About the Program
The Regina Public Library Writer-in-Residence program provides aspiring writers of all genres with the opportunity to receive guidance and advice from an established Canadian writer.
Benefits to Author and Regina Community
History of RPL and Canada Council for the Arts WIR
RPL has offered this very valuable program to the Regina community on an annual basis from 1978 to 1991, through a 50 percent funding grant from the Canada Council.
When budget restraints forced Canada Council to withdraw funding, RPL began to fully fund the program every other year.
While Regina Public Library administered and funded the program independently we continued to follow established Canada Council guidelines in order to maintain the program's continuity and credibility.
Former Regina Public Library/Canada Council for the Arts Writers-in-Residence
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 Begamudre, 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
2011/12 Ed Willett, fiction and non-fiction author, Regina, SK
2013/14 Gail Bowen, fiction author, Regina, SK