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)

 

October Mentor

Steven Ross Smith

Steven Ross Smith

Steven Ross Smith has published thirteen books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. He is an arts journalist, writing on literary and visual art. He studied and worked in film and television as a scriptwriter. He has given talks, workshops, mentorships, and served as Writer In Residence in many communities and institutions since the mid-70s. During his tenure as Mentor in the Loop, Steven will be offering the following programs:

  • Workshop: Tonguing the Text
  • Ramble, Reflect, Write: A Walking Workshop
  • Sourcing Resources: Resources for Writers
  • Mentorship Sessions
  • Blue Pencil Sessions
  • The Writers’ Circle: Tastings Some Texts: 5 Alberta Poets

For details and to register for these events, check our list of Courses and Workshops under the “Mentor in the Loop – September & October” heading, or download Steven’s PDF schedule.

 

November Mentor

Karen Lee

Karen Lee

Karen Lee is the author of two books, Consulting into the Future, and The Full Catastrophe, a memoir of her two marriages, widowhood, and healing after trauma. She publishes non-fiction on the psychology of management, consulting, historical pieces, and dealing with abuse. She developed the course “Writing Memoir When Your Story is Difficult” by focusing on the courage it takes to deal with difficult writing topics, self-care, writing skills and the journey of change we all go through in our lifetimes. She creates a safe environment so writing students can open up at their own pace in order to dig deep and write their truth. During her tenure as Mentor in the Loop, Karen will be offering the following programs:

  • Workshop: Dig Deep – Character Development through Guided Meditation
  • Memory to Scene
  • Mentorship Sessions
  • Blue Pencil Sessions
  • The Writers’ Circle: Fiction vs. Non-Fiction

For details and to register for these events, check our list of Courses and Workshops under the “Mentor in the Loop – November & December” heading, or download Karen’s PDF schedule.

 

December Mentor

Anne Metikosh

Anne Metikosh

Anne Metikosh is the author of four published novels as well as numerous articles and short stories in a variety of genres, including mystery, historical fiction, and creative non-fiction. For the past several years, she has been teaching novel-related courses at AWCS and doing manuscript critiques for the Writers’ Guild. When she isn’t helping other writers beat their prose into shape, she’s working on some projects of her own.

  • Workshop: Say What?
  • Red Pencil Cafe: An Editing Workshop
  • Show AND Tell
  • Mentorship Sessions
  • Blue Pencil Sessions
  • The Writers’ Circle: Fiction vs. Non-Fiction

For details and to register for these events, check our list of Courses and Workshops under the “Mentor in the Loop – November & December” heading, or download Anne’s PDF schedule.

 

Upcoming Mentors

Our upcoming mentors:

  • January: Axel Howerton
  • February: Susan Forest
  • March: Kirk Miles
  • April & May: Writer In Residence
  • June: Maraya Loza Koxhan

 

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!