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Events & Workshops

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Calls Of Interest

Start: October 19, 2020
Debbie Sunchild-Petersen - Indigenou Program Manager
Start: October 19, 2020

Applications: 2021 Indigenous Mentorship Program

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The SWG Indigenous Mentorship Program allows developing Indigenous 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 Indigenous writers in all genres and will be tailored to the apprentice's individual needs. The four (4) participants (two mentors and two apprentices) will work together for approximately 20 hours a month in collaboration through email, phone, and online meetings. Due to COVID-19, travel restrictions may be in place which may require the mentor and apprentice to work virtually. The program will run from January 1 to May 31, 2021.


The focus of the program is craft development, manuscript preparation, the business of writing and editing; apprentices should not expect to have a completed manuscript by the end of the program. 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.


Deadline: Applications must be emailed to or postmarked by Monday, October 19, 2020 (midnight).


Indigenous Mentors

The SWG is seeking experienced Indigenous writers in all genres to participate in the Indigenous Mentorship Program. Mentors who have participated in the regular SWG Mentorship Program or Indigenous Mentorship Programs in the past are welcome to 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; and
  • preference will be given to those who self-identify as Indigenous or Metis and are Saskatchewan residents.

Mentors will receive an honorarium of $3,125 for their participation in the five (5) month program.

Indigenous Apprentices

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

  • have a body of work of sufficient quality to benefit from the program;
  • have work in progress when they apply;
  • have had a book published in the genre in which they wish to apprentice;
  • have demonstrated their commitment to writing by having participated in some form of professional development;
  • are free to devote a significant amount of time to the program - a minimum of 20-25 hours per month; and
  • preference will be given to those who self-identify as Indigenous or Metis and are Saskatchewan residents, 19 years of age or older.

The results of this competition will be announced in November. The decision of the jury is final. Jurors may choose to not make the two (2) matches.


For detailed submission guidelines, click here