Welcome to the 2016 Writers in Residence: Marty Chan and Wayne Arthurson!

We are just in the process of adding the details about another exciting year of Regional WIR programming and consultations. Please check back to this site for that information within the next 2 weeks.

In the meantime, please check out this news release from the Edmonton Public Library: Libraries Set to Welcome 2016 Writers in Residence.

The three regional libraries will welcome Marty Chan as our WIR this year, and he has already provided some FAQs about his services.

Marty Chan’s FAQs

Q: I’ve always wanted to write, but I’ve been too busy with work and life. What advice can you give someone who wants to start writing?

A:  If the story you want to share with the world is important, make time to write it before you do anything else. Get up 20 minutes early and sit down at your computer, typewriter or notepad and write for at least 15 minutes. Then you can get on with your day. If you do this often enough, writing will become a part of your routine. Increase the time you write by 5-minute intervals and before you know it, you’ll be well on your way to the first draft of a novel, short story, stage play, poetry collection, screenplay, etc. Remember, it’s never too late to start.

Q: Will you give me feedback on my writing?

A: Yes, that’s my job as the Metro writer in residence. Please limit your submissions to 5 pages (12 point font, single-sided and double-spaced).

Q: How do I submit my writing sample?

A: Please contact me first. The best way to reach me is through email at regionalwir@gmail.com or metrowir.com. You can also leave a voicemail at (780) 240-1194. The easiest way to send me material is via email.

Q: What are your office hours? Can I drop in?

A: My hours will vary from month to month. I’ll post them on my door or post them on this webpage. Your best bet of getting a meeting is to email or call ahead.

Q: What kind of writing can I send you?

A: I’m happy to read anything you’re willing to submit. It doesn’t matter if you’re six, sixteen or sixty, you can send me your work. I’m open to reading any genre, but keep in mind that I’ll probably give the most constructive feedback in my areas of expertise: theatre, radio, television and kids fiction. If you want to get a sense of what I write, please visit my website (martychan.com) or check out one of my books from the library.

Q: When you give feedback on my writing, will you make me cry?

A: Only if you want me to. No, I won’t. I’ll be gentle with notes.

Q: I have a great idea, but I don’t know how to write it. Will you write it for me?

A: And cheat you out of the joy of writing? No. I couldn’t do that to you. The only person qualified to write your story is you. I would be a poor substitute and I wouldn’t do your story justice. Plus, I have my own projects to work on and I need the time to convince Susin Nielsen to write them for me.

Q:  Can I meet with you about anything other than my writing sample?

A: Yes, I’m a fan of zombie movies and barbecue rib recipes. If you want to talk about the business of writing, we can talk about whatever is on your mind.

Q: Can you find me an agent or publisher?

A: No, but I can point you to some resources to help you research agents and publishers.

Q: Do you know the secret of how to get published or produced?

A: Yes. I also know the meaning of life, the secret location of Bigfoot, and the real reason planes and ships go missing in the Bermuda triangle. On a serious note, there is no one right path to success. The joy is in the journey, even in the missteps. If I had one secret to divulge, it would be that all successful writers share one trait: a passion to write even in the face of rejection.

RWIR Call for Applications, 2016

Regional Writer In Residence Call 2016 – pdf, revised Aug 10

We are accepting applications from Edmonton and area writers for two positions as Writers in Residence for the period of January 4 to December 30, 2016.

Goals of the Residency:

  • To provide space, time and resources for writers to work on their own writing projects
  • To provide encouragement and critical support of both established and emerging writers through individual consultations, community/school outreach and group workshops and seminars
  • To raise the profile of the Regional Writer in Residence program


Welcome to our new writers!

We are so pleased to have Liz Withey (EPL) and Gail Sidonie Sobat (Strathcona County, Fort Saskatchewan, St. Albert) joining us as the writers-in-residence this year. Please stay tuned for upcoming events and other chances to connect with our new writers.

Also, please note that neither Liz nor Gail is in the office yet, and they won’t be until early January — so please hold off on any requests until they get settled!

The RWIR admin team

January 11 Open House Invitation

We are still getting our new writers set up to post to this site, as well as adding upcoming events for 2014. In the meantime, please join us at the following event!

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Writer in Residence Open House
Sat Jan 11, 1-3pm
Strathcona County Library, Fireside lounge (on the second floor)

Drop in for a coffee and chat with our new Writer in Residence Margaret Macpherson!

Margaret Macpherson will be joining us from January through April, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience. Margaret will be offering workshops and meeting one-on-one with writers of all skill levels to hone their craft and have some fun too!