Writers' Programs

The QWF 2014 Mentorship Program pairs were:

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 Ariela Freedman of Montreal
Maya Merrick will mentor Laura Rietveld of Montreal

Congratulations and thank you to the 2014 QWF Mentorship pairs!

The call for applications to the 2015 mentorship program will be posted on this website late Fall 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.

Canada Council for the Arts / Conseil des Arts du Canada

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

Please click here for information on how to book a writer.

The Writers in CEGEPs program sends established English-language Quebec writers into CEGEP classrooms to promote language-arts skills and an appreciation of literature. Financed by the Ministry of Culture and Communications, the program targets both public and private CEGEPs, and is designed primarily for students enrolled in English literature courses. While English-language CEGEPs are the chief audience, French-language CEGEPs with courses in English Literature are also encouraged to invite English-language writers. The program supports events open to the greater CEGEP community.

The Union des écrivaines et des écrivains québécois administers the program, aided by The Quebec Writers' Federation. They may be reached at 514-849-8540 or by email, at ecrivez@uneq.qc.ca.

CEGEP professors interested in inviting a writer to their classroom can see a list of eligible writers with descriptions of their work and the activities they propose here. Links to more detailed information about the program and an application form to request funding for a writer visit, can be found in the right margin of this page.