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Applications now open for 2020 Mentorship Program

The SWG Mentorship Program allows developing writers to work in a supportive environment under the guidance of professional writers.

The mentor provides the apprentice with one-on-one instruction in the craft of creative writing. The program is open to writers in all genres and will be tailored to the apprentice's individual needs. The pairs will be in weekly contact and can communicate through email, 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.

The focus of the program is craft development; apprentices should not expect to have a completed manuscript by the end of the program. The program will run from January 1 to April 30, 2020. At the end of the program, the apprentices will give a public reading of their work.

There is no cost to apply for this program and there are no participation fees.

Please read the complete program details carefully before applying.

Deadline: Applications must be postmarked by Monday, September 30, 2019.

Application Guidelines are found here.


Call for Mentors

The SWG is seeking experienced writers in all genres to participate in the Mentorship Program. Mentors who have participated in the program in the past are welcome to re-apply.

Mentors will be selected based upon the following criteria:

  • the possession of a significant body of published work
  • experience as a teacher, workshop leader, mentor, writer-in-residence, or editor
  • the ability to commit time (15-20 hours per month) during the mentorship period
  • Saskatchewan residency

Mentors will receive an honorarium of $2,500 for their participation in the program.


Call for Apprentices

The SWG is seeking four writers who wish to develop their skills in the craft of creative writing. Eligible applicants will meet the following criteria:

  • they will have a body of work of sufficient quality to benefit from the program
  • they will have work in progress when they apply
  • they will not have had a book published in the genre in which they wish to apprentice
  • they have demonstrated their commitment to writing by having participated in some form of professional development.
  • they will be free to devote a significant amount of time to the program: a minimum of 20-25 hours per month.
  • they will be Saskatchewan residents 19 years of age or older


The results of this competition will be announced in November. The decisions of the jury will be final. Jurors may choose to not make the entire four matches.

For more information contact the Program Manager Yolanda Hansen at 306.791.7743 or programs@skwriter.com.



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