The Writers’ Trust Rising Stars program is a multi-faceted career development program that recognizes talented authors in the early stages of their careers with $5,000 and highlights their work with an endorsement from a proven, influential author. Five notable Canadian writers who are past Writers’ Trust beneficiaries each select one developing writer who is poised to produce exceptional and enduring creative work. Through a flexible mentorship, selectors will offer recipients feedback, encouragement, and advice to help them take the next steps in their careers.
In addition to receiving one-on-one guidance from the writer who selected them, Rising Stars attended a two-day series of professional and networking events in Toronto and are invited to attend a two-week self-directed writing residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity. The Art Gallery of Ontario hosted a free panel discussion with the 2019 Writers' Trust Rising Stars and their selectors on June 5, 2019.