh
Allie Duff with Agnes Walsh
Sarah Bennett with Marjorie Doyle

2016 Mentorship Participants

Sasha Boczkowski with Leslie Vryenhoek
Lee Burton with Paul Butler
Chloe Edbrooke with Claire Wilkshire
David Benson with Frank Holden

2015 Mentorship Participants

Bridget Canning with Ed Kavanagh
Matthew Hollett with Mark Callanan

2014 Mentorship Participants

Glenn Deir with Ed Riche
Matthew Lewis with Paul Bowdring
Heather Paul with Annamarie Beckel
Niquae McIntosh with Shoshanna Wingate

This program is generously supported by funding by the Canada Council for the Arts.