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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 2018-2019 Canadian Writer-in-Residence will open October 1, 2016. All applications received or postmarked by December 31, 2016 will be considered. 

The Calgary Distinguished Writers Program (CDWP) 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 September 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. 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 nonfiction, poetry, script writing, and play writing. Candidates will have one to four published and/or performed works to their credit; community engagement experience, such as teaching or mentoring writers; 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, 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. This high profile position has continued interaction with the external community and impact on the reputation of the CDWP and university.

The CDWP offers a highly competitive package to successful applicants, an office on the University of Calgary campus, administrative support, and a two-week residency at The Banff Centre's Leighton Artists' Colony. The program also pays for one-way travel from the Writer-in-Residence’s home city to Calgary at the beginning of the residency, and return travel from the Writer-in-Residence’s home to Calgary and back for the second Hello/Goodbye reading, if appropriate. Past Canadian Writers-in Residence include Nick Thran, Ian Williams, Sara Tilley, Deborah Willis, Jeramy Dodds, Oana Avasilichioaei, Marcello Di Cintio, Charlotte Gill, Sina Queyras, Jaspreet Singh, Melanie Little, Natalee Caple, Robert Finley, Suzette Mayr, Eden Robinson, Laura Robinson, Richard Sanger, Peter Oliva, Larissa Lai, Rosemary Nixon, Richard Harrison, Ven Begamudré, and Roberta Rees. The 2016-17 Canadian Writer-in-Residence is Shane Book.

Please attach and upload the following documents:

  1. - a statement of interest;
  2. - a literary resume, including mailing address, telephone number, and email address;
  3. - a single-page description of projects to be undertaken during the residency;
  4. - three letters of reference from people who can speak to your writing, mentorship, and/or community engagement (this would normally not include agents or publishers); and
  5. - PDFs and/or physical copies of your 1-4 published books, plays, or screenplays, if you or your publisher can provide these.

Note: All materials provided should be clearly marked with your name and contact information.

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

Calgary Distinguished Writers Program
University of Calgary
SS 1319, 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 uploaded submission or sent separately by your referees by email to cdwp@ucalgary.ca. The subject line should be formatted in the following way: W-i-R 2018-2019: Applicant Last Name, Applicant First Name.

The submission deadline for this position is December 31, 2016. Emailed documents, reference letters, and physical books must all be received or postmarked by this date. 

Further information can be obtained by contacting Dymphny Dronyk, the CDWP Coordinator at 403.220.8177 or cdwp@ucalgary.ca. Decisions will be communicated in late May 2017.

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. The University of Calgary respects, appreciates, and encourages diversity.

Contact Information
Please enter your first name.
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Please list any and all places through which you heard about this call. Examples include the Writers' Guild of Alberta e-newsletter, ucalgary.ca/cdwp, word of mouth from previous Writer-in-Residence Deborah Willis, etc.
Yes, researchers may access my materials nowYes, but restricted for 10 years from date of creationYes, but closed for my lifetimeNo, please destroy my file after the application process
The University of Calgary's Archives and Special Collections considers Writer-in-Residence applications to have long-term research value as part of its collections mandate, which includes Canadian Literary Archives. Do you give permission to release your application materials to researchers? If so, would you prefer time restrictions be placed on your materials?
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