About the Program
The Saskatchewan Writers' Guild mentorship program allows developing writers (the apprentices) to work in a supportive environment under the guidance of professional writers (the mentors). The mentor provides the apprentice with one-on-one instruction (not editorial services) in the craft of creative writing.
How Does The Program Work?
The program is open to writers in all genres and is tailored to the apprentice's individual needs. The pairs are in weekly contact and can communicate through E-mail, phone, and face-to-face meetings. When an apprentice and mentor do not live in the same community, at least one face-to-face meeting is required (to take place within the first two weeks of the program).
Because the focus of the program is on craft development, apprentices should not expect to have a completed manuscript by the end of the program (although that sometimes occurs). Sometimes apprentices focus only on a limited section of their work in order to go deeper into it.
Also, because the program will focus on the apprentices' development of their craft, it's possible that apprentices may not produce a significant amount of new work during the mentorship, but will instead work with previously written material.
At the end of the program, the apprentices give a public reading of their work.
When Does The Program Run?
The program runs from January—April each year (this is contingent upon receipt of funding each year).
Indigenous Mentorship program run dates vary.
Who Can Apply To Be An Apprentice?
Eligible applicants will meet the following criteria:
Who Can Apply To Be a Mentor?
Mentors are required to have the following qualifications:
Applications must be postmarked by the last Friday in September (in 2018, October 1).
The application information for both apprentices and mentors can be found here.
Potential applicants are encouraged to wait until the call for applications is issued each year before submitting their application to ensure that their applications are complete.
The call for applications will be found each year on the Guild home page beginning in late-July.
For more information, please contact:
Yolanda Hansen, Program Manager
This program is supported by generous funding by the Canada Council for the Arts.