Writer In Residence

Applications to become one of the two 2018 Writers in Residence are due Monday, July 17, 2017.  For more information on the position please view the posting.  

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 David van Belle

2017 EPL Writer in Residence David van BelleBorn in Amsterdam and raised all over Canada, 2017 WIR David van Belle is a relative newcomer to Edmonton and will call EPL home for the whole of 2017. He is a playwright, director, actor and theatre deviser who has been Co-Artistic Director of Ghost River Theatre, an ensemble member of One Yellow Rabbit and playwright-in-residence at Alberta Theatre Projects.

van Belle has created such works as BUZZ JOB! The True Story of Cal Cavendish with Kris Demeanor and The Invisible Project during a month-long residency at Calgary’s largest homeless shelter. He is also a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Award, several Betty Mitchell awards and numerous other citations, as well as a multiple nominee for the Gwen Pharis Ringwood prize in playwriting.

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 David van Belle and Richard Van Camp as the 2017 Metro Federation Writers in Residence.

Contact EPL's Writer in Residence

van Belle's office hours will resume Wednesday, August 30 after a summer break, at which time he will be located at the Clareview Branch.