2015 Writer in Residence

 

 

The Edmonton Public Library's Writer in Residence program provides services to aspiring and established writers in the Edmonton area including individual manuscript consultations, public readings and talks, information on the publishing process and connections to the writing community.

The Writer in Residence (WIR) also hosts a monthly Writers' Corner at various EPL branches. These sessions bring together writers of all abilities to talk about their writing, listen to guest speakers, and provide support and encouragement to each other.

EPL is extremely excited to welcome Elizabeth Withey as our 2015 Writer in Residence!

All about Elizabeth

Elizabeth Withey will call the Edmonton Public Library home for the year. A staff writer for the Edmonton Journal for nearly 11 years, her work has also appeared in newspapers across Canada, well as in magazines and literary journals including Alberta Views, Geist, Eighteen Bridges, Room and Avenue Magazine.

Withey grew up in Saskatchewan and has a master’s degree from the University of Oxford. She studied writing at the University of Victoria before moving to Edmonton in 2004. Aside from being an award winning writer, Withey is an advanced yoga practitioner and certified ashtanga instructor, and is also fluent in German, French and Spanish.

To contact Elizabeth, email her at ewithey@epl.ca, or call her at 780-496-5999. You can also check out her website at http://elizabethwithey.com or her art experiment at http://frockaroundtheclock.tumblr.com.

Her office hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Life After The Giller

In November 2013, Edmonton author Lynn Coady won the Scotiabank Giller Prize for her short story collection, Hellgoing. What's life been like since for the novelist, journalist, and newly minted screenwriter? Join Coady for a Q&A with Elizabeth Withey, the Edmonton Public Library's Writer In Residence. Coady will also read from Hellgoing.

WhenWednesday, March 11, 2015 7pm
WhereStanley A. Milner Library (Program Room)
CostThis is a free event. No registration is required.
What

Not Just the Facts: Spinning Stories from History, Memoir, and Journalism

In this engaging session, EPL Writer in Residence Elizabeth Withey sits down for a fireside chat with Historian Laureate Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail, author of Polar Winds and For the Love of Flying,to discuss their wide-ranging experiences of researching and writing nonfiction. From interviews to oral histories, personal essay to popular history, they will share tips and tricks and a lot of hard-won knowledge. This will be followed by a short private tour of the Heritage Reading Room.

WhenSaturday, March 29, 2015 2pm
Where Stanley A. Milner Library (Program Room)
CostThis is a free event. No registration is required.

 

Past Events:

What

But That's Just My Opinion

We all have opinions about all kinds of things. But how do you write a persuasive essay or on-line rant that gets beyond mere sound and fury? Edmonton Journal columnist Paula Simons (@paulatics) talks about techniques good writers can use to get beyond the empty JMO rhetoric.

WhenSunday, February 22, 2015 2pm
WhereJasper Place Branch
Cost

This is a free event. No registration is required.

What

From Writer to Author: A Talk on Self-Publishing

Interested in publishing your finished manuscript or daunted by the difficult task of getting published once you finish your masterpiece? Join acclaimed novelist Thomas Wharton and Faces of Edmonton creator Shayne Woodsmith for a conversation on self-publishing. These two writers will discuss their experiences with, the process of, and what challenges with preparing a story for self-publication. 

Thomas Wharton is author of seven books of fiction, including The Perilous Realm trilogy. He has been a finalist for many major literary prizes, including the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and recently self-published his latest novel, Every Blade of Grass, through CreateSpace. Shayne Woodsmith is the author of two self-published novels and the creator of the Faces of Edmonton storytelling project.

WhenTuesday February 3, 2015 7PM
WhereStanley A. Milner Library - Makerspace
CostThis is a free event. No registration is required.

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Frequently asked questions

1. Do you give feedback on anyone’s writing? Do I have to be published?

2. How do I send something to you?

3. Do we have to talk in person about my work?

4. Do I have to give you writing? Can I just come by to talk about semi-colons or fonts?

5. My writing is too awful to show you. Can I come just to talk about writing?

6. What kind of feedback will you give me?

7. Will you help me get published?

8. Should I send my whole novel?

9. When should I come to see you?


1. Do you give feedback on anyone’s writing? Do I have to be published?
Yes, my job is to give feedback on creative writing in all genres. New, unpublished writers are especially welcome to send material.

 

2. How do I send something to you?
You can contact me at writerinresidence@epl.ca. Or, you can leave your writing in an envelope at the main desk of the Stanley A. Milner Library.

 

3. Do we have to talk in person about my work?
No. If you prefer, I can give you feedback online or by phone.

 

4. Do I have to give you writing? Can I just come by to talk about semi-colons or fonts?
By all means, come by to chat or make an appointment. No, you do not have to bring writing!

 

5. My writing is too awful to show you. Can I come just to talk about writing?
Sure, you can come to talk about any aspect of writing. The conversation will be much more relevant to YOUR writing, though, if we can talk about that. Trust me: first drafts are always dreadful. It’s terribly embarrassing to hand them over, but if you’re stuck—do it! (I’m guessing you’re a tad overcritical.)

 

6. What kind of feedback will you give me?
What kind would you like? If you would like me to focus on, say, character development, I will. Or, if you want a more general critique, that’s fine too. We’ll talk about what will be most helpful for you.

 

7. Will you help me get published?
I’ll be happy to share what I know about the publishing process, but, no, connecting you to a publisher is not part of my role.

 

8. Should I send my whole novel?
No! I won’t have time to read nearly all of it. Here are my submission guidelines:

  • Fiction, non-fiction, scripts: maximum of 10 double-spaced pages
  • Poetry: 5 short (one-page) poems

 

9. When should I come to see you?
The best thing to do is email me at writerinresidence@epl.ca to set up an appointment. My office hours will be posted here after the new year. You’re welcome to drop by then, but I might be busy with other writers.

Get in touch with me

You can email Elizabeth at ewithey@epl.ca or phone her at 780.496.5999.

Visit her website at http://elizabethwithey.com and check out her art experiment at http://frockaroundtheclock.tumblr.com.

Her office hours are 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Drop-ins are accepted; however, it’s best to email or call ahead to ensure she's not out with another client.

Elizabeth Withey / Writer in Residence
c/o Stanley A. Milner Library
7 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, AB   T5J 2V4

Submission Guidelines:

  • Fiction, non-fiction, scripts: maximum of 10 double-spaced pages
  • Poetry: 5 short (one-page) poems

You are seeing double!

For the third year, EPL is pleased to be working with our partners in the Metro Edmonton Federation of Libraries on a regional program that offers not one, but two Writers in Residence working throughout Edmonton and area.

EPL along with the Fort Saskatchewan Public Library, St. Albert Public Library and Strathcona County Library welcome Elizabeth Withey and Gail Sidonie Sobat as the 2015 Metro Federation Writers in Residence.

Elizabeth will be the EPL Writer in Residence, based at the Stanley A. Milner Library, and will dedicate his time to working with Edmonton’s writing community. Gail, meanwhile, will split her time between the regional libraries.

Find out more about Gail Sidonie Sobat at http://metrowir.com/gail-sidonie-sobat/