English and Film Studies

The Writer-in-Residence Program at the University of Alberta, Department of English.

Writer-in-Residence Program

The English and Film Studies Writer-in-Residence Program

The Writer-in-Residence Program is a year-long residency, from September 1st to May 31st, which for the last forty years has brought acclaimed writers from across Canada to Edmonton. While here, the writer-in-residence has time to pursue his or her own writing projects, while keeping office hours two half-days a week for writing consultation with university staff and students, as well as the general public in and around Edmonton.

If you'd like to know more about the Writer-in-Residence Program, contact:

Professor Christine Stewart
Writer-in-Residence Committee Chair
Department of English and Film Studies
University of Alberta
3-5 Humanities Centre
Edmonton, AB T6G 2E5

Our Writer-in-Residence 2016-17

Jaspreet Singh is a novelist, essayist and a short story writer. His collection of linked stories, Seventeen Tomatoes, received the Quebec First Book Prize. His novel Chef (about the damaged landscapes of Kashmir) was a finalist for a Commonwealth prize and won Alberta's George Bugnet award for fiction. Helium, his critically acclaimed second novel was a 2013 Observer Best Book of the Year in the UK. The Globe and Mail called it a 'tour de force' and the Financial Times described it as a 'powerful meditation on historical forgetting.'