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.



Spoken Word Workshop with Ahmed Knowmadic

Got something to say? Want to speak it loud? Spoken Word Master Ahmed Knowmadic will guide you through the verbal and physical ins and outs of one of the most dynamic literary genres, Spoken Word. Seriously, don’t miss this chance to hear wise words from Canada’s Spoken Word Champion and award-winning poet.

WHEN: Sunday, September 18, 2016 2:00PM
WHERE: Stanley A. Milner Library, Programming Room
COST: This is a free event. No registration is required.

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