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Writer in Residence

Saskatoon Public Library , Saskatoon
Deadline: October 20, 2017 - November 17, 2017


Name: Human Resources



November 17, 2017

Writer in Residence
Full Time Contract Position from September 1, 2018 – May 31, 2019
Applications are invited from all Canadian creative writers for the Saskatoon Public Library/Canada Council for the Arts Writer in Residence.
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Position overview
The Writer in Residence acts as a mentor to writers in the community, reviewing manuscripts and providing criticism and advice about publishing. The Writer offers individual consultations, group workshops and programs, author readings and participates in other special events during their residency.
In addition to providing exchanges between the author and the community, the Writer in Residence program enables the author to work on their own writing projects. This residency requires working collaboratively with the public through individual consultations, school visits, group workshops and public lectures or seminars. The position requires 14.5 hours per week: (40 percent) of the author’s time to be devoted to library programs and projects, allowing considerable time of 21.75 hours per week (60 percent) for their own creative writing.
Eligibility criteria
Eligibility criteria is based on the Canada Council for the Arts’ guidelines for the Research & Creation (residencies) grant; the position is subject to Canada Council funding.

Applicants must:
• be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;
• have a minimum of two professional publications prior to the application deadline (this includes books of fiction, novels, short stories, poetry, drama, young adult or children's literature, graphic novels, or literary non-fiction);
• have made a significant contribution to their discipline.;
• be active in their profession; and
• intend to work on a new writing project (normally intended for book-length publication).

Applications must include:
• a cover letter and resume outlining literary publications and previous experience;
• a sample (20 – 30 pages, typed or word-processed, single sided and suitable for photocopying) of recent work (reviews of earlier work are encouraged but not required); and
• three signed letters of reference.

The successful applicant must:
• Be willing to complete the Canada Council Research and Creation (residencies) grant application and any other associated paperwork.
• Be an active participant in a local writing community.
• Be proficient at public speaking, planning and presenting programs.
• Have previous experience in programming and facilitation in the area of creative writing. Previous experience as a writer in residence, teacher or library consultant/mentor would be an asset.
• Have demonstrated effective interpersonal skills in dealing with the public and co-workers.
• Have demonstrated the ability to work independently, organize work and meet deadlines.
• Have demonstrated reliability, initiative and willingness to try new ideas.

$40,000 less the amount of the grant received from the Canada Council for the Arts over a nine-month term. Please submit your application package online at All applications must be received online by 5 p.m., Friday, November 17, 2017.