WIFT Indigenous Writers Program

Introducing our newest program - a career accelerator for Indigenous creators. This program will offer networking, industry insights, training and mentorship, all developed to help establish and elevate the careers of Indigenous creators.

This program will provide opportunities including:

  • script, story, and pitch development
  • mentoring and networking
  • community support
  • guest speakers
  • peer-to-peer mentorship

... and so much more.

This program, designed for Indigenous writers at the mid-stage of their career (5 - 10 years' experience), will bring concentrated learning opportunities to a small group of writers for an in-depth, personal experience. Through networking, industry insight, training and mentorship, this program will help establish and elevate the career of Indigenous creators.

By engaging key partners and industry leaders, including experienced creators, writers, broadcasters, funders and more, we will bring the best education and career opportunities to the Indigenous stories that deserve to be seen and heard.

In consideration of everyone's health & safety, this program will be brought to you online via Zoom.


Application Fee: $ 0

Workshop Fee - WIFT Toronto Members: $ 0

CLICK HERE to register and get application information.

Bursary Information

Through the generous sponsorship of Hollywood Suite and the Foundation for WIFT Toronto, there is no fee attached to this program and therefore no bursaries are required.


Open for Applications: Monday, August 8, 2022 @ 8:00am (EDT)

CLICK HERE to register and for information on the application process.

Open for Bursary Applications: N/A

Deadline for Applications: Friday, September 2, 2022 @ 11:59pm (EDT)


Tuesday September 27, 2022

Thursday September 29, 2022

Tuesday October 4, 2022

Thursday October 6, 2022

* all days are 9am - 5pm EDT

* this program will run virtually, via Zoom

* all participants must be able to attend all days

This career accelerator is designed specifically for Indigenous writers at the mid-stage (5 - 10 years' experience) of their career.

Applicants must have a project in development to be considered for the program. Details of the items required for the application are available here.

This program is open to anyone who is a WIFT Toronto member and is First Nations, Métis, or Inuit.

Applicants can join WIFT Toronto at the time of application. (Applicants who are First Nations, Métis, or Inuit who do not currently have a WIFT Toronto membership may still apply. Anyone chosen for the program that is not a member will be granted a one-year complimentary membership thanks to donations made to the Foundation for WIFT Toronto)

Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident.

Applications and course participation is FREE (thanks to generous donations from Hollywood Suite and the Foundation for WIFT Toronto).

Instructors, Mentors and Speakers are currently being confirmed. This page will be updated as new information is available.

Day 1

  • Participant and project introduction
  • Mentor introduction
  • Peer-to-peer mentorship and feedback
  • Script development and writing workshop

Day 2

  • Writing workshop (cont'd)
  • Case study and Special Guest

Day 3

  • Roundtable discussions (3 x1 hour with special guests)
  • Roundtable discussions (2 x 1 hour with special guests)
  • Mentors and Participants forum

Day 4

  • Pitch Workshop
  • Mentorship & Allyship discussion
  • Wrap!
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