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Audible announces the second year of the Indigenous Writers' Circle program

The 2022 mentorship and workshop program is for emerging First Nations, Métis and Inuit writers. The deadline to submit to the program is May 31, 2022.

The deadline to submit to the program is May 31, 2022 

The six-month mentorship and workshop program is for emerging First Nations, Inuit and Métis writers in Canada who are looking to work with established Indigenous authors to create their stories. (Alejandro Escamilla on Unsplash)

Celebrating its second year, the Audible Indigenous Writers' Circle is now accepting applications for its 2022 program.

The six-month mentorship and workshop initiative aims to help emerging Indigenous writers looking to elevate their stories. 

The program is open to First Nations, Inuit and Métis writers. The deadline to submit is May 31, 2022.

The program will connect 21 participants with one of seven Indigenous mentors who will guide them through the creative process, and help them identify and pursue opportunities in line with their writing goals. 

Last year, author Richard Van Camp spoke to CBC Books about being a mentor for the Writers' Circle: "Our job is to build them up, make them feel good about themselves. There's nothing wrong with a nine figure book deal. There's nothing wrong with being represented by a major agent to sell your book."

Now, he has returned for the program's second year and will work alongside six other mentors: Angela Sterritt, Reneltta Arluk, Ryan McMahon, Janet Rogers, Dr. Jas M. Morgan and Clayton Thomas-Müller

Richard Van Camp, who is of the Dene nation from Fort Smith, N.W.T., is best known for his 1996 novel The Lesser Blessed, which was adapted into a film by director Anita Doron in 2012. He has written 26 books in multiple genres, including children's books, novels and comics.

Based in Vancouver, Angela Sterritt is an award-winning journalist, author and artist from the Gitanmaax community of the Gitxsan Nation on her dad's side and from Bell Island Newfoundland on her maternal side. 

Her forthcoming book, Unbroken, is part memoir and part investigation into the murders and disappearances of Indigenous women. It is set to be published in September 2022. She also writes the CBC column 'Reconcile This,' which tackles the tensions between Indigenous people and institutions in B.C. 

Ryan McMahon is an Anishinaabe comedian, writer, media maker and community activator from Couchiching First Nation in Treaty 3 Territory.

Reneltta Arluk is a writer and actor of Inuvialuit and Chipewyan-Cree descent originally from the Northwest Territories. She has been a professional theatre maker for two decades and is currently director of Indigenous Arts at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Janet Rogers is an award-winning Mohawk and Tuscarora poet, media producer, performer and sound artist from Six Nations of the Grand River. She has written six collections of poetry, beginning with Splitting the Heart. Her 2015 collection Totem Poles & Railroads told the story of Canada's contentious 500-year relationship with Indigenous nations. As Long as the Sun Shines is her most recent book.

Dr. Jas M. Morgan is an award-winning Cree, Saulteaux and Métis writer, artist and professor in the Department of English at Toronto Metropolitan University, formerly Ryerson University. Her first book nîtisânak won the 2019 Dayne Ogilive Prize and a 2019 Quebec Writer's Federation first book prize, and has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and an Indigenous Voices Literary Award.

Clayton Thomas-Müller is one of the 2022 mentors in the Audible Indigenous Writers’ Circle. (Thelma Young Lutunatabua)

Clayton Thomas-Müller is a member of the Treaty #6 based Mathias Colomb Cree Nation located in Northern Manitoba. He's campaigned on behalf of Indigenous peoples around the world for more than 20 years, working with numerous organizations for social and environmental justice. His first book, Life in the City of Dirty Water, was a finalist for Canada Reads 2022. 

In addition to receiving hands-on mentorship, some of last year's participants went on to acquire agents and book deals, speak with publishers and have their works shortlisted for prizes. 

There's no cost for writers to apply and selected emerging writers are eligible for a bursary to support their participation in the program.

Applications close May 31. You can check out more about the Audible Indigenous Writers' Circle here.

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