Writer in Residence

Position: Writer in Residence

Organization Overview:

Airdrie Public Library (APL) fosters literacy, knowledge, and cultural connections. We seek to inspire lifelong learning, imagination and creativity through our inclusive programs, services, and collections. We strive to be a welcoming landmark destination that engages the mind, strengthens community and enhances quality of life while capturing and promoting local culture and heritage, while providing a barrier-free community gathering place for all. APL serves an immediate community of 85,000 with more than 28,000 cardholders of every age and gender, and socioeconomic status.

Position Summary:

The Airdrie Public Library is accepting submissions of interest for this year’s APL Writer in Residence. The position entails a four-week engagement in November 2024, working with the public and supporting emerging and established writers in any genre or form of writing. A forty-hour commitment is expected of the successful applicant. The Writer in Residence will receive a $3,000 honorarium. 

The Writer in Residence will provide one-on-one consultations and will offer manuscript readings, blue pencil critiques, and publishing process advice. In addition, they will deliver four public speaking events including one reading of their work.

We are anticipating this program will be offered in person at the library, but the successful candidate may be required to work remotely, with some or all activities being offered online.

Applicants must:

  • Have a solid publication history and an established reputation as a professional writer
  • Be experienced in teaching and leading writing workshops
  • Be able to critique a variety of writing styles and genres
  • Be able to handle public speaking, working with groups, and working one-on-one
  • Be available to undertake the engagement in November 2024

Please provide the following information when applying:

  • Cover letter
  • Current resume or CV
  • Author’s bio
  • Four ideas for potential workshop topics and/or talks

APL supports and endorses the Canadian Federation of Library Associations’ commitment to

the universal principles of intellectual freedom as defined in the Universal Declaration of

Human Rights, which include the freedoms to hold opinions and to seek, receive and impart

information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

APL believes equity, diversity, and inclusion strengthen the community and enhance

excellence, innovation, and creativity, as outlined in the CFLA’s Position Statement on Diversity and Inclusion. We are dedicated to recruiting individuals who will enrich our work and sense of community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.


To apply:

Email completed applications to: human.resources@airdriepubliclibrary.ca

Deadline for applications: June 14th, 2024, at 5:00 p.m.

Only applicants selected for interview will be contacted.

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