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.

The Metro Edmonton Federation of Libraries is accepting applications for two positions as Writers in Residence for the period of January 2 to December 31, 2019. The deadline is 9 a.m. on September 17, 2018.

All About Darrin Hagen

A playwright, actor, sound designer, composer, performer, director and TV host, Darrin Hagen is the Artistic Director of Guys In Disguise, currently celebrating three decades of drag comedies that have toured across North America. He has received seven Sterling Awards for his work in the Edmonton theatre scene, and over 40 nominations. His writing debut was the award-winning The Edmonton Queen in 1996, followed by Tornado Magnet: A Salute to Trailer Court Women. Hagen’s numerous creations have been produced across Canada, in the U.S. and as far away as Ireland.

Hagen has been inducted into the Q Hall of Fame Canada and the Edmonton Queer Hall of Fame. In 2005 he was named one of 100 Edmontonians of the Century, and last year was named one of Alberta’s 25 Most Influential Artists in the last 25 years. He is currently working on a series of presentations that will illuminate the important histories of western Canada’s LGBTQ+ population.

Two Writers in Residence

EPL is pleased to be working with 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 Darrin Hagen and Michael Hingston as the 2018 Metro Federation Writers in Residence.

Contact EPL's Writer in Residence

Hagen is working out of the Highlands Branch. His office hours are Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drop by or make an appointment by reaching him at darrin.hagen@epl.ca.

Upcoming Workshops and Events

WORLDS AWAY - The Sci-Fi Workshop!

Join award-winning science fiction and fantasy author Minister Faust as he leads a session for both the aspiring and experienced spec fiction writer. Find out how to create exciting, dynamic heroes, and learn how to create dynamic, unforgettable worlds… and ensure your readers never get so blocked by your cities that they can't see the stars.

The Moon is a Circle, Come Sing

Join Writer in Residence Darrin Hagen in poetic conversation with Anna Marie Sewell as she presents performative work from her new book, For the Changing Moon: Poems and Songs. This new book is offered in a spirit of sharing aloud, so please feel welcome to bring your own poems, songs and reflections on the Moon and on Change for a Sharing Circle to round out a night of poetry, music, tea and moon cakes.