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July 10, 2020

BIPOC Writers Connect: Facilitating Mentorship, Creating Community

Hosted by Writers' Union of Canada

BIPOC Writers Connect Facilitating Mentorship, Creating Community is a free event, but advance application is required. The deadline to submit your application is Friday, July 10 at 11:59PM Pacific Time. Results will be sent to all applicants by August 2020.

Last year, The Writers’ Union of Canada and the League of Canadian Poets invited selected Black, Indigenous, and racialized emerging writers from the Greater Toronto Area to connect with industry professionals, funding officers, and established authors. Each attendee left feeling energized and inspired about their own writing practice. We are pleased to be able to continue and expand this program this year with Toronto and Vancouver events.

We are committed to cultivating space where BIPOC writers can share tools, strategies, feedback, and knowledge. We are also cognizant of the continuing uncertainties and risks surrounding COVID-19. The Union and the League have monitored announcements from public health authorities and each level of government in Toronto and Vancouver since we launched the conference in April. After much consideration toward the health and safety of each participant, volunteer and staff members, TWUC and LCP have ultimately decided to move forward with adapting both conferences for online delivery.

We are confident that BIPOC Writers Connect will be a fulfilling, exciting, and inspiring event for Black, Indigenous, and racialized emerging and established writers. Amid the uncertainties we are all facing in these unprecedented times, we believe that this opportunity for mentorship and community is more valuable than ever before.

Program

  • Manuscript Evaluation & Mentorship
  • Grant Writing Essentials
  • Connect with Literary Professionals
  • First Page Challenge & Industry Panel

More information and how to apply

This event was created in response to the unique barriers faced by Black, Indigenous, and racialized emerging writers navigating the literary industry. The Union has set aside some funding to accommodate tech rentals for participants who may require.