Mentor In The Loop

 

Our inaugural Mentor in the Loop program begins in September 2017 and will run to June 2018. Each month, an established writer will spend a week at the Alexandra Writers’ Centre facilitating events, leading workshops, and offering mentorship sessions to new and emerging writers.

Mentorships sessions are conversations–a chance for you to discuss your writing and ask questions. Whether you are looking at how to get published, how to overcome writer’s block, or how to address lingering self-doubt, the mentor will encourage and support you in all your writing goals. Whatever you need, the Mentor has been there.

Additionally, you can attend workshops and writing events to get you going. Mentors may offer Blue Pencil sessions to look over a sample of your writing.

There will be a new mentor every month, and programming will vary depending on the mentor.

Book a private session or register for one of the many workshops or other group events that will be offered over the week.

Affordable mentoring for all writers.

  • One-on-One Mentoring Session:
    • Members: $25/session
    • Non-Members: $35/session
  • Group Sessions:
    • Members: $5/session
    • Non-Members: $10/session
  • Mentor Workshops:
    • Regular Workshop Pricing (will vary)

 

February Mentor

Susan Forest

Susan Forest

Three-time Prix Aurora Award finalist, Susan Forest is a writer of science fiction, fantasy and horror, and Aurora-winning fiction editor for Laksa Media Groups. She has published over 25 short stories which have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Tesseracts, and OnSPEC Magazine, among others. Her collection of short fiction, Immunity to Strange Tales, was published by Five Rivers Press. Susan acted as judge for the Endeavour Award and the Robin Herrington Memorial Short Story Contest, and is a member of SFWA. She contributes to Calgary’s annual literary festival, When Words Collide, teaches creative writing at the Alexandra Centre, and has appeared at numerous local and international writing conventions. During her tenure as Mentor in the Loop, Susan will be offering the following programs:

  • Workshop: Inciting Incident to Resolution as a Fractal in Your Story
  • Theme: The Underpinning of Your Story
  • Mentorship Sessions
  • Blue Pencil Sessions
  • The Writers’ Circle: The Importance of the Antagonist as a Story Engine

For details and to register for these events, check our list of Courses and Workshops under the “Mentor in the Loop – January & February” heading, or download Susan’s PDF Schedule.

 

March Mentor

Kirk Miles

Kirk Miles

Kirk Miles’ poems have been produced on CBCs Alberta Anthology and his poetry and short stories have been published by several journals in western Canada. He won an Alberta Culture award for co-writing the critically acclaimed Juggler on a Drum. In 2002. In the fall of 2007 Bravo aired a half hour special of his life as a poet and clown. In June 2009 Kirk Miles won the Alberta Screenwriters Award for a screenplay entitled Shadow Makers. He has published four books of poetry. Kirk has been nominated twice for Calgary Poet Laureate and last year he was short-listed. During his tenure as Mentor in the Loop, Kirk will be offering the following programs:

  • Workshop: Making Poetry – Inspiration and Creating Material
  • Poetry and the Lyric: Putting Words to Music
  • Mentorship Sessions
  • Blue Pencil Sessions
  • The Writers’ Circle: Grant-Writing for Writers

For details and to register for these events, check our list of Courses and Workshops under the “Mentor in the Loop – March” heading, or download Kirk’s PDF Schedule.

 

June Mentor

Maraya Loza Koxahn

Maraya Loza Koxahn

Maraya is a published and award-winning author of poetry, short story and essay, with several articles published in national and international magazines and online. She writes travel-related blogs. She is currently working on her memoir called Love, Death & Tango. Maraya holds a BFA in Art Education and a BA in Psychology from the University of Calgary. Maraya has been a teacher and therapist for many years – working one to one and with small groups. As a freelance editor, she’s bit of a grammar nazi and a member of the punctuation police. She believes in the importance of learning the rules before you break them. During her tenure as Mentor in the Loop, Maraya will be offering the following programs:

  • Vision Boards
  • Blogging
  • Basic Editing
  • Mentorship Sessions
  • Blue Pencil Sessions
  • The Writers’ Circle: Bullpen Confessions

For details and to register for these events, check our list of Courses and Workshops under the “Mentor in the Loop – June” heading. Or check back here soon to see Maraya’s full schedule.
 

Other Mentoring Opportunities

If you’ve missed the Mentor In The Loop program, but you’re still interested in one-on-one consultations, then you may be interested in learning more about our Writer In Residence, Sarah L. Johnson, who will be at the Alexandra Writers’ Centre during April and May, 2018. Find more details on our Writer In Residence page.
 

Previous Mentors

Had a great mentoring session? Interested in following a mentor’s work or taking a future course with them? Find them here:

Have any questions about the Mentor in the Loop program? Contact us!