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Apply to be a writer in residence

The Writer in Residence (also known as the Kuldip Gill Writing Fellowship) term lasts for eleven weeks, between January and April each year. Candidates should have a substantial publishing record, including two books (or the equivalent) with a recognized publisher.

Our program aims to balance the writer's public engagement with his or her own writing practice. While the primary function of a writing residency is to provide the writer with an extended period of time to concentrate on his or her own writing, our program also provides opportunities for the writer to interact extensively with the UFV community, enabling this audience's appreciation and understanding of both the writer's work and contemporary Canadian writing.

*Please note that for the 2021 residency, the writer in residence may be working remotely, or in a hybrid capacity, depending on the COVID-19 requirements.

Activities of the writer in residence

The Writer in Residence is a member of the university community and therefore involved in a number of activities:

  • Pursues his or her own writing projects
  • Keeps office hours two days a week for consultation with members of the UFV community
  • Provides input on programming for the Fraser Valley Literary Festival, and selection of keynote speaker(s)
  • Participates in two readings or workshops at the university, open to those associated with the university as well as the community at large
  • Visits classes in creative writing and literature, as well as other disciplines as invited, but does not augment department teaching staff
  • Writes the foreword for the Louden Singletree literary magazine
  • Contributes three posts for the English Department's blog, Write of Passage

Interested in applying?

If you meet the qualifications above, please forward a cover letter, CV, and a sample of a current writing project in a single Word document (10 pages max) to:

The yearly application deadline is August 15.

Writer in residence committee

The Writer in Residence Committee has been established by the English Department to work in consultation with the resident writer to design and coordinate his or her schedule of duties and activities. Committee members include Andrea MacPherson, Trevor Carolan, Rajnish Dhawan, and Michelle Superle.

Dessa Bayrock, UFV English grad

Coming from a small university, I was scared that I wouldn't measure up when I started grad school. But as corny as it sounds, UFV gave me all of the tools I need to succeed.

  • – Dessa Bayrock
  •    Doctoral Candidate, Carleton University
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