Call for Applications - CITADEL Mentors

CITADEL seeks mentors for the following genres: 

  • Literary Fiction

  • Speculative/Fantasy/Genre Fiction

  • Memoir 

  • Journalism

  • Hybrid

The ideal candidate will have a strong publishing history in their chosen genre, as well as a passion for teaching. In addition to helping writers with the craft element of their work, mentors will also offer career and publication guidance, so strong connections and an awareness of the current publishing market is key. High speed internet access and strong social media game are also important. Must be able to host an event in Toronto three times per year.


Over the course of the year, the successful candidate will:

• Work with writers one-on-one via email and phone on a writing project over the course of the year - minimum three meetings.

• Offer thorough commentary and suggestions on up to 40 double-spaced pages for each urban member who signs up to work with them (or 60 for distance members), as well as overall feedback on the trajectory of a book-length project if required. This feedback will be offered four times a year on an equal or lesser page count.

  • Offer a list of tailored reading recommendations for each mentee.

• Offer three in-person workshops per year — we’ll provide the space at CITADEL headquarters in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood  (alternate position available for those who are not able to do this)

• Be available to answer writers’ questions via email

  • Provide one blog post per year in the topic and format of your choice.

Diversity is important to us, amongst our mentors as well as our members. We very much encourage writers of all genders, sexual orientations, backgrounds and abilities — and all intersections thereof — to apply.


Mentors receive $600 in compensation for each urban member who signs up to work with them, and $800 for each distance member (due to increased page count for those members.). You are not committed to do workshops or blog posts until you have your first client.


We are accepting applications for distance mentors who are unable to provide workshops in Toronto, but are available for phone calls and online editing. Compensation is adjusted to $450 per regular member and $700 per distance member.


Email with your CV, as well as a cover letter that introduces yourself and answers the following questions:

• Which genre would you like to mentor in? 

• What is your personal teaching philosophy? Please outline any training or experience you have in teaching writers one-on-one and in a workshop setting. 

* CITADEL is committed to the values of equity, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from members of groups that have been under-represented, marginalized or discriminated against. While we are actively seeking out diverse mentors.

Jaclyn Desforges
Liz Worth is reading tarot at our party!

Have you got your ticket yet? We just got confirmation that the delightful Liz Worth will be offering tarot readings at our launch party on September 5th.

About Liz Worth

Liz Worth is a tarot reader and astrologer based in Toronto. She is the author of two books on tarot, The Power of Tarot and Going Beyond the Little White Book: A Contemporary Guide to Tarot, and is also a published poet and novelist. Learn more about her work at

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Project Updates / July 2019

Jaclyn here! I’m writing this post from Vancouver, where I’ll be residency-ing for the next two weeks. Nothing like some time in a cozy chair by the beach to reflect on everything we’ve been up to for the past several months.

First off — Wow. We could not have expected the outpouring of support, interest and kindness we’ve received since we started CITADEL. What began as a shared dream to create an immersive retreat space for writers has blossomed into an honest to goodness real-life community — one based on support, mentorship, and the shared pursuit of excellence. This post will update you on what we’ve been doing over the past few months, and also on what’s to come.

We’ve Got Eleven Founding Members

We’re so delighted that although our official launch isn’t happening until September, we already have eleven founding members. This is a truly incredible group of writers and we’re thrilled to be working with them. Robin and I have spent the past couple of months welcoming new members, holding strategy and goal-setting sessions, and providing feedback on their manuscripts. We’re currently gathering headshots and bios from everyone, so you’ll be hearing more about our members soon.

Robin Won a Trillium!

In June of this year, Robin won the Trillium Poetry Award’s English prize for her third poetry collection, Sit How You Want (Signal Editions, Véhicule Press). So very proud of her — this is a major prize. Past winners include Michael Ondaatje, Timothy Findley and Alice Munro, among many other household names. Robin was also awarded a MacDowell Fellowship (!) and will be spending August writing in New Hampshire.

The Urban Clubhouse is Open & The Workshops Are Rolling

On May 25th, we held our Mimosa Open House to show off our Toronto workshop space. It was awesome to meet new members, drink mimosas, and talk about writing. We’ve held a bunch of workshops in the space since then — several intro, intermediate and advanced poetry workshops, as well as one on the art of body-ful writing.

Things are happening in Hamilton, too. We ran a Painless Publication seminar there in June and livestreamed it for our members, who now have access to the recording. (Scroll down for upcoming events.)

Our First Interview Is Up

One of the most exciting parts of CITADEL for me has been doing long-form interviews with Canadian writers. The first one, a conversation with Miranda Hill, is available now.

Our Community Lending Library is Growing

Reading is a huge part of the writing life, and we’re so delighted that our community lending library has been growing so quickly. Thanks to donors like Jim Johnstone of Anstruther, we now have copies of the latest and greatest in small-press CanLit available for our members to borrow.

This Party is Gonna Be So Party

We’re delighted to have booked Ronley Teper and the Lipliners for our launch party on September 5th. Russell Smith will also be DJing. It’s going to be a great time! Grab your ticket now if you haven’t already.

What’s Next?

Upcoming events:

These events are free for members, but there are also spaces available for non-members and we’d love to have you join. Please register early to save your seat.

Next Steps:

  • More accessibility. We’re continuing to seek donors for our scholarship program, and we’re also in the process of putting together a package of grant application information so potential members can apply for funding in order to join.

  • More events. Our September calendar is packed and we’re excited to be planning even more events for fall, including seminars with editors and agents.

  • More content. We’re working on videos, more streaming seminars, and more online engagement.


If you have any questions about the status of our project or are interested in becoming a member, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line at We’d love to hear from you.