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Fall 2017 Writer in Residence

Pasha Malla has been chosen as Wilfrid Laurier University’s Edna Staebler Writer in Residence (WIR) for the fall 2017 intensive residency program.

Malla is an accomplished and well-recognized writer in several genres, including short stories, novels, poetry, personal essays and humour. He also pens a monthly books column in The Globe and Mail, and frequently contributes to The Walrus, The New Yorker, and CBC Radio.

During his time on Laurier’s Waterloo and Brantford campuses, Oct. 23-Nov. 3, Malla will be working on two projects: a magic realist story and a nonfiction book about an Italian physicist who disappeared mysteriously in 1938. He will also be available to visit classes, conduct workshops, offer literary readings and mentor writers in the Laurier community one-on-one.

About the Program

The Edna Staebler Laurier Writer-in-Residence program is a residency for Canadian writers. We offer both shorter, "intensive" residency opportunities and longer residencies, depending on available funds and local planning initiatives from year to year. All Canadian writers of established literary reputation in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction or drama are encouraged to apply.

The compensation rate per week is commensurate with Canada Council funding (e.g. approximately $2,000 per week). If accommodation is needed, the successful applicant will either live in Lucinda House, a century home close to Laurier's Waterloo campus (depending on availability) or in other arranged accommodation in Kitchener-Waterloo.

The full-time position (40 hours per week) requires 40% of the author’s time to be spent on community programs or projects on Laurier's three campuses, leaving 60% of the work week available for the writer’s own creative projects. Community programs and projects include:

  • reading manuscripts and consulting with students and the public,
  • visiting classrooms,
  • giving readings and lectures,
  • leading workshops or
  • participating in similar community programming in Brantford, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Toronto.

Contact Us:

Award for Creative Non-Fiction

T: 519.884.1970 x3361

Writer-in-Residence Program

T: 519.884.0710 x4669


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