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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. 

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About the Writer in Residence

Susie with Dog 2016

Susie Moloney

Susie Moloney has been a novelist, journalist, essayist and screenwriter for decades. Her second novel, A Dry Spell, has been published in 18 countries and translated into 12 languages. Tom Cruise optioned the film rights. Her other novels, Bastion Falls, The Dwelling, and The Thirteen have also sold in multiple countries, and languages. She is the author of a collection of short fiction,Things Withered. An award-winning novelist, screenwriter, and columnist, her first feature film, Bright Hill Road, has just been completed and will be screening soon. She's married to celebrated playwright, Vern Thiessen and together they are raising what is quite possibly the world's worst dog, Scrappy. He is the centre of their lives.

Contact the WIR

Susie is maintaining her regular office hours through video conferencing software, email, and telephone. Her virtual office hours will be:

  • Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • The first Saturday of each month 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Susie can be reached through email at Susie.Moloney@epl.ca or by phone at 780-499-0680 and she will be conducting video conferencing one-on-one sessions using Zoom.

2021 Writer in Residence

The Metro Edmonton Federation of Libraries, which includes the Edmonton Public Library, St. Albert Public Library and Strathcona County Library are now accepting applications from Edmonton and area writers for two positions as Writers in Residence for the period of January 2 - December 31, 2021.

Goals of the Program

  • Support writers through 1-on-1 consultations, workshops, and mentorship
  • Connect with relevant groups and organizations in the host community to do outreach and provide programming
  • Act as a living link between the Library and the community
  • Cconnect with and encourage the imagination of readers
  • Provide time, space, and resources for a published author to grow their body of work


  • Resident of Edmonton or surrounding area
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • Minimum of one professionally published, critically reviewed title
  • Instruction and facilitation experience in the area of creative writing
  • Active participant in a local writing community
  • Comfortable working with the public in one-on-one and group settings
  • Interest in, and ability to, provide online consultation
  • Currently working on a writing project intended for publication
  • Familiarity with library programs and services and a desire to be a community advocate for public libraries
  • Must have a vehicle and valid driver’s license, to allow for travel throughout the metro Edmonton area

How to Apply

Review the 2021 Call for Applications and submit applications electronically in pdf format to: msteinhusen@sapl.ca by 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 14, 2020.

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