Writers' Programs

The QWF is pleased to announce the following 2014 Mentorship Program pairs:

Peter Richardson will mentor Anouk Mackenzie of Montreal

Young Adult
Raquel Rivera will mentor Karen Nesbitt of Pierrefonds

Laurie Gough will mentor Holly Gauthier-Frankel of Montreal
Merrily Weisbord will mentor Crystal Chan of Montreal
Katia Grubisic will mentor Deborah VanSlet of Montreal

Elise Moser will mentor Ariella Freedman of Montreal
Maya Merrick will mentor Laura Rietveld of Montreal

A public reading featuring the seven emerging writers, introduced by their mentors, will take place in late May or early June. Watch this page for an announcement of the date and location.
The call for applications to the 2015 mentorship program will be posted on this website in the fall of 2014.

The QWF Mentorship program is designed to help promising emerging writers make the transition to the next stage of their careers. Over a period of approximately four months, mentors are expected to devote 35 to 40 hours to reading and responding to their protegé’s work and giving guidance towards the goal of publication or production. Protegés are expected to commit a minimum of 15 to 20 hours per month to the program. Remuneration for mentors is $1200. The only cost to protegés is a $25 non-refundable application fee. The call for applications happens once a year, in the fall, with an early December deadline.

This program is intended for writers who do not have other resources at hand for professional mentorship. As such, students currently in writing programs and authors working with a professional editor/publisher are not eligible for this program.Both mentors and mentees will be selected by an independent jury. There is no guarantee that all genres will be included in the final pairings. Depending on geographical location, some of the Quebec mentorships may also be conducted primarily by email, Skype and telephone.

Writers in the Community

Writers in the Community, which the QWF runs in collaboration with the Centre for Literacy of Quebec, brings the literary arts to young people who are left out of the artistic mainstream. Past and present partners include Mountainview High School, Dawson Alternative School, Vanguard Intercultural School, Elizabeth House, Ste Rose, BUMP, Val d’Or Community Learning Centre, O3 Les maisons transitionelles, Batshaw Youth and Family Services, LEARN Community Learning Centre Initiative, NDG Community Council, Jeunesse 2000, Head & Hands, Leave Out ViolencE, Tyndale St-Georges Community Centre, the Jewish General Hospital, and VOYCE (Voices Of Youth in Care).

Street Story

Click on the image above to see the Writers in the Community web page, where you'll find a music video, audio tracks, and poems created by participants in the Writers in the Community Program.

Writers in Schools

The Culture in the Schools program gives students and teachers the opportunity to meet a professional writer in the classroom to exchange ideas about writing, language and literature, or various aspects of the writing profession. They may also participate in writing workshops.

The program is intended for students of Quebec public and private educational institutions in the French-language and English-language sectors, at the pre-school, primary and secondary levels. For a complete repertoire of writers eligible to participate in the program, see the program web site.

Any questions about the Writers in Schools program should be directed to ecrivez@uneq.qc.ca.

Union des écrivaines et écrivains québécois Ministère de la Culture et des Communications

Writers in CEGEPs

ATTENTION CEGEP PROFESSORS: The funding for the English portion of the 2013-2014 Writers in CEGEPs program has now been exhausted. That means that if you are waiting for a response from UNEQ about a pending application for the remainder of the school year, it will almost certainly NOT be funded. "Almost," because there is a slim chance that additional funds could be freed up.

Obviously, it is also very unlikely that new requests will be funded. However, we would still like you to continue to submit your requests to UNEQ. This is because in order to make a case for increasing the amount of money the ministry allots to the English program, UNEQ has to establish that the demand for the program is greater than the current funding "envelope" can cover.  For that reason, we'd like more CEGEPs to send in their applications even though we know this year's funds have been used up.

Finally, if you wish to go ahead and invite a writer and negotiate a fee to be paid solely by your CEGEP, you are of course free to do so.

Writers - To participate in the program, please complete the following form and submit it with your supporting materials:
Writers - Application Form [PDF]

The Quebec Writers' Federation is responsible for revising the list of writers eligible to participate in the Quebec Writers-in-Cegeps program. Modeled after the successful Writers-in-Schools program and financed by the Quebec Ministry of Culture and Communications, this program sends writers on day-long visits to Cegeps throughout the province. English-language Cegeps are the primary audience, but French-language Cegeps are also encouraged to invite English-language writers. (Each Cegep can invite two writers per school year.)

Writers receive an honorarium of $500 per day for a day of readings and lectures, or a day of writing workshops, and $400 per day for a day of meetings and discussions. Of this, the Cegep pays $100, while the rest comes from the Ministry of Culture and Communications.