Mentorship: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
with Evelyn Lau, Susan Scott, and Isabella Wang.
The right mentor can mean the difference between a writer struggling with invisibility and finally feeling heard. But what does “right” even mean? Is chemistry important? What are the signs of a mentorship that is transformative versus transactional? How do you know when you’re ready for mentoring—or to step up as a mentor? Join Evelyn Lau, Susan Scott, and Isabella Wang in exploring the ethics, joys, perks, and benefits of this vital relationship in the writing world.
Evelyn Lau has authored thirteen books. Her memoir Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid (HarperCollins, 1989), published when she was eighteen, was made into a CBC movie starring Sandra Oh. Evelyn’s prose books have been translated into a dozen languages; her poetry has received numerous awards. She has been writer-in-residence at UBC, Kwantlen and VCC, as well as Distinguished Visiting Writer at the University of Calgary. Evelyn was Poet Laureate for the City of Vancouver (2011-2014).
Susan Scott has an ear for the sublime, the personal, and edgy. Transgressive storytelling that inspires change informs her life-writing webinars and collaborations with fellow artists, activists, and scholars. As TNQ’s lead nonfiction editor (2012-9), she
championed neglected voices and attracted National Magazine Award-winning work that went on to Best Canadian- and Best American Essays. As a contributing editor, she directs the Wild Writers Mentorship Program. Learn more from her website. Or check out her latest book, Body & Soul, and see why Sarah Selecky calls this unorthodox collection “a revelation.
Isabella Wang is the author of the chapbook, On Forgetting a Language (Baseline Press 2019), and her full-length debut, Pebble Swing (Nightwood Editions, 2021). Among other recognitions, she was most recently shortlisted for Arc’s Poem of the Year award and was the youngest writer to be shortlisted twice for The New Quarterly’s Edna Staebler Essay Contest. Her poetry and prose have appeared in over thirty literary journals and three anthologies. She is an editor at Room magazine. Her current projects include a second poetry manuscript, Choreography of Forgetting, and her poetic, sociological memoir, Memory Home Lane, is forthcoming with Dundurn Press in 2023.