Applications for the 2017 Program Are Now Open!
The Writers’ Guild of Alberta’s Mentorship Program, modeled off similar programs, matches five mentors with five apprentices for a mentorship taking place January-April. The program is designed to meet the needs of emerging Alberta writers for guidance, collaboration and encouragement while senior writers receive short-term employment and an opportunity to sharpen their mentoring/teaching skills. The focus of the mentorship will be on instruction in the craft, and to a lesser extent, the business of writing. There is no cost to the apprentices.
Apprentices will be emerging writers. “Emerging” is defined as: generally, but not necessarily, having a professionally edited, published body of work (a book of poetry, nonfiction articles, fiction or other narrative prose, or publications in magazines, periodicals and/or anthologies). Apprentices must be Alberta residents, 18 years or older, and current members of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta.
Candidates for mentor positions must have professional publication credits, including published books and/or credits in literary anthologies, journals or magazines. Candidates must have demonstrated ability and/or prior experience in manuscript review, editing and peer consultation. All successful candidates must be active members of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta or become members prior to the start of their contract.