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The Faculty of Arts at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, invites applications from Canadian writers for the Edna Staebler Laurier Visiting Author position, for two weeks from Oct. 22-Nov. 2, 2018.

The visiting author will be paid $4,000 for a two-week residency in accordance with Canada Council guidelines, and up to $1,000 will be offered to cover local accommodations (to be arranged by the author).

Edna Staebler (1906-2006) was a member of the Order of Canada, an award-winning journalist and the author of 21 books, including the bestselling Schmecks series of books. She was a regular contributor to Maclean's, Saturday Night, The Toronto Star, and Chatelaine, among other newspapers and magazines.

Staebler achieved writing success later in life, much of which she attributed to the mentoring of a passionate teacher. She was determined to provide that same encouragement to developing writers. Laurier's Faculty of Arts is the proud administrator of Staebler's legacy through the administration of this position as well as the Edna Staebler Award in Creative Non-Fiction and the Writer-in-Residence.

This two-week visiting author position (40 hours/week) requires that approximately 24 hours of the author's time to be spent on community activities such as classroom visits, meetings with students, readings, talks, and workshops, leaving the remaining number of hours for the writer to work on their own creative projects. Two days of the two-week period will be spent at Laurier's Brantford campus.

To become the next visiting author, you must meet the application requirements and apply by May 14, 2018.

Past Visiting Authors

2017: Pasha Malla

Pasha Malla is an accomplished author of work in several genres including short stories, novels, personal essays, and humour. He is also a respected literary mentor and writes for publications such as The Globe & Mail and The Walrus. His books include The Withdrawal Method (Anansi, 2011), People Park (Anansi, 2012), Fugue States (Knopf, 2017), and the edited volume Best Canadian Sports Writing (with Stacey May Fowles, ECW, 2017). During his time at Laurier he offered manuscript consultations, gave two public talks, and made several classroom visits to discuss his work and the craft of writing. 

Contact Us:

Jenny Kerber, Department of English and Film Studies

E: jkerber@wlu.ca


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