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

Applications for the position of 2019-2020 Canadian Writer-in-Residence are now closed. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application by the end of May 2018.

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, 2019 to June 30, 2020. 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 Shane Book, 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 2017–18 Canadian Writer-in-Residence is Denise Chong.

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 The subject line should be formatted in the following way: W-i-R 2019-2020: Applicant Last Name, Applicant First Name.

The submission deadline for this position is December 31, 2017. Emailed documents, reference letters, and physical books must all be received or postmarked by this date. 

Further information can be obtained by contacting Caitlyn Spencer, the CDWP Coordinator at 403.220.8177 or Decisions will be communicated in late May 2018.

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.