The 2015 QWF Mentorship pairs are:
- Young Adult Fiction
- David Homel will mentor Bailey Seybolt of Montreal
- Elaine Kalman Naves will mentor Morgan Charles of Montreal
- Licia Canton will mentor Kate Henderson of Montreal
- Anna Leventhal will mentor Allegra McKenzie of Wakefield
- Guillaume Morissette will mentor Brendan Adams of Montreal
- Alice Zorn will mentor Sivan Slapak of Côte-St-Luc
Thank you to everyone who submitted an application to the 2015 mentorship program.
The call for applications to the 2016 mentorship program will be posted here the late fall, 2015.
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 $1500. The only cost to protegés is a $25 non-refundable application fee.
This program is intended for Quebec residents 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. Nor are those who have already had a QWF mentorship.
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.
For more information:
Telephone: (514) 933-0878
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).
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 email@example.com.
Writers in CEGEPs
Please note that all of the funds for the 2014-2015 Writers in CEGEPs Program have now been committed. Seventeen events featuring ten different authors were presented or are to be presented, between September 2014 and March 2015. Please watch this site at the end of the summer of 2015 for information about the 2015-2016 program.
Click here for general 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
For more information, please click on the appropriate link below:
- General information about the program
- Apply to have a writer visit your CEGEP [PDF]
- Rules for Reimbursement for Travel and Lodging Costs
- List of Eligible Authors for 2014–2015