Writers in Residence
We are thrilled to announce that Greg Bechtel and Tim Bowling have agreed to extend their contracts and be our Writers in Residence again this year!
You can book your Writer-in-Residence consultation (free to all Albertans from now until the end of May 2018) by emailing Greg Bechtel at email@example.com or Tim Bowling at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line -AB WiR Consultation. For a more detailed description of what you can expect upon setting up an appointment, you can take a look at Greg's more extensive blog post here.
In the body of your email, please include a brief note mentioning (1) the type of writing you do; (2) the type of feedback you are seeking, including any specific questions; and (3) anything else you would like them to know about yourself or your writing. You can also attach manuscript materials as per the guidelines below, ideally as a Microsoft Word compatible file (including .doc, .docx, or .rtf files), butor other text-format files are also fine, so long as they can be read by either MS Word or Adobe Reader.
Manuscripts and consultations will be addressed on a first-come first-serve basis. You can expect a brief response to your initial email within 2 business days, including more details towards setting a specific meeting time, location, and/or medium. Consultations will be held in person (in Edmonton, typically at a cafe in the Old Strathcona or University of Alberta areas, although other locations may also be possible) or via skype, email, or phone.
The length guidelines for manuscript submissions are as follows:
* Please note that while you are welcome to book as many consultations as you like (up until the end of May 2018), you can only book one appointment at a time. Once you have completed a consultation, you are absolutely free to book another one as soon as you like. This is simply to ensure that as many people as possible have a chance to receive consultations on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Writer in Residence Bios
Tim Bowling is a poet, novelist, and writer of creative non fiction, short stories, and essays whose twenty published books have received many honours, including five Alberta Book Awards, two Writers Trust of Canada Award nominations, two Canadian Authors Association Awards, two Governor General's Award nominations, a City of Edmonton Book Prize, and a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
A native of the west coast, where he grew up in a commercial salmon fishing family, Bowling has lived in Edmonton (where his great-grandparents settled in 1905) for over twenty years. His latest collection of poems, The Duende of Tetherball, appeared in 2016, and his fifth novel, The Heavy Bear, was published in the spring of 2017.
Contact Tim at email@example.com
Greg Bechtel’s fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. His genre-bending first story collection (Boundary Problems) won the Alberta Book of the Year Award for trade fiction and was a finalist for the City of Edmonton Robert Kroetsch Book Prize, the ReLit Award, and the William L. Crawford Fantasy Award. Currently, Greg lives in Edmonton, where he also teaches writing and literature at the University of Alberta.
Greg's primary expertise is prose fiction and creative non-fiction, with a particular interest in speculative fiction (including science fiction, fantasy, horror, and all forms of the fantastic). However, he is happy to give feedback on writing in any form or genre, or to consult on more broadly writing-related topics, such as grant applications, writing markets, finding and accessing local writing communities and resources, and so on. For more information about Greg and his writing, see his website at gregbechtel.ca.
Contact Greg at firstname.lastname@example.org
Now accepting applications for 2018 WiRs!
Throughout the term of this contract, and in addition to making themselves available to writers at all stages of their career by meeting with them one-on-one or in groups (in person, by email, via telephone, or with Skype), the CAA-AB Branch WiR will:
· prepare a contract plan proposing allocation of hours over the term of the position
· receive submissions via email
· read and evaluate submissions from CAA members and the public (giving meeting priority to CAA members)
· set up and manage an appointment schedule with writers
· choose a venue to meet with writers who want to discuss their writing in person
· decide if they will keep “office” hours for drop-in consultations and when and where they will take place
· co-facilitate a monthly, hour-long writers’ circle as directed in Schedule B Writers’ Circle Schedule
· gather data for CAA membership growth and statistical purposes as directed
· report monthly to the CAA Alberta Branch Board via appointed Liaison
· assist the Board with and appear at public speaking /special events as directed
· assist the Board with other initiatives/promotions as directed
· collaborate with the Program Committee and the Membership Committee to initiate, promote and facilitate community-building writing events as directed
· use social media to promote CAA-AB member benefits, activities and events
· use networks and contacts to promote CAA-AB Branch in Alberta
· secure three out-of-province adjudicators for the annual Canadian Authors – Alberta Branch Exporting Alberta award competition offering a $200 honourarium per judge
· co-coordinate annual Canadian Authors – Alberta Branch Exporting Alberta Gala in cooperation with Branch Operations Manager / Board-appointed designate
· Emcee Canadian Authors – Alberta Branch Exporting Alberta Gala
· submit a final report for the AGM before May 30
This is strictly a service residency and does not include paid time for the CAA-AB Branch WiR to work on their own projects.
CAA-AB Branch Writer-in-Residence Qualifications & Remuneration
Albertans with a wide range of publication credits in two or more genres, a sound knowledge of the craft and art of writing, experience in dealing with editors and/or publishers and a desire to mentor other writers are invited to apply. Former WiRs are not excluded from holding this position but due to funding regulations, the WiR can NOT be a member of the Canadian Authors Association (current members can suspend their membership if they are selected as the successful applicant).
The CAA-AB Branch will pay the CAA-AB Branch WiR up to a maximum of 300 hours during the term of this agreement as set forth in part 4 below for a total amount of $10,500.00;
Reimbursement for the CAA-AB Branch WiR’s reasonable office expenses, such as postage, printer toner/ink, paper and envelopes, long distance charges will not exceed $200. Travel mileage will be paid at the rate of $0.37 per kilometre from Edmonton to surrounding areas, up to a maximum of $300 for the term of this agreement. Should the CAA-AB Branch WiR wish to incur other expenses in this role, they must seek prior approval of each such expense from the Board through the CAA-AB Branch WiR Liaison.
To apply, email your cover letter and resume to Danielle at email@example.com.