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Mentorship Program for Emerging Writers

Meet the 2022 Mentor + Mentee Pairings!

(August 31, 2022) – The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland & Labrador (WANL) is ecstatic to announce the pairings of our 2022 Mentorship Program for Emerging Writers.   

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.

The Mentorship Program for Emerging Writers program is made available through generous funding by the Canada Council for the Arts.

To facilitate this program, WANL accepted applications in two rounds for two positions: mentors and mentees. The 2022 mentors were selected by a jury, and mentorship pairings were also facilitated by a jury.

We are happy to announce the 2022 Mentorship Pairings are:

• Bridget Canning + Mado Christie

• Douglas Walbourne-Gough + Paul Moorehead

• Tracey Waddleton + Kira Sheppard

• Agnes Walsh + Monique Tobin 

For more information on the mentors, please click here!

 

Meet the Mentees!

Mado Christie
Mado Christie is a writer and classical pianist living in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Their fiction has appeared in Acta Victoriana and The Spectatorial, and they were a founding editor of Augur Magazine. They teach and work at the School of Music at Memorial University, and perform regularly in collaboration with other musicians and arts organizations in the city. When not writing or playing, Mado can usually be found cooking, reading, or catering to their cat Penny’s every whim.

Paul Moorehead
Paul Moorehead is a physician and emerging writer living in St. John’s. His poetry will appear in Turnstyle: The SABR Journal of Baseball Arts, and his creative nonfiction has appeared in the Canadian Medical Association Journal and the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Kira Sheppard
Kira Sheppard (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist currently based in St. John’s, NL. She works with the mediums of writing, music and theatre performance. Kira is currently working on her fourth studio album and a collection of short stories.

Monique Tobin
Monique Tobin is a writer, researcher and journalist who has worked with CBC Radio and Television and in independent documentary film production. She is volunteer Chair of the St. John’s Public Libraries Board and a mother of four.


WANL Mentorship Program 2022: Mentor Listing & Call for Mentee Submissions 


(June 30, 2022) – The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland & Labrador (WANL) is now accepting mentee applications from individuals interested in its 2022 Mentorship Program for Emerging Writers.

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.

The Mentorship Program for Emerging Writers program is made available through generous funding by the Canada Council for the Arts.

To facilitate this program, WANL accepted applications in two rounds for two positions: mentors and mentees. The 2022 mentors have been selected by a jury.

We are happy to announce the 2022 Mentors are:  
• Bridget Canning
• Douglas Walbourne-Gough
• Tracey Waddleton
• Agnes Walsh  

For more information on the mentors, please click here!

Selections Process:  

In addition to the usual submission requirements, applicants also list their first, second, third, and fourth choices of Mentor from the listing on the WANL website. If you have no particular preference, you can elect to have the selection committee assign a pairing.

The committee will then match mentors and mentees to work on a one-to-one basis over an intensive five-month period. Decisions for the mentor application will be made on the basis of the best-suited match between the mentee and the mentor.

The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador is committed to greater inclusion of traditionally marginalized communities. In an effort to encourage the development of a more diverse writing community, we strongly encourage applications to the Mentorship Program from all members of Indigenous communities, members of culturally diverse groups, members of disabled communities, and members of official language minorities, whether or not they are current members of the Writers’ Alliance.

Who can apply as a mentee?  

The mentee position is for writers who have a substantial work-in-progress and who are committed to the creative development of their writing. 

  • WANL members in good standing with a substantial work-in-progress in any genre. (Individuals interested in mentorship can become WANL Members upon submitting their mentee applications.)
  • Individuals prepared for a disciplined, focused period of work during which writing is a priority
  • Individuals who did not participate in this program in the previous year.
  • Individuals 19 years and older

How to apply as a mentee:  

For a mentee position, please submit the following: 

  • Your first, second, third, and fourth choices of Mentor from the listing on the WANL website. If you have no particular preference, you can elect to have the selection committee assign a pairing.
  • A typewritten, double-spaced, ten-page sample of your work (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.
  • Send your submission in a .doc or .pdf file to info@wanl.ca by the deadline of Monday, August 1, 2022 at 5 p.m. NL time.
  • Late submissions will not be accepted. Ineligible and/or incomplete submissions will not be returned.

WANL Mentorship Program 2022: Call for Mentor Submissions!

(April 18, 2022) – The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland & Labrador (WANL) is now accepting mentor applications from individuals interested in its 2022 Mentorship Program for Emerging Writers.  

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.

“The Mentorship Program for Emerging Writers is one of WANL’s flagship offerings,” WANL President Ainsley Hawthorn shares.
“In 2022, with generous funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and after a thorough review of the program by a committee of dedicated volunteers, we’re pleased to be piloting a new approach to selecting mentors and apprentices for this opportunity. We encourage all members to have a look at the updated program guidelines, and we look forward to providing a revitalized version of this popular program in the years to come.”

