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Indigenous Mentorship Program

Write With the Guidance of Experienced Writers

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. Two pairs will work to develop the best methodology for working together and spend approximately 20 hours a month in collaboration through email, phone, face-to-face and online meetings. The program runs 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 swgip@skwriter.com or postmarked by October 19, 2020 (midnight).

Call for 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 the Aboriginal Mentorship Program 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 program.

Mentor guidelines

There is no application form for this program. Instead, send the following material:

  • a literary resume (maximum 5 pages)
  • a cover letter which includes the following:
    • all your contact informaiton (including mailing and email address, phone number);
    • a specification of the genres or types of writing you will be willing to work with; 
    • a brief paragraph explaining why you are interested in the program.
    • please indicate if you are a Saskatchewan resident and self-identify as Indigenous or Metis; and
    • an explanation of what the apprentice could learn from you.

Call for 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:

  • 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; and
  • preference will be given to those who self-identify as Indigenous or Metis and are Saskatchewan residents, 19 years of age or older.

Apprentice guidelines

There is no application form or fee for this program. Instead, send the following material:

  • a cover letter which includes the following information:
    • your contact information (mailing and email address, phone number);
    • a confirmation that you have no books published or accepted for publication in the genre in which you wish to apprentice;
    • confirmation that you are a Saskatchewan resident, 19 years or older;
    • self-identify as Indigenous or Metis;
    • an explanation of the project you would work on during the mentorship period;
    • a clear statement of what you hope to achieve through the program (the more specific the better - e.g. better dialogue, more skilful use of imagery...);
    • an outline of past professional development experience;
    • a description of the quantity of material you will have available to work with over the mentorship period (e.g. number of poems written, number of pages already written for a novel);
    • a description of how long you have been writing and a summary of your writing activitiy for the past 12 months;
    • an outline of your family, work, educational, and cultural commitments during the time of the program AND how you will make time for the required minimum of 20-25 hours per month for the program while still accommodating them
  • a sample of recent writing (no longer than 10 pages) in the genre in which you plan to work during the mentorship period (double-spaced for prose, single- or double-spaced for poetry).

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 two matches.

Formatting guidelines for mentors and apprentices

  • submit all material on 8 ½ x 11 inch white paper (if submitting print copies)
  • type all entries in black ink
  • use plain text12 point fonts (e.g. Times New Roman, Arial, Courier)
  • have 1.25" margins on all sides
  • single-side all pages
  • please do not submit pages that have been hole-punched
  • to fasten submissions, use paper clips (including fold-back clips)—avoid staples or any other fastener which goes through the paper (including binders and presentation covers)
  • if sent by courier, send to the courier address listed below, not the box number
  • electronic submissions welcome

Please keep a copy of your submission; material will not be returned. The applications of apprentices who have been accepted to the program will be forwarded to the mentor.

Applications must be emailed to swgip@skwriter.com or postmarked by September 30 (midnight). Late applications will not be accepted. 

Please Note:  Material sent to the box number may take an extra day for processing and may, therefore, arrive late. If you are sending material close to the deadline, please consider Xpress Post, Priority Post, courier, or special delivery. If sending by courier, send it to the courier address listed below, not the box number.

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 if they believe there is a lack of suitable candidates.

Send Applications to ONE of the following addresses:

Mailing Address Courier or Drop Off Address
Saskatchewan Writers' Guild
Box 3986
Regina, SK  S4P 3R9
Saskatchewan Writers' Guild
100 - 1150 8th Avenue
Regina, SK  S4R 1C9

For more information, please contact:

Indigenous Program Manager
T:
 306.242.6070 ext. 5718| E: swgip@skwriter.com

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