Winnipeg Arts Council

Accepting Applications for Winnipeg Public Library’s Writer-in-Residence

Winnipeg Public Library is seeking applications for the 2024-25 edition of its Writer-in-Residence program.

From an office at the Millennium Library and online from their home, the Writer-in-Residence will work with emerging Manitoba writers through individual consultations by phone, email, online and in-person meetings. The Writer-in-Residence will also offer group workshops and a writing circle. The program is offered province-wide thanks to the support of the Public Library Services Branch of Manitoba Sport, Culture, Heritage and Tourism.

The residency will begin October 1, 2024 and run for seven months, subject to funding. The Writer-in-Residence will spend at least 15 hours per week on public consultation work and the balance (20 hours per week) on their own writing.

Criteria: The successful applicant must have had at least two books published professionally as well as previous experience in teaching, mentoring or as a manuscript evaluator or editor. Preference will be given to Manitoba residents.

Salary: $3,570 per month

Application: Your letter of application must include the following:

• Your history of literary publications in poetry, drama, fiction or non-fiction

• A statement on your personal mentoring philosophy

• Your experience in developing and delivering writing or editing courses, workshops, etc.

• Description of the personal writing project to be worked on during the residency

• Proposal for at least one public program or workshop to be offered during the residency, with special attention to distance programming via Zoom, streaming or conferencing platforms.

• References from a literary colleague (e.g. writer, publisher) and from an individual or organization you have provided mentorship to.

• References should be in the form of a letter or brief written statement, and should focus on the applicant's mentoring and/or editing skills

• Please include contact information for references for selection committee follow-up

Application deadline: Monday, June 3, 2024

Mail your complete application to:

Writer-in-Residence Selection Committee

c/o Readers Services

Millennium Library

251 Donald Street

Winnipeg, MB

R3C 3P5

Or email your complete applications to [email protected]

Note: Previous applicants and former Writers-in-Residence are eligible to re-apply.