The Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia is pleased to announce the 2019 - 2020 roster of participants for the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program. The WFNS received a record number of applications, and members of the peer assessment jury (Sarah Mian, John Wall Barger, and Matt Robinson) were quite impressed with the high quality of writing samples submitted this year.
Assessment of all submissions is based on the quality of the writing sample, commitment to writing as demonstrated in the application, and the merit of the proposed project activity. The high number of submissions means the mentorship program is incredibly competitive, and the the peer assessment jury had a difficult job. The program’s limited available resources means there are often promising writers who cannot be accommodated, and this should not be regarded as a reflection of their promise and ongoing development as a writer. We encourage all unsuccessful applicants to continue their development by continuing to write, taking writing classes (such as First Words: Fiction offered regularly), and considering programs such as the Manuscript Review Program. And please, re-apply next year. Often applicants tell us they've applied before, and their commitment and perserverance impresses the jury.
Thank you also to the members of Writers' Council who indicated they would like to serve as members.
Without further ado, here are the mentorship pairings for 2019 – 2020. Congratulations apprentice writers!
Apprentice Writer Mentor
Katie Cameron Nolan Natasha
Angela Bowden Sue Goyette
Sandra Murdock Lorri Neilsen Glenn
Brad Donaldson Andrew Battershill
Susan Murtagh Alexander MacLeod
Bev Shaw Valerie Compton
Joanne Gallant Carole Langille
Many thanks to our funders the RBC Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts for support of the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program. Proceeds from Gather 'Round, an evening of holiday stories and songs, on Dec. 5, 2019 will go towards the support of the mentorship program. For further details and to purchase tickets, read on.