penNew Shoots mentors are Master of Fine Arts students from the University of British Columbia’s School of Creative Writing. They guide a new generation of young writers to write their best work through in-class writing exercises, workshops, and helping them develop publication-ready pieces through one-on-one critiques.

Mentors are paired with a secondary school teacher from the Vancouver School Board, and spend approximately eight hours in the classroom, the sessions structured according to the classroom’s needs and the mentor’s own pedagogical practice.

Many successful writers in the Canadian literary scene have previously taught creative writing in New Shoots, including Michael V. Smith, Fiona Lam, Stephanie Bolster, Kevin Chong, and Deborah Campbell.

Mentors are recruited in the early Fall, and undergo training sessions on Pedagogy and Workshopping before they go into their respective classrooms.