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Apply for the Writer-in-Residence Position

Submitted by ccummin on Wed, 08/21/2013 - 1:40pm

Applications for the position of Canadian Writer-in-Residence 2015-2016 are now closed. All applications received or postmarked by January 31, 2014 will be considered. 

The Calgary Distinguished Writers Program encourages submissions from promising Canadian writers for the position of Canadian Writer-in-Residence, a ten-month residency at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Arts from August 15, 2015 to June 15, 2016. This is a unique opportunity for early to mid-career Canadian writers to devote their time to writing and to advancing their writing careers. Applications for the position are encouraged from writers from diverse genres—including literary fiction or non-fiction, poetry, scriptwriting, and playwriting. Candidates will have one to four published and/or performed works to their credit, and are expected to propose a project or projects that they will undertake during their term as Canadian Writer-in-Residence. They will preferably, but not necessarily, hold a university degree.

The residency is a full-time term position, with half of the Canadian Writer-in-Residence’s time reserved for their own writing projects, and half comprising public outreach involving manuscript consultations, public presentations, assistance with hosting visiting writers, and other related duties. While the Canadian Writer-in Residence will be invited to speak to university classes and to the general public, this is not a teaching position. 

The Calgary Distinguished Writers Program offers a generous compensation package, an office on the University of Calgary campus, administrative support, and a two-week residency at The Banff Centre's Leighton Artists' Colony. Past Canadian Writers-in Residence include Deborah Willis, Marcello Di Cintio, Charlotte Gill, Sina Queyras, Jaspreet Singh, Melanie Little, Natalee Caple, Robert Finley, Oana Avasilichioaei, Suzette Mayr, Roberta Rees, and Peter Oliva. The 2013-14 Canadian Writer-in-Residence is Sara Tilley.

To apply for this position, please fill out the form on the bottom of this page. The CDWP Coordinator will then give you instructions on how to upload your following documents:

  1. a statement of interest;
  2. a literary resume;
  3. a single-page description of projects to be undertaken during the residency; and
  4. three letters of reference (preferably not from agents or publishers).

After you have uploaded your documents, please mail physical copies of your 1-4 published books, plays, or screenplays to:

Caitlynn Cummings
Coordinator, Calgary Distinguished Writers Program
Faculty of Arts, University of Calgary
SS 1058
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary AB  T2N 1N4

If you would like these materials returned to you, please also include a self-addressed stamped envelope with sufficient postage.

References may be included with your online submission or sent separately by your referees by email to cdwp [at] ucalgary [dot] ca. The subject line should be formatted in the following way: W-i-R 2015-2016: Applicant Last Name, Applicant First Name.

The submission deadline for this position is January 31, 2014. Uploaded documents, reference letters, and physical books must all be received or postmarked by this date. 

Further information can be obtained by contacting Caitlynn Cummings at 403.220.8177 or cdwp [at] ucalgary [dot] ca.

The Calgary Distinguished Writers Program strives to advance the careers of Canadian writers by providing them with time to write through a ten-month residency program. It enriches the Albertan and Canadian cultural scenes by hosting authors of international stature through a distinguished visiting writer residency. The University of Calgary respects, appreciates, and encourages diversity.

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