Writers in Residence

The Writers-in-Residence program provides support to Alberta writers of all experience levels and is available to the public. Whether you're in search of manuscript editing help or mentorship and advice, our WiRs are here to support you in your literary endeavours. 

Submission Guidelines

You can book your Writer-in-Residence consultation (free to all Albertans from September 2018 until the end of May 2019) by emailing Simon Rose at simonrose@canauthorsalberta.ca or Katherine Koller at katherinekoller@ canauthorsalberta.ca with the subject line CAA-AB WiR Consultation

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), but PDF or 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 with Katherine or Calgary with Simon, typically at a cafe or library, although other locations may also be possible) or via skype, email, or phone.

The length guidelines for manuscript submissions are as follows:

  • prose fiction or creative nonfiction submissions: maximum 15 pages, double-spaced, Times New Roman (or similar), 12-point font

  • poetry submissions: maximum 5 pages, single-spaced, standard manuscript format

  • submissions of material in other genres/forms/formats: maximum of approximately 4500 words

* Please note that while you are welcome to book as many consultations as you like (up until the end of May 2019), 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

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Simon Rose

Simon Rose is a Calgary author of fifteen novels, eight guides for writers, and more than 100 nonfiction books for children and young adults. 

Simon is an instructor for adults with the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, and Chinook Learning Services and offers online workshops and courses for both children and adults. Simon also provides services for writers, including editing, coaching, manuscript evaluation, and ghostwriting. He offers programs for schools, covering the writing process, editing and revision, where ideas come from, character development, historical fiction, story structure, and the publishing world. 

Learn more about Simon Rose. 

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Katherine Koller

Katherine Koller lives in Edmonton and writes for page, screen, stage and radio. Besides reading any kind of writing and providing questions for further development, she will also answer questions about writing resources and the business of writing.

Her novel Art Lessons was a finalist for the Robert Kroetsch Edmonton Book Prize and for the Alberta Readers’ Choice Award in 2017. A collection of Katherine’s short stories, Winning Chance, will be published in Spring 2019 by Great Plains. Her short fiction has appeared in Alberta Views, Grain, Room, Epiphany and The Prairie Journal.

Sustainable Me, her six-part documentary about Edmonton youth, is online at sustainablemeyeg.ca and a second season pilot, on water, will be launched this fall.

Last Chance Leduc, which won the Alberta Playwriting Competition, was recently produced at the Backstage Theatre in Edmonton. A collection of her plays is titled Voices of the Land: The Seed Savers and Other Plays.  Her opera libretto, The Handless Maiden, will receive a staged recital reading in Vancouver in March. Besides opera, Katherine has also written libretti for ballet and dance projects. She is co-producer of Script Salon, a monthly play reading series now in its fifth year.

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