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.

April Fools

april foolsApril Fools


so it is spring

so it is snowing

bewildered we turn up our collars

gaze at the skies to question

why and wherefore and whatnot

falling on deaf ears

so we scrape and swear

so we gripe and grimace

grit our teeth against harsh wild winds

blowing across fields

cheekily into the city

where we think we’re immune to

the elemental truths

of life on a prairie

in the snow

in the spring


© 2015 Gail Sidonie Sobat


A Dozen Songs About Fools (with YouTube links – this was such fun!)

1. “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” – Frankie Lyman and the Teenagers

2. “Fools Rush In” – Peggy Lee (and so many others)

3. “Fool on the Hill” – The Beatles and a great version by Sergio Mendes and Brazill 66

4.”Fool If You Think It’s Over” – Chris Rea

5. “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” – Elvin Bishop

6. “Everybody Plays the Fool” – The Main Ingredient

7. “Chain of Fools” – Aretha Franklin

8. “Poor Little Fool” – Ricky Nelson

9. “Fools in Love” – Joe Jackson

10. “What a Fool Believes” – Doobie Brothers

11. “Ordinary Fool” – Paul Williams

12. “Foolish” – Ashanti

12. “Foolish Games” – Jewel   (oops that’s 13 – April Fools!)


Gail will be out of the office from April 2 – 7, 2015.  Have a lovely Easter weekend!


Writing Quote: “Writing is communication, not self-expression; nobody in this world wants to read your diary, except your mother.” – Richard Peck, novelist (b. 1934)

Writing Tip:  “As for ‘Write what you know,’ I was regularly told this as a beginner. I think it’s a very good rule and have always obeyed it. I write about imaginary countries, alien societies on other planets, dragons, wizards, the Napa Valley in 22002. I know these things. I know them better than anybody else possibly could, so it’s my duty to testify about them. I got my knowledge of them, as I got whatever knowledge I have of the hearts and minds of human beings, through imagination working on observation. Like any other novelist. All this rule needs is a good definition of ‘know.'” – Ursula K. Le Guin, novelist (b. 1929)

Writing Prompt:  And so the day began, with a whisper of spring and a faint promise of summer…

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