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Writer in Residence

Honours Bachelor of Creative Writing & Publishing Writer-in-Residence Program




Sheridan College’s Honours Bachelor of Creative Writing & Publishing Writer-in-Residence Program is an 8-month residency awarded annually to a writer who embodies the distinctiveness and dynamism of the & in our program name. This program launched in the 2019-2020 academic year; our inaugural and current Writer-in-Residence is poet Liz Howard.


In addition to working on at least one specific writing project of their own during their tenure, the Writer-in-Residence is responsible for creative leadership, mentoring, and public outreach in the area of creative writing and/or publishing. They serve as a non-teaching colleague to faculty in the Honours Bachelor of Creative Writing & Publishing, a mentor to Sheridan students in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and as a bridge connecting the institution to the creative industries and broader public it serves.


We are currently seeking a Writer-in-Residence for the 2020-2021 academic year.


The incumbent should be committed to working in a team environment that supports distinctive programming, and will be expected to participate in program- and institution-specific programming for a total of approximately 24 hrs/week. Specific duties will include:

  • Pursuing an original personal writing project in any developmental stage (outlining, writing, re-writing, editing, etc.) 
  • Meeting with students and members of the public in 6-8 weekly, open office hours
  • Curating and organizing 2 public lectures by outside creatives in the area of creative writing, practice, or publishing
  • Performing 4 public readings from their recently published and/or current work-in-progress
  • Visiting specific classes (6-10 total) to share expertise and experience as a creative professional and working writer

Scheduling of weekly timetable, events, class visits etc. to be established in coordination with Associate Dean, Program Coordinator, and relevant faculty members; the Writer-in-Residence should expect to be on campus 8-10 hours/week; this position comes with dedicated office space and a budget for event planning.


NUMBERS: The total compensation for the duration of the contract is $56,000, including fringe benefits, less any applicable taxes.


WHEN: The contract and its associated obligations will begin around August 31, 2020 and end around April 23, 2021.


WHERE: Most obligations will be fulfilled at Sheridan’s Hazel McCallion Campus (Mississauga), though the Writer-in-Residence may be scheduled for events at the Trafalgar (Oakville) or Davis (Brampton) campuses.


WHO: In addition to a strong record of published writing (incl. at least 2 professionally published and reviewed works) and creative public engagement, the successful candidate will have experience writing, editing, presenting, and discussing work in different genres and modes, and direct experience working with diverse writers and writing in a mentorship capacity. They will have strong communication, interpersonal, and time management skills, as well as some experience curating and organizing cultural events (readings, speakers series, etc.).


HOW: Please submit an up-to-date curriculum vitae and a cover letter detailing your suitability for the position to by March 20th, 2020.