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Applications now accepted for 2021 Mentorship Program

The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild is now accepting applications for apprentices and mentors for the 2021 Mentorship Program. This program allows developing writers (apprentices) to work in a supportive environment under the guidance of professional writers (mentors). The mentor provides the apprentice with one-on-one instruction in the craft of creative writing, and pairs will be in regular contact during the program. The program is open to writers in all genres and will be tailored to the apprentice's individual needs. 

Due to our current circumstances during COVID-19, there are a few changes to note about the 2021 Mentorship program. We have extended the program to run from January 1 to May 31, 2021, and this year’s program will include 5 pairs of mentors and apprentices (an increase from our usual pairings of 4 mentors and apprentices). Due to current and potential restrictions on travel, pairs must be prepared to work virtually (i.e video calls, email, phone calls) during their time in the program if they aren’t able to meet in person, and all participants will be required to attend a few video calls facilitated by the SWG using Zoom during the program. 
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 emailed or postmarked by Wednesday, September 30, 2020 (midnight).
Application Guidelines are found here. To help the SWG support writers of diverse communities and identities, we encourage applicants to self-declare if they identify as a writer of a marginalized cultural community (i.e. Black, Indigenous or Person of Colour). 

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.
Five mentors will be selected based on 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 five-month mentorship period
  • Saskatchewan residency preferred
Mentors will receive an honorarium of $3,125 for their participation from Jan 1 to May 31, 2021. 

Call for Apprentices

The SWG is seeking five 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 for five months.
  • 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 five matches.

For more information, please contact:
Yolanda Hansen, Program Manager
T: 306.791.7743
E: programs@skwriter.com

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