‘Belief’ by Mayank Bhatt

Congratulations to 2009 Mentee Mayank Bhatt who has officially launched his first novel ‘Belief’! There is coverage of Mayank’s reading and journey in the Toronto Star and Metro newspapers. For more information click on this link: https://www.thestar.com/news/immigration/2016/11/21/an-immigrant-security-guards-triumphant-homecoming.html  . . .

2016 Long Form and Playwright Mentorships

We’re happy to announce Diaspora Dialogues’ 2016 Long Form Mentorship participants. In January 2016, established authors will mentor emerging writers in the development of a full novel, short story, or poetry manuscript. Our mentors are: Marina Endicott Lawrence Hill Nino Ricci Olive Senior Shyam Selvadurai Ibi Kaslik Jay Millar The writers receiving mentorship are: Dianne Scott (novel) Edward Lee (novel) Jo Jefferson (poetry) Megan Lambe (novel) Rasiqra Revulva (poetry) Reema Patel (novel) Silmi Abdullah (short stories) On the playwright front, emerging playwrights will work with professional dramaturges in the year-long development of a full-length play . . .

Open Call for DD Mentoring Program

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 mentoring program, focusing on the creation of long-form manuscripts and offering emerging writers an in-depth opportunity to hone their craft and prepare a book-length project for publication. Application deadline: October 31, 2014 . . .

Emerging Playwright’s Residency Program

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DD’s inaugural Emerging Playwright’s Residency Program is currently under way. In partnership with select Toronto theatre companies and under the guidance of experienced dramaturges, emerging playwrights from diverse backgrounds will develop a full-length play over the course of one year, at the end of which there will be workshop readings of each playwright’s script at their respective host theatres . . .

Meet Our New Class of Mentees

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Each year, we hold two sessions of writer’s residencies where we pair an established writer with a promising new writer. We invite writers who live in the GTA to apply and select the best applicants to be part of our free mentoring program . . .

Open Call for Spring Mentoring Program

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Calling all writers, we are now accepting submissions to our mentoring program for the Spring session. Do you have a complete or near-complete manuscript lying around or are you working on something you’re really excited about that you want to get off the ground? No need to look any further, we may be able to help! DD offers a free mentoring program pairing aspiring authors with established writers to help ready a manuscript for publication . . .

Introducing Spur

Spur Festival

We’re excited to announce the launch of Spur, Canada’s first national festival of politics, art and ideas. The festival is designed to engage Canadians in a feisty, cross-country search for ways forward on pressing issues. Our first year will include Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver with more editions rolling out in 2014 . . .

Giving Made Easy

Diaspora Dialogues is committed to programming events featuring diverse speakers, artists and intellectuals. We ensure that our events are easily accessible by providing free admission or an affordable ticket price. In order for us to continue to do this, we need your support! DD has just established a charitable pooling account with Aeroplan, into which anyone can donate points without incurring transfer fees . . .