Program

Meet your 2021 Mentorship Program participants

Congratulations to the six apprentice writers selected for this year’s Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program! And thank you to each of the authors who will mentor them!

Fiction

Robert de la Chevotiere will be mentored by Evelyn C. White

Danica Roache will be mentored by Stephanie Domet

Poetry

Justyne Leslie will be mentored by Rebecca Thomas

Martha Mutale will be mentored by El Jones

YA Fiction

Lori McKay will be mentored by Tom Ryan

Nicolas Paquette will be mentored by Sylvia Gunnery

Celebrating the 2020 graduates of the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program

In 2020, with pandemic conditions prohibiting the annual Celebration of Emerging Writers, we’re celebrating the graduates of the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program by sharing their work with you in video form, illustrated and animated by Nova Scotia visual artists. View all their videos here.

Bev Shaw reading “Undertow,” with animation by Anna Quon

Brad Donaldson reading “Away,” with illustration by Patrick McWade

Joanne Gallant reading an excerpt from her memoir, with videography by Catherine Bussiere

Angela Bowden reading “Black Boy Guilty” and “The Belly of the Beast,” with artwork by Doretta Groenendyk

Sandra Murdock reading “No is a Complete Sentence,” with illustration by Marijke Simons

Katie Cameron reading “Anticipatory Grief” and “Fences,” with animation by Paton Francis

Sue Murtagh reading “Lost Purse,” with illustration by Belle DeMont

Virtual Poetry in Motion Celebration

We’re proud to present our virtual Poetry in Motion Celebration for 2020 — on the theme “journeys” — featuring video readings of all ten selected poems by, of course, the poets themselves: Sue GoyetteAsha JeffersNanci LeeVanessa LentTiffany MorrisNolan NatashaLorri Neilsen GlennAnna QuonSamantha Sternberg, and Evelyn C. White.

You can also purchase all ten poems as a postcard set ($10 plus shipping). All proceeds from postcard sales will support the endowment for our new Nova Scotia Poetry Award.

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