Past Program Participants
2019 Mentors / Apprentices:
Jacqueline Dumas (Dartmouth) worked with K.R. Byggdin (Halifax) on a fiction manuscript.
Linda Little (River John) worked with Judy Kaiser (Fourchu, Cape Breton) on a fiction manuscript.
Dian Day (Central Caribou) worked with Vanessa Lent (Dartmouth) on a fiction manuscript.
Carol Bruneau (Halifax) worked with Sean Bedell (Dartmouth) on a fiction manuscript.
2018 Mentors / Apprentices:
Ian Colford (Halifax) worked with Bretten Hannam (Bear River) on a fiction manuscript.
Sylvia Gunnery (LaHave) worked with Bethany Lake (Halifax) on a fiction manuscript.
Bethany Myers (Halifax) worked with Laura Redman (Church Point) on a fiction manuscript.
Norene Smiley (Pugwash) worked with Allison Richard (Avonport) on a fiction manuscript.
2017 Mentors / Apprentices:
Stephanie Domet (Halifax) worked with Amanda Peters (Falmouth) on a fiction manuscript.
Stephen Law (Kennetcook) worked with Louise Cameron (Halifax) on a fiction manuscript.
Margo Wheaton (Halifax) worked with Caira Clark (Halifax) on a poetry manuscript.
2016 Mentors / Apprentices:
Carol Bruneau (Halifax) worked with Nicola Davison (Dartmouth) on a fiction manuscript.
Linda Little (River John) worked with Erin Beth Langille (Truro) on a fiction manuscript.
Darcy Rhyno (Little Harbour) worked with Chad Lucas (Beaver Bank) on a YA fiction manuscript.
A.J.B. (John) Johnston (Halifax) worked with Linda McLean (Halifax) on a fiction manuscript.
Susan Haley (Black River) worked with Lindsay Wilson (Halifax) on a fiction manuscript.
2015 Mentors / Apprentices:
Carole Langille / Maryann Martin (poetry)
Binnie Brennan / Sally Reardon (fiction)
Alice Burdick / Bethany Hindmarsh (poetry)
Keir Lowther / Helen Petrulak (fiction)
Krista Johansen / Lindsey Carmichael (YA fiction)
2014 Mentors / Apprentices:
Kathleen Martin / Lindy Weilgart (non-fiction)
Anne Simpson / Rita Wilson (poetry)
Elaine McCluskey / Marie Solis (poetry)
Dana Mills / Maureen Ryan-St. Clair (fiction)
Jaime Forsythe / Nolan Pike (fiction)
2013 Mentors / Apprentices:
Jaime Forsythe / Kristin Slaney
Stephens Gerard Malone / Corrinne Gilroy
Heather Jessup / Joshua Tibbetts
Shandi Mitchell / David Hood
Ian McGillis* / Jessica Chisholm
*McGillis was a member of the Quebec Writers' Federation as part of a mentorship exchange program of mentors and apprentice writers. In exchange, Alexander MacLeod mentored an apprentice writer from Quebec. This exchange initiative was made possible by the generous support of The Writers’ Trust of Canada.
2012 Mentors / Apprentices:
Susan Haley / Carmelita Boivin-Cole
William Kowalski / Ian MacLeod
Kate Kennedy / Vincent MacIllivray
Stephanie Domet / Meagan Campbell
2011 Mentors / Apprentices:
Carol Bruneau / Catherine Cooper
William Kowalski / Jan Florek
Brian Bartlett / Anna Mancini
Philip Roy / Katrina Nicholson
2010 Mentors / Apprentices:
Mary Jane Copps / Jane Finlay-Young
Matt Robinson / Jenny McDougall
Lorri Neilsen Glenn / Brian Braganza
Stephens Gerard Malone / Melanie Furlong
Maureen Hull / Sara Jewel-Mattinson
Past Participants Professionally Published
The list of emerging writers who have participated in the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program who have gone on to publish is both long and impressive:
Nicola Davison, In the Wake, Nimbus Publishing, 2018.
(Mentored in 2016 by Carol Bruneau)
Maureen St. Clair, Big Island, Small, Fernwood Publishing, 2018.
(Mentored in 2014 by Dana Mills)
Sally Reardon, The Spanish Boy, Signature Editions, 2016.
(Mentored in 2015 by Binnie Brennan)
David Hood, What Kills Good Men, Nimbus Publishing, 2015.
(Mentored in 2013 by Shandi Mitchell)
Glenna Jenkins, Somewhere I Belong, Acorn Press Canada, 2014.
(Mentored in 2011 by William Kowalski)
Keir Lowther, Dirty Bird, Tightrope Press, 2012.
(Mentored in 2007 by Bill Kowalski)
Jan Coates, The Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk, Red Deer Press, 2010.
(Mentored in 2009 by Gary Blackwood)
Christine McRae, Next to Nothing, Wolsak and Wynn, 2009.
(Mentored in 2007 by Marilyn Iwama)
Judy Dudar, I Spy a Bunny, Nimbus, 2009.
(Mentored in 2009 by Sylvia Gunnery)
Amy Jones, What Boys Like, Biblioasis, 2009.
(Mentored in 2005 by Linda Little)
Shandi Mitchell, Under This Unbroken Sky, Penguin, 2009. Simultaneously published by Penguin Canada, Weidenfeld & Nicolson (UK) and Harper Collins (US) in August 2009.
(Mentored in 2005 by Sue Goyette)
Ryan Turner, What We’re Made Of, Oberon Press, 2009.
(Mentored in 2004 by Richard Cumyn)
Emily Holton, Dear Canada Council / Our Starland, Conundrum Press, 2008.
(Mentored in 2005 by Donna Morrissey)
Jacob Mooney, The New Layman’s Almanac, M&S, 2008.
(Mentored in 2005 by Lesley Choyce)
(Mentored in 2003 by Richard Cumyn)
Genevieve Lehr, The Sorrowing House, Brick Books, 2004.
(Mentored in 2002 by Sue Goyette)
Marilyn Iwama, Skin Whispers Down, Thistledown Press, 2003.
(Mentored in 2002 by Sue MacLeod)