English and Film Studies

Writer in Residence Application Information

The Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta invites applications for its 2019-20 Writer-in-Residence


Term:   September 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020.
Salary: $50,000 plus a full range of benefits and a professional expense allowance.

Description of the Position:
The Writer-in-Residence (WiR) is a member of the university and Edmonton community from September through May. While the writer is encouraged to become involved in community activities, including consultations with and mentoring writers, ample time is provided to devote to his or her own writing projects. The WiR normally gives at least two readings in the department, as well as other readings in response to requests from the community. Although the WiR also may be invited to visit Creative Writing, Canadian Literature and other classes on campus, this is not a teaching position. It is assumed that the writer's physical residence will be in the city of Edmonton for the duration of the appointment.

More information on the position and benefits can be found at https://www.ualberta.ca/english-film-studies/programs/writer-in-residence-program.

Qualifications:
The successful applicant must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada and must have at least one published book. Eligible publications include a complete book of fiction, short stories, poetry, drama, children’s literature, multimedia, graphic novels, creative non-fiction, or literary non-fiction that lends itself to a public reading.

Applications must include:
• a literary resume
• writing samples: 50 page writing sample from a published book and/or 20-30 pages of work-in-progress
• a statement of interest in the residency (maximum 1 page)
• a single-page description of the writing projects to be undertaken during the residency
• two letters of reference (preferably not from agents or publishers) emailed directly to dianne.johnson@ualberta.ca.

Please submit applications online at https://goo.gl/forms/sMp6MZFkSNmfPgc03. You will need a gmail account to complete the online application. Otherwise, please send completed application form and supporting documents by mail or courier to:

Writer-in-Residence Committee
c/o Dianne Johnson, Research Coordinator
Department of English and Film Studies
University of Alberta
3-5 Humanities Centre
Edmonton, AB T6G 2E5

The post-marked deadline for applications is August 31, 2018
The date of the decision is October 31, 2018

Funding for the Writer-in-Residence Program
The existence of the program has depended on grants and donations from the public, including a very generous gift made in 1995 on behalf of Sandy and Kay Pearson, and a major endowment from Jason Kapalka. In recognition of the Pearson family gift, the Writer-in-Residence is the recipient each year of the Sandy and Kay Pearson Distinguished Writing Award. The Writer-in-Residence is encouraged to apply for project funding from Canada Council for the Arts. The Writer-in-Residence Coordinator at the University of Alberta will help guide the successful candidate through the Canada Council application process.

Please note that this position is subject to Canada Council for the Arts funding regulations.

We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.

For further information about the Writer-in-Residence Program, please contact Associate Professor Marilyn Dumont (mdumont@ualberta.ca).