Mentorship Program via THE WRITERS' GUILD OF ALBERTA

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Mentorship Program via THE WRITERS' GUILD OF ALBERTA

"The mission of the Writers Guild of Alberta (WGA) is to inspire, connect, support, encourage and promote writers and writing, to safeguard the freedom to write and to read, and to advocate for the well-being of writers."

About This Project

The Writers' Guild of Alberta’s Mentorship Program, modeled off similar programs, matches three mentors with three apprentices for a four month mentorship. The program is designed to meet the needs of emerging Alberta writers for guidance, collaboration and encouragement while senior writers receive short-term employment and an opportunity to sharpen their mentoring/teaching skills. The focus of the mentorship is on instruction in the craft, and to a lesser extent, the business of writing. In order for the program to be accessible to writers of all economic means, there is no cost to the apprentices. A public reading takes place after the mentorship is completed.

Apprentices have gone on to publish the manuscripts they worked on during the mentorship, as well as go on to become writing instructors themselves.

“My time with my mentor was nothing short of life-changing. Her criticism, coupled with her wisdom and gentle humor was instrumental in transforming my manuscript from a first draft to an award-winning novel.”
— Ali Bryan, author of Roost and former apprentice of the WGA’s mentorship program

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The Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA) was formed in 1980 to provide a meeting ground and collective voice for all the writers of the province. Our members write in every genre and at every level of expertise, and enjoy a wide range of benefits and the opportunity to network with fellow writers.

The WGA helps give Alberta writers a sense of unity and community, and with over 1000 members, it is the largest provincial writers’ organization in Canada.

We offer opportunities for professional development and networking, including writing retreats, workshops, webinars, youth programs, and conferences. Our website includes podcasts, FAQs on writing and publishing topics, and a blog about the writing life.

We also host the annual Alberta Literary Awards. Created in 1982, these awards recognize excellence in writing by Alberta authors.

The WGA replies on the generosity of individuals and sponsors to accomplish our mission. Donating to the WGA directly supports the development of Alberta writers.

Donations can be directed to ongoing program and administrative costs or to the longevity and future sustainability of the organization though the WGA endowment plan.

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Please note that all donations made through ATB Cares are anonymous by default. If you wish for your donation to be recognized in the WGA’s donor acknowledgements, please use the optional comments fields to indicate your name and email address when making your donation. We do not have access to names or contact information entered in the fields for your charitable donation tax receipt. Donations made will be forwarded to the WGA on the month after the donation was made.

Please consider donating today and supporting Alberta’s vibrant literary community. The WGA Board of Directors, staff, and our membership thank you for your contributions to the WGA.

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