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

Vern Thiessen

Vern Thiessen

Vern Thiessen is one of Canada’s most produced playwrights. His work has been seen across Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia.  His works include Of Human Bondage, Vimy, Einstein’s Gift (GG winner), Lenin’s Embalmers (GG finalist), Apple, and Shakespeare’s Will. He has been produced off-Broadway five times. Vern is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Dora and Sterling awards for Outstanding New Play, The Carol Bolt Award, the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award, the City of Edmonton Arts Achievement Award, the University of Alberta Alumni Award of Excellence, and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, Canada’s highest honour for a playwright. Vern received his B.A. from the University of Winnipeg and an M.F.A. from the University of Alberta.

Contact the WIR

Vern is maintaining regular office hours through video conferencing software, email, and telephone. His virtual office hours will be:

  • Monday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Vern can be reached through email at Vern.Thiessen@EPL.CA or by phone at 780-499-0680.  He will be conducting one-on-one video conferencing  sessions using Zoom.

Writing Events

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Writing Resources

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