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Mentorship Program for Emerging Writers

Please note that the WANL Mentorship Program is currently under review. 
The program will open again in March 2022.
For more information, please contact

WANL’s 2020 Mentorship Pairings

Pairings are listed by mentor first, apprentice second.

• Sharon King-Campbell with Vanessa Cardoso-Whelan
• Mark Callanan with Tia McLennan
• Heather Nolan with Joe Mitchell
• Michelle Porter with Hannah Jenkins

A huge thank you to Canada Council for the Arts – without their generous support, this program would not be possible!

The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland & Labrador (WANL) is now accepting applications from individuals interested in its 2020-21 Mentorship Program for Emerging Writers!
Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2020. This program is made available through generous funding by the Canada Council for the Arts. 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 2020.
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 2019
  • Individuals 19 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 2019.

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.


  • Send your submission in a .doc file to by 5:00 p.m. by the deadine Friday, July 31, 2020.
  • Late submissions will not be accepted. Ineligible and/or incomplete submissions will not be returned.

For an apprentice position, please submit 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 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 2020 following the deadline.
Incomplete applications will NOT be eligible.

Manuscript Evaluation Pairings: Spring 2020

In mid-May 2020, WANL rolled out a series of mentorship readings videos over the Victoria Day long weekend. The 2019 mentorship pairings were as follows:

• Alexis Koetting (mentor) and Emily Hepditch (apprentice)
• Sara Tilley (mentor) and Marie Pike (apprentice)
• Helen Escott (mentor) and Rob McDonald (apprentice)
• Paul Butler (mentor) and Robert Badcock (apprentice) (not pictured)

To see what these dynamic duos achieved, head over to our Facebook page and find the video playlist HERE.

Thanks to Canada Council for the Arts for their continued support.

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.