The New Shoots Mentors are Master’s of Fine Arts students in the Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia. Each year they are paired with a Vancouver School Board secondary school teacher. Together teacher and writer build creative writing lesson plans for their class.
New Shoots Mentors spend a minimum of eight hours in class, but many volunteer extra time when students request additional feedback or help with their work. New Shoots Mentors work hard to draw out timid writers and expose students to new genres and writing techniques.
The relationship between Vancouver secondary school students and New Shoots Mentors is the heart and soul of the program. Secondary school students learn from creative writers who are in the process of establishing their careers and sharing their work with a wider audience.
The 2016/2017 New Shoots Mentors will be announced in early October.