The Mentorship Program for Emerging Writers program is made available through generous funding by the Canada Council for the Arts.

To facilitate this program, WANL will accept applications in two rounds for two positions: mentors and apprentices.  

The mentor position is for writers with a history of publication and a commitment to the craft of writing. The deadline for Mentor submission is Friday, May 20th at 5 p.m. NST.

An assembled committee will select four mentors for the 2022 Mentorship Program. WANL will announce the four available mentors with a dedicated program page on our website which will include:

• The genre(s) the Mentor is both qualified and willing to work in;

• a short, selected record of publications and awards relevant to the mentorship genres listed above;

• a Mentorship Philosophy Statement;

• any voluntary self-identification (regarding cultural community, sexual orientation, gender, disability) that the Mentor would like to share with potential applicants to the program.


Responsibilities & Remuneration    

• Mentors are expected to contribute 25 hours of one-on-one conferencing, either in person or online—as appropriate;

• 25 hours of reading/prep work over the course of the 5-month membership (Please note: This ratio is flexible and should be adapted to accommodate the needs of individual pairings. Depending on geographical location, some mentorships may be conducted virtually).  

• Mentors will be paid a total of $2,500, spread over two equal installments — one at the beginning and one at the end of the mentorship.


Who can apply as a Mentor? 

• Any WANL member in good standing;
• who has previous mentorship or teaching experience, in either an official or unofficial capacity;
• who did not participate in the program in 2020-21;
• and who qualifies as a “professional artist” according to the criteria laid out in the provincial Status of the Artist Act;

Definition of Professional artist:

        5. A person shall be considered to be a professional artist for the purpose of this Act if that person satisfies 4 of the following criteria, including at least one of the criteria referred to in paragraphs (a) to (c): 
             (a)  the person receives or has received compensation which can be included in professional or business income; 
             (b)  the person has a record of income or loss relevant to the history of his or her work and appropriate to the span of his or her artistic career;
           (c)  the person has received public or peer recognition by publicly disseminated critical reviews or appraisals or by similar means; 
            (d)  the person has presented his or her work to the public by means of exhibitions, publications, screenings, performances, readings or by other means appropriate to the nature of his or her work; 
             (e)  the person is represented by a dealer, publisher, agent or similar professional representative appropriate to the nature of his or her work; 
             (f)  the person devotes a reasonable proportion of his or her professional time to promoting or marketing of his or her work; 
             (g)  the person 
                      (i)  has received professional training in an educational institution from a practitioner recognized in his or her profession, or 
                     (ii)  is self-taught within the established practices of the person’s cultural traditions; 
             (h)  the person has membership in a professional association, appropriate to his or her artistic activity, 
                      (i)  whose membership is or categories of membership are limited under standards of the association, or 
                     (ii)  which is a trade union or equivalent appropriate to his or her artistic activity; and
(i)  the person holds copyright in his or her own work and has received royalty or residual payment based on that copyright.


How to apply:

Send your submission in a .doc or .pdf file to info@wanl.ca. by 5:00 p.m. by the deadine of Friday, May 20th at 5 p.m.
Late submissions will not be accepted. Ineligible and/or incomplete submissions will not be returned.
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.


Who can apply as an apprentice? 

The apprentice position is for writers who have a substantial work-in-progress and who are committed to the creative development of their writing.

• 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 the previous year.
• Individuals 19 years and older


Selections Process   

WANL publicises a call for Apprentices for the coming year’s program when the mentors are announced. In addition to the usual submission requirements, applicants also list their first, second, third, and fourth choices of Mentor from the listing on the WANL website. If they have no particular preference, they can elect to have the selection committee assign a pairing.

The committee will then match mentors and apprentices, to work on a one-to-one basis over an intensive five-month period. Decisions for the mentor application will be made on the basis of the best-suited match between the apprentice and the mentor.

The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador is committed to greater inclusion of traditionally marginalized communities. In an effort to encourage the development of a more diverse writing community, we strongly encourage applications to the Mentorship Program from all members of Indigenous communities, members of culturally diverse groups, members of disabled communities, and members of official language minorities, whether or not they are current members of the Writers’ Alliance.


Previous Mentorship Pairings

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.

2020 Mentorship Participants
Vanessa Cardoso-Whelan mentored by Sharon King-Campbell
Tia McLennan mentored by Mark Callanan
Joe Mitchell mentored by Heather Nolan
Hannah Jenkins mentored by Michelle Porter

2019 Mentorship Participants
Emily Hepditch mentored by Alexis Koetting
Marie Pike mentored by Sara Tilley
Rob McDonald mentored by Helen Escott
Robert Badcock mentored by Paul Butler 

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.