Applications Open for 2019-2020 Writers in Residence

We are seeking applications for our 2019-2020 Writers in Residence.

The Writers-in-Residence program provides support to Alberta writers of all experience levels and is available to the public. Some of the ways our WiRs support writers include manuscript editing help, mentorship, and advice.

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to Danielle at by June 15, 2019.

CAA-AB Branch Writer-in-Residence Responsibilities

Throughout the term of this contract, and in addition to making themselves available to writers at all stages of their career by meeting with them one-on-one or in groups (in person, by email, via telephone, or with Skype), the CAA-AB Branch WiR will:

  • prepare a contract plan proposing allocation of hours over the term of the position

  • receive submissions via email

  • read and evaluate submissions from CAA members and the public (giving meeting priority to CAA members)

  • set up and manage an appointment schedule with writers

  • choose a venue to meet with writers who want to discuss their writing in person

  • decide if they will keep “office” hours for drop-in consultations and when and where they will take place

  • co-facilitate a monthly, hour-long writers’ circle as directed in Schedule B Writers’ Circle Schedule

  • gather data for CAA membership growth and statistical purposes as directed

  • report monthly to the CAA Alberta Branch Board via appointed Liaison

  • assist the Board with and appear at public speaking /special events as directed

  • assist the Board with other initiatives/promotions as directed

  • collaborate with the Program Committee and the Membership Committee to initiate, promote and facilitate community-building writing events as directed

  • use social media to promote CAA-AB member benefits, activities and events

  • use networks and contacts to promote CAA-AB Branch in Alberta

  • secure three out-of-province adjudicators for the annual Canadian Authors – Alberta Branch Exporting Alberta award competition offering a $200 honourarium per judge

  • co-coordinate annual Canadian Authors – Alberta Branch Exporting Alberta Gala in cooperation with Branch Operations Manager / Board-appointed designate

  • Emcee Canadian Authors – Alberta Branch Exporting Alberta Gala

  • submit a final report for the AGM before May 30

This is strictly a service residency and does not include paid time for the CAA-AB Branch WiR to work on their own projects.

CAA-AB Branch Writer-in-Residence Qualifications & Remuneration

Albertans with a wide range of publication credits in two or more genres, a sound knowledge of the craft and art of writing, experience in dealing with editors and/or publishers and a desire to mentor other writers are invited to apply. Former WiRs are not excluded from holding this position but due to AGLC funding regulations, the WiR can NOT be a member of the Canadian Authors Association (current members can suspend their membership if they are selected as the successful applicant).

The CAA-AB Branch will pay the CAA-AB Branch WiR up to a maximum of 300 hours during the term of this agreement as set forth in part 4 below for a total amount of $10,500.00;

Reimbursement for the CAA-AB Branch WiR’s reasonable office expenses, such as postage, printer toner/ink, paper and envelopes, long distance charges will not exceed $200.  Travel mileage will be paid at the rate of $0.37 per kilometre from Edmonton to surrounding areas, up to a maximum of $300.00 for the term of this agreement. Should the CAA-AB Branch WiR wish to incur other expenses in this role, they must seek prior approval of each such expense from the Board through the CAA-AB Branch WiR Liaison.



Danielle Fuechtmann