Writer-in-Residence: The First 85 Days.

Today is my 85th day as the Writer-in-Residence at the Edmonton Public Library. Although the EPL has been rather cake-happy as of late, I have not as of yet been presented with a large sheet cake in the shape of the number 85. Perhaps they’re waiting for a more even number, but I digress.

In those 85 days I have met with nearly 50 writers, ran a storytelling workshop at the Telus World of Science for a couple hundred (mostly) enthusiastic elementary school kids, talked about blogging in Sherwood Park, read poetry at City Hall for Freedom to Read week, and read a story on CTV Morning Live that I just wrote five minutes before about how Jesse Beyer likes styling his hair and that Kimberly Wynn may be a perky and energetic charm-bot that runs on electricity and smiles.

I did all these things as well as answer an immeasurable amount of emails that I said I always wanted to get but the amount that I got definitely made me ask some tough questions of myself, but I digress.

Many experts say that a Writer-in-Residence’s success is made or broken based upon his/her first 85 days. Other experts say that there is no such thing as a Writer-in-Residence expert. I personally think that it has been a pretty great 85 days but the time has come to look to the future: the next 85 days.

I am planning various workshops and talks for the next few months based on what I think I’m good at talking about, and also what I think you writers out there are interested in learning about. That being said, now is the perfect time to get in touch with me about workshops, talks, seminars, guests for Writers’ Corner that you would be interested in seeing or attending. My email address is JNorman@epl.ca – I’ve finally caught up on all my unanswered emails so now is a great time to get in touch with me for ideas of things you’d like to see in the coming months.

Speaking of events, here are some literature related events coming up in Edmonton in the next little while. You should go to these if you are interested in local writers and the Edmonton writing community.

Green Drinks #Yeg: Green Drinks Edmonton is is a simple, unstructured event that brings together environmentally-minded Edmontonians in a relaxed, agenda-free evening of networking and great conversation. The April 2nd event is all about Edmonton literature. You can buy tickets here.

Glass Buffalo Winter Issue Launch: Glass Buffalo just won the 2014 Best New Magazine award at the Alberta Magazine Awards. Join them as they celebrate their newest issue on April 3rd. More info here.

That’s all for now. Please keep visiting me in the Writer-in-Residence office, sending me your writing, and attending EPL events. Thanks for a great first 85 days.