Audible Canada is reinstating the Indigenous Writers’ Circle mentorship program to connect famous Indigenous authors with promising young Indigenous writers.
The Indigenous Writers’ Circle brings together seven mentors — Richard Van Camp, Angela Sterritt, Reneltta Arluk, Ryan McMahon, Janet Rogers, Dr. Jas M. Morgan and Clayton Thomas-Muller — to guide Indigenous writers through the creative process and grasp opportunities to meet their goals as writers.
Sterritt, award-winning CBC journalist and author of an upcoming memoir Uninterruptedsaid it was great to mentor budding Indigenous writers.
“I had so many mentors to support me and uplift me,” she said. “…To me, coming full circle to being able to support and select aboriginal youth – that’s huge. There were projects like this when I was growing up, but I never had an Aboriginal mentor. It’s all about being able to sit across from someone and ask “how did you get here”.
Samantha Krilow is a Métis post-secondary student pursuing a degree in creative writing. Krilow participated in Writers Circle last year and was paired with Tanya Talaga. Krilow said the Circle gave her valuable insight into the life of a writer and helped her write with her own indigenous voice.
“I was working on a young adult thriller centered around two Indigenous women. The Circle really changed that story. They went from a story featuring Indigenous characters to an Indigenous story told by an Indigenous writer.
The Circle helped Krilow build his story around elements of his mixed-race culture, in particular a werewolf creature called Rougarou. By the end of the circle, Krilow had completed half of his manuscript. She is working hard to complete the rest as she completes her degree.
Apps for the Indigenous Writers’ Circle are open until May 31 to writers who identify as Indigenous, Inuit or Métis. Ideal candidates have an interest, basic knowledge, or background in writing and plan to pursue a career in the literary arts. Candidates must be at least 18 years old.
21 places are open to participants.
Scholarships of $1,500 are available to support applicants throughout the six-month program.