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Mentorship Program for Emerging Writers

Mentorship Program for Emerging Writers


The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland & Labrador (WANL) is now accepting applications from individuals interested in its 2019-2020 Mentorship Program for Emerging Writers!
Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 15, 2019. Applicants to both mentor and apprentice positions are being sought.

  • The apprentice position: for writers who have a substantial work-in-progress and who are committed to the creative development of their writing.
  • The mentor position: 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 expected to start in September of 2019.
An assembled committee will match best-suited mentors and apprentices prior to the September start date.


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 2018
  • 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 2018.

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 $2,000. The program is provided at no cost to 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.

Before final acceptance, successful apprentices may be asked to provide their full manuscript. Successful applicants will be notified in August 2019 following the deadline.
Incomplete applications will NOT be eligible. Email submissions will NOT be accepted.

Send or deliver applications to WANL during office hours (Mon-Thurs 10-5, Fri 10-3) via:

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. on Thursday, August 15, 2019.

This Program is made available through generous funding by the 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.
This program is available once a year, pending funding.

2018 Mentorship Participants
Angela Antle mentored by Trudy Morgan-Cole
Penelope Hansen mentored by Jamie Fitzpatrick
Shelly Kawaja mentored by Charis Cotter
Jennifer McVeigh mentored by Larry Mathews
Monica Walsh mentored by Andy Jones

2017 Mentorship Participants
Diane Carley mentored by Megan Gail Coles
Terry Doyle mentored by Ed Kavanagh
Allie Duff mentored by Agnes Walsh
Sarah Bennett mentored by Marjorie Doyle

2016 Mentorship Participants
Sasha Boczkowski mentored by Leslie Vryenhoek
Lee Burton mentored by Paul Butler
Chloe Edbrooke mentored by Claire Wilkshire
David Benson mentored by Frank Holden

2015 Mentorship Participants
Bridget Canning mentored by Ed Kavanagh
Matthew Hollett mentored by Mark Callanan

2014 Mentorship Participants
Glenn Deir mentored by Ed Riche
Matthew Lewis mentored by Paul Bowdring
Heather Paul mentored by Annamarie Beckel
Niquae McIntosh mentored by Shoshanna Wingate

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