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Audible Indigenous Writers' Circle

Launches in the summer of 2021.
The Audible Indigenous Writers’ Circle is a six-month mentorship and workshop program for emerging First Nations, Inuit and Métis writers in Canada looking to elevate their stories. The inaugural program launches in summer 2021.


About the Indigenous Writers' Circle

Audible has embarked on a mission to elevate the voices of Indigenous peoples in Canada, in an effort to enhance equity and support reconciliation.

The Audible Indigenous Writers’ Circle will support the next wave of emerging Indigenous writers, by leveraging Audible’s resources and creative community connections to provide mentorship and learning opportunities that will help program participants tell their own stories.

Emerging writers in the program will be paired up with Indigenous mentors who will coach and guide participants through the creative process, and help them identify and pursue opportunities in line with their goals as writers.

Participants will also benefit from full-day immersive workshops where they will learn from some of the industry’s leading creators, publishers, content managers, writers and marketers.

Audible will provide additional support to the participants throughout the program, including guidance on how participants can promote their work. At the end of the program, depending on what stage each writer has progressed their creative work and how they choose to share their writing, participants may have the opportunity to explore recording with Audible.


Mentors

      

Tanya Talaga is an acclaimed and award-winning Anishinaabe journalist and author of national bestsellers Seven Fallen Feathers and All Our Relations: Finding The Path Forward. Her Audible Original series, Seven Truths, features her personal story of fighting for Indigenous rights. Tanya heads up Makwa Creative Inc., a production company focused on amplifying Indigenous voices through documentary films, TV and podcasts.

      

Richard Van Camp is a proud Tłı̨chǫ Dene writer from Fort Smith, NWT. He is an internationally renowned storyteller and best-selling author. His novel, The Lesser Blessed, is now a feature film with First Generation Films. He has written 25 books in just about every genre and you can visit him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and at richardvancamp.com.

      

Kim Wheeler is Anishinaabe and Mohawk and lives on Treaty One Territory. She has brought positive Indigenous stories to mainstream and Indigenous media since 1993. Kim has carved out a career as a writer, publicist and audio producer across a variety of disciplines. Her audio work has been recognized by the New York Festivals, ImagineNative, Indigenous Music Awards and Prix Italia. Currently, Kim works from her treehouse media office with multiple clients in publicity, magazines, film and podcasts.

      

Chelsea Vowel is Métis from manitow-sâkahikan (Lac Ste. Anne) Alberta, residing in amiskwacîwâskihikan (Edmonton). Mother to six girls, she has a BEd, an LLB, and a MA, and is a Cree language instructor at the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta. Chelsea is a public intellectual, writer, and educator whose work intersects language, gender, Métis self-determination, and resurgence. Author of Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis & Inuit Issues in Canada, she and her co-host Molly Swain produce the Indigenous feminist sci-fi podcast Métis in Space, and co-founded the Métis in Space Land Trust.

      

Dr. Norma Dunning is an Inuk writer, professor and grandmother. Her second collection of short stories Tainna (the unseen ones) released in April 2021. Her first collection of short stories Annie Muktuk and Other Stories received several awards and her poetry collection Eskimo Pie: a Poetics of Inuit Identity has been shortlisted for an Indigenous Voices Award. Norma received a City of Edmonton citation for her creative writing workshops with local Indigenous youth in 2019. She lives in Edmonton, AB.


Program Eligibility

The Audible Indigenous Writers’ Circle invites emerging writers who self-identify as First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis and meet the following criteria to apply for the six-month program.
You are a great fit for the program if you self-identify as First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis and:
  • Have background knowledge, interest or training in writing. This could include self-study, mentorships, academic study or combinations of these types of training
  • Are pursuing or considering pursuing a career in literary arts
  • Can provide an example of your literary work
    • Examples of your work could include: works of fiction, non-fiction, biographies/autobiographies, memoirs, graphic novels, illustrated books, blogs, audiobooks and narrative podcasts.
  • Are at least 18 years old as of January 1, 2021
  • Reside in Canada*

        *At this time, residents of Quebec are not eligible for the program due to provincial contest regulations.


