NEW MENTORSHIP PROGRAM ANNOUNCED FOR EMERGING WRITERS

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THIS YEAR THE RBC FOUNDATION and the RBC Taylor Prize have launched the new RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writers Mentorship Program, a professional development program designed to support the next generation of Canadian writers on their career journeys. The program is part of the RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writers Award, a distinction that is given annually to a Canadian author whose work embodies the pursuit of excellence in literary non-fiction.
     The Mentorship program will be made available to five Canadian non-fiction writers, who are selected in partnership with a national network of university and college writing programs. These students will then be paired with RBC Taylor Prize shortlisted authors, who will help support their career development and growth.
     Nadina Taylor, a trustee of the Charles Taylor Foundation, and daughter of the late Charles Taylor, is one of the main champions of the new program. “We’ve seen great successes with the RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writers Award and realized that perhaps a more dedicated focus on how best to prepare these talented writers for the competitive world of writing and publishing could be effective. As we’ve seen in all professions, the impact and benefit of mentorship can be potent and mutually beneficial.”
     The five students will be required to have an existing body of work and a non-fiction manuscript that is close to completion. As part of the program, they will attend several meetings with their mentor and participate in an intensive agenda of professional development seminars focusing on the business of writing and publishing in Canada.
    The five participants in this year’s Mentorship Program are: Christopher Brown; Antonio Michael Downing; Gena Ellett; Stephanie Harrington; and Martha Roberts.
     “At RBC Wealth Management, we recognize the value of mentorship and its importance to enhancing career development,” said Vijay Parmar, President of RBC PH&N Investment Counsel. “This award is an important part of RBC’s larger commitment to bridging the gap between emerging and established artists – which will no doubt help the next generation of writers.”


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KEY
DATES


LONGLIST
FOR THE
2018 PRIZE
ANNOUNCED

Wednesday,
December 6,
2017

SHORTLIST
FOR THE
2018 PRIZE
ANNOUNCED

Wednesday,
January 10,
2018

WINNER
FOR THE
2018 PRIZE ANNOUNCED

Monday,
February 26,
2018


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