Will I get my books back?
At this time, the CDWP requires digital copies of books, plays, or screenplays. Please submit PDFs through the online application form in lieu of or in addition to hard copies by mail. For any files deemed too large, please email email@example.com to make alternative arrangements for electronic file transfer.
What is the time commitment for this position? Is the duration of the residency flexible?
This is a full-time residency lasting ten months, from September 1 to June 30. We are not able to move, shorten, or lengthen this residency.
The Canadian Writer-in-Residence is expected to divide their time equally between community outreach and their own writing. One of the requirements of this residency is that the Writer-in-Residence will meet with members of the community to provide manuscript consultations. The Writer-in-Residence is not expected to review whole manuscripts; rather, they will review excerpts and/or shorter works.
The Writer-in-Residence may also choose to offer creative consultations, meeting with community members to discuss aspects of writing, research, publishing, etc. more generally, without reviewing any writing in particular. However, the Writer-in-Residence cannot opt to do only creative consultations.
For other community outreach, the Canadian Writer-in-Residence speaks at events around Calgary and the surrounding area throughout the year. This may include events at literary festivals, book clubs, literary organizations, libraries, etc. We encourage the Writer-in-Residence to pursue community outreach options that are meaningful to them.
Regarding their own writing, the Writer-in-Residence may use the residency to focus on an initial draft, on editing, on research, or some combination of the above, depending on what projects they pursue. The Writer-in-Residence can negotiate their own office hours, and is not required to do their writing in their office.