Library Link: APL looking for its next writer-in-residence

Combined with workshops and office hours, the residency offers local writers the opportunity to connect with someone who has a strong publishing history and an established reputation as a professional writer.

Following on from the success of last year’s Writer-in-Residence program, Airdrie Public Library (APL) is accepting submissions of interest for this year’s residency.

Combined with workshops and office hours, the residency offers local writers the opportunity to connect with someone who has a strong publishing history and an established reputation as a professional writer.

APL’s first Writer-in-Residence program began in the early months of the COVID pandemic. As a result, our first writer-in-residence, critically acclaimed CB Forrest, had to adapt quickly to changing public health demands.

He was successful, consulting and offering his help to dozens of aspiring writers in Airdrie.

The following year, young adult fiction writer Simon Rose hosted well-attended workshops and busy office hours — all virtual, of course.

This year, we anticipate that the program will be offered in person at the library for the first time. However, the successful candidate may be required to work remotely, with some or all activities offered online.

The position requires a four week commitment in November and a willingness to support emerging and established writers in any genre or form of writing.

The successful candidate will have a commitment of 40 hours for the month and will receive an honorarium of $3,000.

As in previous years, the writer-in-residence will provide one-on-one consultations and offer manuscript readings, blue-pencil reviews, and advice on the publishing process. In addition, they will host four public speaking events, including a reading of their work.

The application deadline is September 9 at 5 p.m.

Check the APL website for more details and how to apply.

Also happening at the library this month, look for our fall programs starting Tuesday, September 6, featuring Full STEAM Ahead, Rhymes and Songs, Creative Hands & Minds, Night Owls, Preschool Storytime and more.

For more information on these programs and all APL programs and events, go to airdriepubliclibrary.ca