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To be considered for the position of Edna Staebler Visiting Author, you must meet the following requirements.


To become the Edna Staebler Visiting Author, you must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
  • Have an established literary reputation for critically well-received work published in one or more of the following genres: fiction, poetry, drama or creative non-fiction.
  • Have professional teaching or public speaking experience.
  • Have a willingness to engage with students and the public in both one-on-one and group settings.
  • Be an active participant in the writing community.
  • Be in the midst of a new full-length writing project intended for publication or performance.

Applications for the Edna Staebler Visiting Author position must include the following, in a single PDF document:

  • A cover letter, including:
    • A clear statement of your availability during the proposed dates.
    • A statement of what you hope to achieve during the residency.
    • Several methods of contacting you immediately should your application be successful.
  • A literary CV, including:
    • Complete details for all published books and produced plays, screenplays or performance art.
    • All received writing awards, prizes and other honours.
    • Related volunteer and work experience teaching, mentoring, editing, assessing manuscripts, leading workshops, etc.
    • Two letters of reference from members of the writing community that discuss your abilities as a writer and as a mentor to other writers. Important: Letters of reference must be sent by the referee directly to
  • A 15-20-page sample from recent published or unpublished work (double-spaced, 12-point font).
  • Reviews of published or produced work in nationally recognized publications.

The following will be considered assets:

  • Experience in writing in more than one genre.
  • Experience in working with young people.
  • Experience in working with the public and with beginning writers.

How to Apply

Applications are currently closed.

Contact Us:

Jenny Kerber, Department of English and Film Studies