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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.

To accommodate any necessary COVID-19 restrictions, the 2022 writer-in-residence will receive $21,000 for a 10-week virtual residency, a compensation rate per week commensurate with Canada Council funding (e.g. approximately $2,000 per week). Nine weeks will be spent with the community at Laurier’s Waterloo campus, and one week will be devoted to Laurier’s Brantford campus community.

The full-time position requires 40% of the author’s time (approximately 15-20 hours) to be spent on community programs or projects on Laurier's two 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;
  • Class visits;
  • Giving readings and lectures;
  • Leading workshops; or
  • Participating in similar community programming in Brantford and Kitchener-Waterloo.

Contact Us:

Award for Creative Non-Fiction

E: staebleraward@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.1970 x3361

Writer-in-Residence Program

E: staeblerWIR@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x4669

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