Gail Anderson-Dargatz  

Fiction Mentorships


"Gail has been a mentor extraordinaire in my transition from writing academic non-fiction to historical fiction. Her critiques of my writing are always incredibly insightful and consistently encouraging. It has been a superb intellectual and creative experience to work with Gail on my first novel."

— Wenona Giles, PhD, FRSC, Professor Emerita Anthropology, York University, Toronto


This one-on-one, private, four-month online mentorship is for newbies, emerging writers and pros. Monthly submission deadlines keep you producing, while Gail’s direction keeps you on track.

There are no assignments or writing prompts. Gail focuses solely on your project and your specific writing needs. You have the option of booking more sessions to complete your project.

How it works:

Each month, you'll submit by email up to 4,000 words of your project, including a one-page outline or synopsis, one week before your scheduled workshop session, to allow Gail time to critique your submission.
The fiction mentorship workshop session is one hour long. You have the option of meeting Gail on Zoom or by email. During the session, Gail will offer her detailed notes and you'll then have time to ask questions and brainstorm. Discussion then closes as you prepare your next month’s submission. 


Writers who sign up for a fiction mentorship have free access to Gail's creative writing course.That's a $250 saving!


Four-month sessions start in January, May and September, but if you'd like to start at a different time, contact Gail's office and we'll do our best to fit you into Gail's schedule.

For more or to put your name on the interest list, contact Gail's office at


The cost of one four-month (four session) mentorship: $975 plus GST/HST (of your province). Again, that includes free access to Gail's creative writing course -- a $250 saving!

Purchase to register and we'll get right back to you with details.

Once you've paid to reserve your spot, the fee will not be reimbursed in whole or in part, so please make sure you can commit to your chosen dates. Not sure? Book a meet and greet session to discuss which of Gail's services are right for you.

For a sample of the fiction mentorship, you can also try one of Gail's blue pencil sessions. Not your average blue pencil session, this is a single session workshop just like what you'd experience in the mentorship. Book a blue pencil session any time.

Grants for writers can often be used for professional development, like this mentorship. Check out the grants available from the Canada Council for the Arts and provincial arts councils to see if you are eligible for this funding.


Work with Gail

Gail works with writers at all levels, from newbies to pros. Choose the course that best suits your project.

The Clean Sweep

Writing is messy. Clean it up! Get a detailed edit of your story, pitch package, grant application or any short project under 20,000 words.

Alpha and Beta Reading Service

Alpha and beta readers give feedback on a manuscript from a reader’s perspective. Move your project forward with this affordable service.

Writing Retreat

This week-long writing retreat in the Shuswap region of British Columbia is timed to coincide with the sockeye run on the Adams River, a natural wonder.

Creative Writing Course

This course is offered free to writers enrolled in Gail's fiction mentorships, developmental edits, and fall retreats, to support instruction.

Meet and Greet

Meet Gail for a 20-minute Zoom session to get a sample edit or discuss which one of Gail's services is right for you.

Blue Pencil Sessions

Not your average blue pencil session, this consultation with Gail is a full workshop. Book at any time.

Fiction Mentorships

Gail's flagship course. In this one-on-one, private, four-month online mentorship, Gail will guide you as you put together your fiction project.

Developmental Edits

For writers with a complete draft. Gail digs deep into your manuscript's big picture story elements -- themes, story goals, conflicts and structure, character arcs, pacing, point of view, and dialogue -- to help you develop your project to the fullest.

About Gail

Gail's novels have been national and international bestsellers and two have been short-listed for the Giller Prize, among other awards. She works with writers from around the world on her online teaching forums.