The 2021 cohort has been announced for the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s 2021 Rising Stars program. The program invites established Canadian writers to select emerging talent to mentor.
The program, which was launched in 2019, gives each mentee $5,000, career development and networking opportunities, and a two-week residency at the Banff Centre in addition to the mentorship. Mentors were invited to participate by the Writers’ Trust.
The participating talent includes:
Work: The novels After Elias (2020) and July’s The Rebellious Tide (Dundurn Press).
Mentor: Brian Francis (a.k.a. Q&Q’s Agony Editor columnist)
Work: The primatologist is also the author of Chasing Lemurs: My Journey into the Heart of Madagascar (2020).
Mentor: Deborah Campbell
Work: Her short-story “Crows” won the Budge Wilson Short Fiction Prize in 2017.
Mentor: Katherena Vermette
Update, May 7; Correction: This post has been updated from the original to list Katherena Vermette as the correct mentor for Amanda Peters. The original incorrectly listed Sue Goyette as Peters’s mentor.