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University of Calgary – Canadian Writer-in-Residence Deadline to Apply

January 11, 2023, 11:59 PM MST


Apply to be Canadian Writer-in-Residence

For 25 years, the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program (CDWP) has fostered promising Canadian writers. Our Canadian Writers-in-Residence have gone on to great success, including alumni such as Eden Robinson, Larissa Lai, Suzette Mayr, Sina Queyras, Deborah Willis, and Governor-General’s Literary Award winners Oana Avasilichioaei and Richard Harrison. Do you have what it takes to be the next CDWP Canadian Writer-in-Residence?

Who are we looking for?

We encourage applications from writers of all genres who have one to four published and/or professionally performed works to their credit.
This residency is a full-time term position, dates non-negotiable. For more information on eligibility, see our FAQs.

The Canadian Writer-in-Residence is expected to spend 50% of their time working on their own writing, and 50% of their time on community outreach, including one-on-one consultations with the public and public lectures or readings. We encourage candidates to propose their own initiatives for community engagement. A background or demonstrated interest in community engagement — such as experience teaching or mentoring writers — is an asset.

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.

How do I apply?

Applications must include the following documents:

—A statement of interest (max. two pages) showing:

  • Why you’re interested in this residency
  • Your experience in and approach to community engagement
  • Your experience in and approach to mentoring and consulting with writers

—A literary resume (up to 10 pages) including:

  • Your mailing address, telephone number, and email address
  • Your publication history
  • Selected talks, readings, workshops, etc. you’ve given that are relevant to this position
  • Examples of your community engagement experience, if applicable

—A description of projects (max. one page) outlining the writing projects you intend to undertake during your residency

—Two letters of reference from people who can speak to any of the following: your writing, mentorship, and/or community engagement (this would not normally include agents or publishers)

—PDF copies of your 1–4 published books, plays, or screenplays

—A list of your books, plays, or screenplays included with your application

Letters of reference must be sent directly from referrers to the CDWP by email to Please use the subject line: Letter of Reference: First Name Last Name – WiR 2024-25

For more information on the application requirements, visit our FAQs.

Applicants who apply by the deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 for the position of Canadian Writer-in-Residence (2024-25) will be contacted regarding the committee’s decision by the end of July 2023.