Mentoring and Being Mentored
: South Asian Women Writers
“Mentoring and Being Mentored: South Asian Women Writers” is a discussion between two writers who are passionate about mentoring the next wave of writers. The idea for this paper started with a phone call between Sharanpal Ruprai and Sheniz Janmohamed back in summer of 2017. We were in discussions about mentorship and how often, we feel, as South Asian Women of Colour in Canadian Literature (CanLit) a lack of support. Our conversation addresses our own need for mentorship across genres and within various South Asian communities. Our late-night phone calls were scratching the surface of creating new works of art and connection but also mentorship of artistic practice. After some self-reflection and research, we realized that, the conversation format, was a form of mentorship and has a long tradition within South Asian Canadian women’s work and anti-racism work.