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 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 is working out of the Clareview Branch. His office hours are Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Make an appointment by reaching him at 780-499-0680 or dvanbelle@epl.ca.

Upcoming Workshops and Events

Get Over Yourself! Techniques for Writing (and Completing) that Terrifying First Draft

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Clareview Branch

EPL Writer in Residence David van Belle uses devised writing techniques to help you bring your idea to a first draft. Emphasis on character creation, structure and embracing the element of surprise, all wrapped in techniques to help you get over yourself and write! Suitable for fiction, drama, screenplays and a perfect way to prepare for NaNoWriMo (if that's your thing). You don't need an existing idea to participate, just a willingness to dive in and be brave.

Registration is appreciated, but not required.