How You Can Apply

The application period is now closed. Questions can be emailed to audiblewriterscircle@yulupr.com
In your email, please include:
  • One sample of your work (writing or an audio clip) in Word, PDF, MP3 or M4A format. Submissions should not exceed 5000 words or 30 minutes in length. The file size limit is 25MB.
    • Submissions can be works of fiction, non-fiction, biographies / autobiographies, memoirs, graphic novels, illustrated books, blogs, audiobooks and narrative podcasts. If you would like to submit a piece of work that falls outside this list, please contact us with your request at audiblewriterscircle@yulupr.com.
  • A personal reflection (500 word maximum) that includes:
    • An indication of why you wish to participate in this program, what you hope to contribute and learn and what impact it could have on your future practice
    • A description of your writing practice
    • A brief overview of your body of work to date, this could include short descriptions of any talks or workshops you’ve given, readings you’ve done, or community engagement experience you have that is related to the literary arts
  • Your answers to these three voluntary Aboriginal self-identification questions. Proof of Aboriginal ancestry is not required. The information collected will be confidential. In the context of these voluntary self-identification questions, an Aboriginal person in Canada, as recognized in the Constitution Act, 1982, is a person who identifies with First Nations (Status / Non-Status), Inuit or Métis cultural and / or ancestral background.
    • Based on this definition, do you attest and self-identify as an Aboriginal person? Please indicate: yes or no.
    • Do you identify with any of these specific identities? Please indicate all that apply to you: First Nations (Status/Non-Status), Inuit, Métis, Alternate identity term (e.g. Kanien’kehá:ka, Anishinaabe, Treaty #3, etc.)
    • What community/nation/group are you affiliated with? Please specify, or indicate unknown or unsure.
Please note that shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide the contact information for one personal or professional reference.


Accessing the Program

If you experience barriers accessing the internet or using virtual meeting platforms, please let us know so we can find a solution with you.
If you have a language preference aside from English, please indicate the language you are most comfortable speaking so that we can make efforts to accommodate your needs accordingly.

Assessment process and guidelines

Applicants will be assessed by a panel of Indigenous literary artists. The panel will consider the following when reviewing each application:
  • The strength of the artistic intention for the sample of work
  • Potential benefits of the Writers’ Circle to the development of the applicant’s practice
We sincerely thank all applicants for their interest. Upon submission, you will receive a notification via email that your application has been received. Following review, all applicants will be contacted regarding the status of their application.

