Welcome to the 2014 WiRs: Margaret McPherson & Jason Lee Norman!

A GIGANTIC welcome to the 2014 Writers in Residence, Margaret McPherson & Jason Lee Norman!!

Check out the deets on your WiRs! (courtesy of the Metro Library Federation) and remember to join us on DECEMBER 10, 2013 AT THE STANLEY MILNER LIBRARY AT 7:00 PM TO WELCOME THEM IN!

Photograph by: Greg Southam , Edmonton Journal

Photograph by: Greg Southam , Edmonton Journal

Jason Lee Norman will be stationed at the Edmonton Public Library for the full year. He has an MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Manchester, and is the driving force, as editor and publisher, behind 40 Below, an anthology of 70 pieces by 50 Edmonton and area writers, just released by Wufniks Press.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be joining the Edmonton Public Library as Writer in Residence for 2014,” said Norman. “All of my endeavours as a writer in this city have been to celebrate great writing and foster a stronger sense of community in our arts scene. I aim to continue that focus in 2014 and help people become the very best writers they can be.”

maggie2011x200As the regional Writer in Residence, Margaret Macpherson will split her time between Strathcona County, Fort Saskatchewan and St. Albert, with multiple-month stints in each community. Macpherson has an MFA from the University of British Columbia, and extensive experience as a lecturer and community facilitator. She also has a passion for libraries and is a strong advocate for lifelong learning and the arts.

“I love the idea of connecting people in the literary world with each other,” said Macpherson. “Creating writing prompts, putting people in touch with the right press, the best publisher, the most supportive group for their particular genre is all about creating community among and between fellow writers. It’s thrilling to have that opportunity.”

While in residence, each writer will devote roughly half their time to mentoring other writers and the other half to working on personal writing projects. Local writers can take advantage of numerous programs and workshops, but also the unique opportunity to work one-on-one with the writers. Over his term, Norman plans to work on a novel featuring the bridges of Edmonton, while Macpherson wants to pursue a work of creative non-fiction titled Not the Caribou Queen, based on her childhood experiences growing up in Canada’s North.

“We’re so pleased to be continuing this program with the other area libraries, working together to enhance programs and events,” said Linda Cook, EPL Chief Executive Officer. “Both authors selected are excellent choices. We have been fortunate to have many great writers take up residence at EPL, and Jason Lee Norman will certainly add to that list.”


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