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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

The Edna Staebler Laurier Writer-in-Residence program is a residency for Canadian writers. We offer both shorter, visiting author 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 writer-in-residence will receive $25,000 for a 12-week residency, a compensation rate per week commensurate with Canada Council funding (e.g. approximately $2,000 per week). Eleven weeks will be spent on Laurier’s Waterloo campus, and one week on Laurier’s Brantford campus. Laurier will provide accommodation close to campus for the chosen writer. Travel expenses to get to and from the residency will also be covered (within Canada).

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.

COVID-19 Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Edna Staebler Award program is currently on hold. We are monitoring the situation and will post updates as they become available.

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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