Writer In Residence

The Edmonton Public Library's Writer in Residence (WIR) program provides services to aspiring and established writers in Edmonton.

Services include individual manuscript consultations, public readings and talks, information on the publishing process and networking with the writing community.

The WIR hosts monthly events at various EPL branches. These sessions bring together writers of all abilities to network, talk about their writing, listen to guest speakers, and provide support and encouragement to each other.

All about Wayne

2016 Writer in Residence Wayne Arthurson2016 WIR Wayne Arthurson will call EPL home for the year. Wayne Arthurson is an indigenous writer and musician, the author of countless articles (including many book reviews), and nine books including the bestselling Fall From Grace and A Killing Winter. In 2012, Fall From Grace, the first book in the Leo Desroches mystery series, won the $10,000 Alberta Readers' Choice Award.

To contact Wayne, email him at warthurson@epl.ca or call him at 780-496-5999. His office hours are Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. These hours can be flexible if you need to meet at another time.


WiR PhotoRelearning to Read and Write
Sunday, Feb. 21, 2 p.m.
Stanley A. Milner Library (SE Corner Main Floor)
Most of us learn to read and write as young kids, but what happens if you have to do it again at age 45? Come listen to former journalist and communications professional Tim Seefeldt talk about his journey of relearning two “Rs’ of his profession so he could get back to work and support his family after suffering a stroke. A fascinating, frustrating and sometimes funny tale of rediscovering the joy and importance of the written word. Presented in conjunction the Heart and Stroke Month.

Comic and Graphic Novel Workshop
Saturday, February 27, 2016, 1-4pm
Stanley A. Milner Library (Makerspace and Program Room)
Wow! Join EPL Writer in Residence Wayne Arthurson and U of A professor Chris Reyns-Chikuma for an afternoon of graphic novels and comics! This afternoon will include a discussion on diversity (led by women working in the genre), a panel of writers and artists sharing their creative processes, and the opportunity to learn to design and print your own graphic novel in the Makerspace! (In conjunction with this event, an exhibit of work by U of A students in the Superhero genre will be on display on the 2nd floor of the Milner Library from Feb 7th-27th.)

Less Art, More Pop - Mike McDonaldMcDonald Song Writing Workshop
Saturday, March 26, 2 p.m.
Stanley A. Milner Library (Makerspace)
This is a rare opportunity to get the inside track on writing great songs from Canadian music legend. Mike McDonald, of Jr. Gone Wild, will not only share what inspires him to write a song, he will, with guitar in hand, show you how he does it. This workshop is a “don’t miss” event. After the workshop there will be an opportunity to tour the recording studios at the Makerspace.

Regional Writer in Residence

For the fourth year, EPL is pleased to be working with our partners in the Metro Edmonton Federation of Libraries on a regional program offering two Writers in Residence working in Edmonton and the surrounding area.

EPL and the Fort Saskatchewan Public Library, St. Albert Public Library and Strathcona County Library welcome Wayne Arthurson and Marty Chan as the 2016 Metro Federation Writers in Residence.

Wayne 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. Marty, meanwhile, will split his time between the regional libraries.


You can email Wayne at warthurson@epl.ca or phone him at 780-496-5999.

His office hours are Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. (hours are flexible). Drop-ins are accepted; however, it’s best to email or call ahead to ensure he's not out with another client.

Wayne Arthurson / 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