Edward Willett

I’m going to be the Regina Public Library’s writer-in-residence!

Well, it looks like the official announcement has been made: I’m going to be writer-in-residence at the Regina Public Library this September 1 through the end of next May. The Regina LeaderPost has the story here.

I’m very excited about it. It’s a paid position, $35,000 over the nine months, and 70 percent of my time remains my own for my own writing projects, with 30 percent going to writer-in-residence projects. Those will include meeting with anyone who wants to talk about writing with me one day a week at the library’s main branch (looks like that day will be Wednesday), conducting school readings, and holding at least one free workshop at the library.

The Regina Public Library was the first public library in Canada to offer a writer-in-residence program, back in 1978 I’ll be the 24th writer to hold the position.  You can read more about the program here. My precursors in this position are an awfully talented bunch. Hope I can live up to their standards!

Here’s the complete list:

1978 Eli Mandel, poetry, Toronto, ON
1979 John Newlove, poetry, across Canada
1980 Andreas Schroeder, prose, Mission, BC
1981 Maria Campbell, prose, Edmonton, AB
1982 Janet Lunn, children’s literature, Hillier, ON
1983 Sean Virgo, prose, Salt Spring Island, BC
1984 Lorna Crozier, poetry, Regina, SK
1985 Edna Alford, prose, Livelong, SK
1986 Sharon Pollock, playwright, Edmonton, AB
1987 Mary di Michele, poetry, Toronto, ON
1988 Kristjana Gunnars, poetry/prose, Iceland, Oregon, SK, MB, AB
1989 Wayne Johnston, prose, St. John’s NFLD
1991 Celia Lottridge, children’s literature, Toronto, ON
1992/93   John Sorrell, poetry/prose, Vancouver, BC, SK
1994/95   Dianne Warren, fiction writer, Regina, SK
1996/97   Myrna Kostash, creative non-fiction, Edmonton, AB
1998/99   Tim Lilburn, poetry, Regina/Saskatoon, SK
2000 (Sept. – Dec.)  Sandra Birdsell, fiction, Winnipeg, MB, Regina, SK
2001 (Jan. – June)  Ven Begamudré, fiction, speculative fiction, Regina, SK
2002/03   Alison Lohans, young adult and childrens author, Regina, SK
2005/06   Mansel Robinson, playwright, Saskatoon, SK
2007/08 Ibolya Kaslik, young adult writer, Toronto, ON
2009/10 Terry Jordan, fiction writer, essayist, dramatist, Saskatoon, SK

If you’re in the area and interested in writing, I hope you’ll make an appointment to come chat with me sometime during my term. I’ll do my best to be helpful!

Beginning September 8, Jordan will provide aspiring writers of all genres with an opportunity to receive guidance and advice from an established Canadian author by consulting with individuals who would like assistance with personal writing projects. His term runs for nine months and will end in June 2010.

Terry Jordan is an award-winning fiction writer, essayist and dramatist whose stage plays have been produced across the country. His book of stories, It’s a Hard Cow, won a Saskatchewan Book Award and was nominated for the Commonwealth Book Prize. His first novel, Beneath That Starry Place, was published internationally and was nominated for two Saskatchewan Book Awards, and the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award. The Globe & Mail called it “an achingly beautiful book.”

Jordan received the first fellowship to live and write in the Wallace Stegner House in Eastend, SK and was the first Margaret Laurence Fellow at Trent University.

The Writer-in-Residence will be available every Tuesday from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm and 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

If you wish to meet with Terry to discuss your writing, you are asked to make an appointment in advance at 777-6069.

How to contact the Writer-in- Residence

If you’re interested in discussing a manuscript, or arranging a school or community group visit, call 777-6069 after September 8. Space is limited and appointments will be granted on a first come, first served basis.

To have your manuscript reviewed, please follow these guidelines:

  • It should be typed and double-spaced on white 8-1/2 x 11” paper.
  • Include your name, address and telephone number on the cover sheet.
  • Include a short paragraph on your experience as a writer, and any training or publications to your credit.
  • Include your last name and page number on each page. (e.g. Smith - Page 3).
  • Maximum length: 15 pages, or one chapter of a novel, or up to 6 poems.
  • Limit of one manuscript per person.
  • Please send only a copy and retain your original manuscript.

    Writer-in-Residence Location

    The Writer-in-Residence office is located at Central Library, 2311-12th Avenue, second floor, in the southwest corner beside the Literacy Office. -->

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