New Shoots mentors come from two programs: the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing and the Master of Arts in Children’s Literature (MACL).
Each mentor uses their own writing experience and areas of interest to inform their approach. This makes every mentorship unique to that particular group of students!
Mentors receive support from UBC faculty and their assigned teacher during the course of their work. They also complete training in pedagogy and classroom inclusivity before their assignments begin. They spend approximately eight hours with the teen participants, structured according to each classroom’s needs and the mentor’s own practice.
Many successful writers in the Canadian literary scene have previously taught creative writing with New Shoots, including Michael V. Smith, Fiona Tinwei Lam, Stephanie Bolster, Kevin Chong, and Deborah Campbell.