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Horizons Writers Circle

Horizons Writers Circle

Program period: September 2021–March 2022
Application deadline: July 31, 2021 – 11:59 MST

Horizons Writers Circle is a program for writers within the Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) community, ESL, and underrepresented writers who live in Edmonton and are at the beginning of their literary journey. The program runs for seven months and is fully subsidized, making it cost-free for successful applicants.

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA) with the support from the Edmonton Arts Council, have designed Horizons Writers Circle to yield new literary works, explore the experience of underrepresented writers, and initiate dialogue that celebrates our diversity and contributes to a deeper understanding of one another. The program offers mentorship, workshops, discussions, networking, public reading opportunities, industry events, and more. Horizons Writers Circle runs from September 2021 to March 2022 and is set online, unless otherwise specified for events and activities.

The program reflects the WGA’s commitment to emerging writers from diverse backgrounds. Our hope is to create opportunities for underserved writers, empowering them by supporting their self-determined journey to becoming established members of the literary community.

Mentorship is a significant part of the program. Participants are carefully matched with well-established members of the literary community who can address their specific creative and technical writing goals. 

About Horizons

Program History

Since its original incarnation, as the PEN Writers in Exile program, and Borderlines Writers Circle, Horizons Writers Circle is inspired by the recognition of languages and cultures as living processes, the experience of BIPOC and/or immigrant writers as they fashion their sense of space on a page. It encourages authors from marginalized or underrepresented groups to write from and/or about their own perspectives and experiences. Participants from this year’s cohort will be closely involved in developing this year’s program.

Candidate Criteria - Mentee

Candidates are required to meet the following criteria:

    1. The candidate must be a part of the BIPOC, immigrant, ESL and underrepresented community and has not yet established a substantial presence in Canada’s mainstream literary scene.
    2. The candidate must be a resident of Edmonton.
    3. The candidate must have a working knowledge of English.
    4. The candidate must be a Canadian citizen, refugee or landed immigrant.
    5. The candidate must be available to attend events and activities with reasonable regularity for the duration of the program.
    6. The candidate must provide writing samples. Please note that published works are not required.
    7. The candidate must have a clear intention of exploring and establishing a future in writing.  

Mentor Matching Panel

Representatives from WGA, the Edmonton writing community, and Horizons former alumni will select this years’ participants. A shortlist will advance to the interview stage. Final list candidates will be chosen from the interview pool.

Mentorship Opportunity

Interested in nurturing upcoming writers and exchanging literary knowledge with the wider writing community? We are looking for established members of the literary community to become mentors for the Horizons Writers Circle 2021-2022. We are looking for individuals who are familiar with aspects of craft and are actively involved in local writing ecosystem.

Mentorship and fellowship are central to the Horizons Writers Circle. Each mentor is paired with one participant and tasked to address their specific creative and technical writing goals. A successful working relationship would cover current or future projects and exploring a path to developing an established writing identity. Periodically, mentors will get together with the coordinator on a one-to one basis to ensure the program is fulfilling its objectives.

Benefits of Mentoring:

-Personal satisfaction of guiding and supporting a fellow writer’s development
-The opportunity to further build your own mentorship skills.
-Widening your professional and social networks at a point in Canada’s Literature where the norm is the increased diversification of voices. 

Mentor Criteria

Our mentors must meet the following criteria:

    1. The mentor must be an established member of Canada’s literary scene.
    2. The mentor must be available for the duration of the program and can attend events and activities with reasonable regularity.
    3. Experience in mentorship is an advantage, but not required.
    4. The mentors must live in Edmonton.

Total time commitment: 20 hours (including one-on-one meetings, ongoing feedback/mentorship, and attendance in at least two events)

Wages will be disclosed upon receiving application.

 

Click here to apply to be a mentee

Click here to apply to be a mentor

We thank all who apply, however, only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

Contact

Please direct any questions regarding the Horizons Writers Circle to program coordinator Luciana Erregue-Sacchi ([email protected]).

 

Support

The Horizons Writers Circle is supported by the City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Arts Council

 

 

 

 

 

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2021 Own Voices Alberta

In partnership with the Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA) and with the support from the Calgary Foundation, the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society (AWCS) designed Own Voices Alberta to yield new literary works, explore the BIPOC experience, and initiate dialogue that celebrates our diversity and contributes to a deeper understanding of one another. The program offers mentorship, workshops, discussions, networking, public reading opportunities, industry events, and more.

Own Voices Alberta runs from March to July 2021 and is set entirely online, unless otherwise specified for events and activities.

The program reflects AWCS’s advocacy of writing as a form of expression through meaningful engagement of emerging writers within the local BIPOC community. Our hope is to create opportunities for underserved writers, empowering them by supporting their self-determined journey to becoming established members of the literary community.

Mentorship is a significant part of the program. Participants are carefully matched with well-established members of the literary community who can address their specific creative and technical writing goals. 

This year's pairings are:

  • Allan B. Rosales will be mentored by Wakefield Brewster
  • Kirti Bhadresa will be mentored by Barb Howard
  • Monda Mahmoud will be mentored by Pam Clark
  • Nicole M’carthy will be mentored by Sam Jones
  • Sandro Silva will be mentored by Wendy McGrath
  • Vina Nguyen will be mentored by Lee Kvern