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The RPL Writer in Residence program provides opportunities for members of the community to receive guidance and advice from an established Canadian writer, while enabling the writer to devote time to a specific writing project.

Beginning in late August and ending in May, the Writer in Residence is available for consultations with individuals requiring assistance on personal writing projects, and will plan public readings, literary activities, and programs that will focus on serving and supporting the amateur writing community in Regina.

The intent of the program is to:

  • Encourage and inspire local writers to create works of their own;
  • Work with a variety of age groups and backgrounds to assist writers in finding their own literary voice;
  • Enable authors and others in the community to receive guidance and advice from an established writer; and
  • Engage the Regina public in learning more about the process of writing, editing and/or publishing.

Planned Activities during Residency

The Writer in Residence will have approximately 60 per cent of his/her time to devote to his/her writing. The remaining 40 per cent is allocated to meet the public requirements of the position, which are:

  • Read manuscripts and confer with Regina writers on their work.  Previous writers have chosen to set aside one day each week to meet with writers.  Because this is a public position, we do ask that the writer make some time available for consultation in the evening for people who work during the day.
  • On behalf of Regina Public Library, the Writer in Residence also does school and community visits, offers writing seminars or workshops both in the library branches and in the community, and does readings from their work.

In addition, the Writer in Residence may receive outside requests to do a number of other readings, workshops, school visits, conference appearances, etc., within Regina. The writer is free to organize and take part in these events at his/her discretion. However, the arrangements for remuneration (Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild or other sources) are to be made independently by the writer.

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 up to 60 per cent of his/her time to specific writing projects, allowing him/her to contribute 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 business, community organizations, schools and citizens of Regina.

The Regina Public Library Writer in Residence Program has provided a vital service to the local community in the past. Through innovative programming and promotion, audience reach has extended to the general public and continues to generate new interest in the art of writing. Regina citizens have come to value the Writer in Residence as a source for their writing information.

Community Engagement and Programming

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Past 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 Begamudré, fiction, speculative fiction, Regina, SK
  • 2002/03 Alison Lohans, children's and young adult literature, Regina, SK
  • 2005/06 Mansel Robinson, playwright and author, Saskatoon, SK
  • 2007/08 Ibi Kaslik, Young Adult fiction
  • 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, Regina, SK
  • 2014/15 Arthur Slade, children's and young adult literature, Saskatoon SK
  • 2015/16 Nilofar Shidmehr, poetry and personal writing, Vancouver, BC
  • 2016/17 Trevor Herriot, writer, naturalist, activist, Regina SK
  • 2017/18 Andrew Battershill, fiction, Vancouver, BC
  • 2018/19 Judith Silverthorne, fiction, Regina, SK
  • 2019/20 David Gane, fiction, Regina, SK
  • 2020/21 J. Jill Robinson, fiction, Galiano Island, BC
  • 2021/22 Neil Aitken, poetry and fiction, Vancouver, BC
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