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Call for WGA Virtual Writer-in-Residence

Deadline: November 12

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta invites all those qualified to apply for the position of Virtual Writer-in-Residence.

This program provides WGA members access to the services of a Virtual Writer-in-Residence, with priority given to those who cannot access one elsewhere. The position will begin in January and end in May, with an average of 30 hours per month, consisting of:

  • 12 one-hour virtual consultations with members writing in all genres;
  • preparation time of approximately 1.5 hours for each session, which will include pre-reading, evaluation, and contemplation of the member’s submitted written work, of up to 15 pages.

The Virtual Writer-in-Residence will provide the Writers’ Guild of Alberta with a monthly report including the names of the members who have accessed the service, and a final report with an overall evaluation of the program. Remuneration is $6,000.

The successful candidate must have:

  • experience teaching, mentoring, and editing. Previous writer-in-residence experience is preferred
  • the ability to work with writers of different capabilities from emerging to accomplished
  • extensive publication history
  • extensive knowledge of literary forms and genres
  • video meeting capability

Applications must include:

  • Email with subject line: “WGA Virtual Writer-in-Residence Application
  • Cover letter outlining ability to meet the position’s requirements 
  • Literary Resume (max 5 pages), including a list of previous publications and projects, a summary of teaching, mentoring, and/or editing experience
  • Two references with contact information

Please submit your application by email to [email protected] using subject line: “WGA Virtual Writer-in-Residence Application by November 12, 2021.

*Notes:

A separate manuscript evaluation service is available through the WGA: https://writersguild.ca/programs-services/manuscript-reading-service/

Instruction on the craft of writing is available through regular WGA programming as well as through the WGA webinar library: https://writersguild.ca/resources/webinars-and-online-workshops/

Additional Writers-in-Residence services are available through public libraries, universities, and other writers’ organizations. Check your local library and post-secondary institutions to see if there is one available. Here are the WGA WiR listings: https://writersguild.ca/resources/writer-in-residence/

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