Apply to be Canadian Writer-in-Residence

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Apply to be Canadian Writer-in-Residence

At the University of Calgary

Location: 2500 University Dr NW
Timeframe: September 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025 (10-month term)
Application deadline: 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, January 11, 2023

About the Position

This residency is a full-time term position, open to Canadian writers, dates non-negotiable. We accept and encourage applications from writers of all genres who have one to four published and/or professionally performed works to their credit.

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 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 Calgary Distinguished Writers Program and university.

How to 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 (so that we may confirm their receipt)

Letters of reference must be sent directly from referrers to the CDWP by email to

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The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply.

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