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Creator-in-Residence: Apply to be Mentored

CANSCAIP Celebrates its 2nd Creator-in-Residence Program

In 2013, CANSCAIP instituted its first ever Creator-in-Residence program, featuring BC illustrator Dianna Bonder and Ontario author Kathy Stinson as Creators-in-Residence. Now, CANSCAIP is pleased to invite applications to be mentored by our 2014 Creator-in-Residence – Alberta author Jacqueline Guest.

Jacqueline Guest is an international award-winning author with eighteen published novels. She has presented across Canada and the United States to audiences of all ages, including the University of Calgary, Manitoba Association of Teachers of English, Alberta Association of Library Technicians, Ottawa MASC Conference, University of Victoria, Cultural Diversity Institute, Saskatoon Reading Council, the American Library Association and the American Indian Library Association, plus a host of schools and libraries. She was the Writer in Residence for the Marigold Library System and is the recipient of the 2013 Indspire Award for the Arts. She has expertise in all aspects of writing and presenting, including publishing, editing, touring, school presentations, business and promotion and feels that sharing her expertise can help new and emerging authors achieve their goals faster and with better results. Jacqueline is excited to be working with authors in the CANSCAIP Creator-in-Residence program and is looking forward to attending a host of "launch parties" in the future.

The purpose of the Creator-in-Residence program is to encourage exchanges between our Creator-in-Residence and the CANSCAIP community across Canada, and to foster mentorship of new and emerging creators who are both Members and Friends of CANSCAIP. As part of this program, Jacqueline Guest will be conducting twelve Creator-in-Residence Manuscript Mentorships.

How does a mentorship work?

Current CANSCAIP Members and Friends can apply for ONE mentorship with the Creator-in-Residence. Non-members cannot apply. Those who previously received a CIR mentorship are ineligible to apply this year. There will be no fee charged for a Creator-in-Residence Manuscript Mentorship.

You may submit up to ten pages of ONE manuscript in the genre of middle-grade fiction or young-adult fiction for a mentorship with Jacqueline Guest. Manuscripts must be double spaced with 12-point type in a standard font with one-inch margins. You may include a covering letter and/or one-page synopsis with your submission.

All submissions will be reviewed by a CANSCAIP Executive committee, and only twelve will be selected for mentorship with the Creator-in-Residence. Please submit your best work.

The mentorship process will be modelled on CANSCAIP's Blue Pencil Mentorship program. For details, go to

How do I submit?

  • Application deadline is December 6, 2013. Please send applications to with the subject line "Your Name: CIR Manuscript Submission."
    Note: Email your submission to the CANSCAIP office. Hard copies will not be accepted. 
  • In the body of the email, please include: your name, mailing address, phone number, email, title of work and genre.
  • Manuscripts are to be sent in ONE file; either MS Word or as a pdf. You may submit ONE manuscript only.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by January 15, 2014, and mentorships will be completed before May 15, 2014.
    Note: Due to the high volume of submissions, applicants who are not selected for mentorship will not be notified.

What do I receive?

The Creator-in-Residence will submit a report directly to you by email. This report will take the form of a substantive critique (at least two single-spaced pages) rather than a line-by-line edit. You can respond to the email with up to five follow-up questions. The follow-up must be completed within one month of receipt of the critique.

Manuscript reports may include a discussion of:
  • technical ability, including style and execution.
  • character, structure, plot, setting, point of view, voice, dialogue, believability (where applicable).
  • steps to further develop the manuscript.

Note: This is not an editing service. CANSCAIP does not help place a manuscript with a publisher.

Note: The Creator-in-Residence Mentorships do not replace the current Blue Pencil Mentorship program. Blue Pencil Mentorships are always available through the regular program in any genre, for a fee.

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