Writers in Residence
We are thrilled to announce that Greg Bechtel and Tim Bowling have agreed to extend their contracts and be our Writers in Residence again this year!
You can book your Writer-in-Residence consultation (free to all Albertans from now until the end of May 2018) by emailing Greg Bechtel at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tim Bowling at email@example.com with the subject line -AB WiR Consultation. For a more detailed description of what you can expect upon setting up an appointment, you can take a look at Greg's more extensive blog post here.
In the body of your email, please include a brief note mentioning (1) the type of writing you do; (2) the type of feedback you are seeking, including any specific questions; and (3) anything else you would like them to know about yourself or your writing. You can also attach manuscript materials as per the guidelines below, ideally as a Microsoft Word compatible file (including .doc, .docx, or .rtf files), butor other text-format files are also fine, so long as they can be read by either MS Word or Adobe Reader.
Manuscripts and consultations will be addressed on a first-come first-serve basis. You can expect a brief response to your initial email within 2 business days, including more details towards setting a specific meeting time, location, and/or medium. Consultations will be held in person (in Edmonton, typically at a cafe in the Old Strathcona or University of Alberta areas, although other locations may also be possible) or via skype, email, or phone.
The length guidelines for manuscript submissions are as follows:
* Please note that while you are welcome to book as many consultations as you like (up until the end of May 2018), you can only book one appointment at a time. Once you have completed a consultation, you are absolutely free to book another one as soon as you like. This is simply to ensure that as many people as possible have a chance to receive consultations on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Writer in Residence Bios
Tim Bowling is a poet, novelist, and writer of creative non fiction, short stories, and essays whose twenty published books have received many honours, including five Alberta Book Awards, two Writers Trust of Canada Award nominations, two Canadian Authors Association Awards, two Governor General's Award nominations, a City of Edmonton Book Prize, and a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
A native of the west coast, where he grew up in a commercial salmon fishing family, Bowling has lived in Edmonton (where his great-grandparents settled in 1905) for over twenty years. His latest collection of poems, The Duende of Tetherball, appeared in 2016, and his fifth novel, The Heavy Bear, was published in the spring of 2017.
Contact Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org
Greg Bechtel’s fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. His genre-bending first story collection (Boundary Problems) won the Alberta Book of the Year Award for trade fiction and was a finalist for the City of Edmonton Robert Kroetsch Book Prize, the ReLit Award, and the William L. Crawford Fantasy Award. Currently, Greg lives in Edmonton, where he also teaches writing and literature at the University of Alberta.
Greg's primary expertise is prose fiction and creative non-fiction, with a particular interest in speculative fiction (including science fiction, fantasy, horror, and all forms of the fantastic). However, he is happy to give feedback on writing in any form or genre, or to consult on more broadly writing-related topics, such as grant applications, writing markets, finding and accessing local writing communities and resources, and so on. For more information about Greg and his writing, see his website at gregbechtel.ca.
Contact Greg at email@example.com
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