Statement of Non-Discrimination

The Audible Indigenous Writers’ Circle supports equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, physical ability or disability.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Audible Indigenous Writers’ Circle invites emerging writers who self-identify as First Nations, Inuit and / or Métis and meet the following criteria to apply for the six-month program. The program launches in summer 2021 and participants will be invited to dedicate approximately 1-2 hours to the program each week. Three full day workshops will also be offered to participants during the six-month program.
You are a great fit for the program if you self-identify as First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis and:
  • Have background knowledge, interest or training in writing. This could include self-study, mentorships, academic study or combinations of these types of training
  • Are pursuing or considering pursuing a career in literary arts
  • Can provide an example of your literary work
    • Examples of your work could include: works of fiction, non-fiction, biographies/autobiographies, memoirs, graphic novels, illustrated books, blogs, audiobooks and narrative podcasts.
  • Are at least 18 years old as of January 1, 2021
  • Reside in Canada*
          *At this time, residents of Quebec are not eligible for the program due to provincial contest regulations.
Applications to the program can be emailed to audiblewriterscircle@yulupr.com. In your email, please include:
  • In your email, please include:
    • One sample of your work (writing or an audio clip) in Word, PDF, MP3 or M4A format. Submissions should not exceed 5000 words or 30 minutes in length. The file size limit is 25MB.
      • Submissions can be works of fiction, non-fiction, biographies / autobiographies, memoirs, graphic novels, illustrated books, blogs, audiobooks and narrative podcasts. If you would like to submit a piece of work that falls outside this list, please contact us with your request at audiblewriterscircle@yulupr.com.
  • A personal reflection (500 word maximum) that includes:
    • An indication of why you wish to participate in this program, what you hope to contribute and learn and what impact it could have on your future practice
    • A description of your writing practice
    • A brief overview of your body of work to date, this could include short descriptions of any talks or workshops you’ve given, readings you’ve done, or community engagement experience you have that is related to the literary arts
  • Your answers to these three voluntary Aboriginal self-identification questions. Proof of Aboriginal ancestry is not required. The information collected will be confidential. In the context of these voluntary self-identification questions, an Aboriginal person in Canada, as recognized in the Constitution Act, 1982, is a person who identifies with First Nations (Status / Non-Status), Inuit or Métis cultural and / or ancestral background.
    • Based on this definition, do you attest and self-identify as an Aboriginal person? Please indicate: yes or no.
    • Do you identify with any of these specific identities? Please indicate all that apply to you: First Nations (Status/Non-Status), Inuit, Métis, Alternate identity term (e.g. Kanien’kehá:ka, Anishinaabe, Treaty #3, etc.)
    • What community/nation/group are you affiliated with? Please specify, or indicate unknown or unsure.
The application period is now closed. Questions can be emailed to audiblewriterscircle@yulupr.com.
The application period for the Audible Indigenous Writers' Circle is now closed. Questions can be emailed to audiblewriterscircle@yulupr.com.
Thank you for your submission! Please contact audiblewriterscircle@yulupr.com to inquire about changing your application. Please note changes will not be accepted after the application deadline on May 5, 2021.
Please ensure your sample of work (writing or an audio clip) is submitted in Word, PDF, MP3 or M4A format. Submissions should not exceed 5000 words or 30 minutes in length. The file size limit is 25MB. Submissions could include: can be works of fiction, non-fiction, biographies / autobiographies, memoirs, graphic novels, illustrated books, blogs, audiobooks and narrative podcasts. If you would like to submit a piece of work that falls outside this list, please contact us with your request at audiblewriterscircle@yulupr.com.
Participants selected for the Audible Indigenous Writers’ Circle will be notified in May 2021.
We sincerely thank all applicants for their interest. Upon submission, you will receive a notification via email that your application has been received. Following review, all applicants will be contacted regarding the status of their application.
Once selected, one of our program managers will reach out to you in May 2021 to discuss next steps, provide further details and confirm your availability to participate in the program events.
Applicants will be assessed by a panel of Indigenous literary artists. The panel will consider the following when reviewing each application:
  • The strength of the artistic intention for the sample of work
  • Potential benefits of the Writers’ Circle to the development of the applicant’s practice
We sincerely thank all applicants for their interest. Upon submission, you will receive a notification via email that your application has been received. Following review, all applicants will be contacted regarding the status of their application.
The six-month program will launch in the summer of 2021. Following a kick-off meeting, mentors and participants will connect on monthly one-on-one calls to discuss their goals, current works, progress, challenges, solutions, resources and general learning opportunities. Participants will also join three full-day workshops over the course of the program. Ongoing mentor / participant interaction between calls and workshops is supported and an online forum for participants will be made available to help participants connect with peers and share solutions, news and resources.
Participants will work with Indigenous mentors who will coach and guide participants through the creative process, and help them identify and pursue opportunities in line with their goals as writers. Participants will also attend workshops led by some of the industry’s leading creators, publishers, content managers, writers and marketers. Audible will provide additional support to the participants throughout the program, including guidance on how participants can promote their work.
This inaugural year of the Indigenous Writers’ Circle will take place virtually, meaning emerging writers from communities across Canada can apply to participate in the program. Unfortunately, at this time, residents of Quebec are not eligible for the program due to provincial contest regulations.
Audible, a leading producer and provider of original spoken-word entertainment and audiobooks, is committed to supporting talented Canadian authors and creators. We believe storytelling and the spoken word have the power to help people rediscover the joy in listening, making us more informed and more connected. Audible content includes hundreds of thousands of audiobooks, podcasts, guided wellness programs, theatrical performances, A-list comedy, and exclusive Audible Originals you won't find anywhere else.
If you have any questions regarding the Audible Indigenous Writers’ Circle feel free to email us at audiblewriterscircle@yulupr.com
Review the Terms and Conditions of the Audible Indigenous Writers’ Circle here. Terms and Conditions.
The program will be offered in English. If you have a language preference aside from English, please indicate the language you are most comfortable speaking so that we can make efforts to accommodate your needs accordingly.
Participants will work with Indigenous mentors who will coach and guide participants through the creative process, and help them identify and pursue opportunities in line with their goals as writers. Participants will also attend workshops led by some of the industry’s leading creators, publishers, content managers, writers and marketers. Audible will provide additional support to the participants throughout the program, including guidance on how participants can promote their work.
There is no cost to participate in the Audible Indigenous Writers’ Circle.
Yes, each selected emerging writer is eligible for a $1000.00 bursary to support their participation in the program.
The Audible Indigenous Writers’ Circle team is grateful to live and work on the ancestral lands of the still living, still sovereign Munsee Lunaape (lu-naa–pau) peoples, communities and nation. We recognize the many and diverse Native American and Indigenous peoples who call this region home — past, present, and future.