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Writer-in-Residence Program

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.
While the successful candidate will devote 70% of their time on their writing projects, the WIR will also be available for consultation with local writers, plan public readings, literary activities, and programs that will focus on serving and supporting the Regina writing community in Regina.

Benefits to Author and Regina Community
  • Aspiring writers in Regina can receive guidance and advice from an established Canadian writer, thus providing an enriching learning opportunity for the Regina community.
  • The successful candidate will be able to devote 70% of their time to a specific writing project, while contributing to Saskatchewan and Canada's literary growth.
  • The program is an investment in the community at large, and will provide many benefits and networking opportunities to not only RPL patrons, but to business, community organizations and schools.

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

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