The SWG is pleased to announce Lauren Carter as our Fall 2023 Virtual Writer-in-Residence for September 1 to November 30, 2023.


Lauren Carter (she/her) is the author of five books including two poetry collections, two novels, and her latest, the short story collection Places Like These which was a Globe and Mail recommended read. Her last novel, This Has Nothing To Do With You, won the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction at the Manitoba Book Awards, when she also earned the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writing. She lives on 1.4 acres within the homeland of the Metis Nation, on Treaty One territory, near Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she writes and offers teaching, editing, and mentorship services.


Hello! I’m so pleased to act as this fall’s virtual writer-in-residence. Once you hit send, I will make myself a cup of tea and settle in to read. When we meet, I’ll tell you what’s working to give you a (very important) sense of your strengths and suggest where I think you might want to dig deeper, create more naturalistic dialogue, sharpen images, cut unnecessary phrasing, or attend in other ways to your work. Rest assured that I’ll be gentle; my job here isn’t as a copyeditor but as a mentor and guide to help you deepen your relationship with your writing. I look forward to working with you!  


To learn more about Lauren and her writing, please watch her introductory video.


The Virtual Writer-in-Residence (VWiR) program provides opportunities for SWG members writing at all levels of development and in all genres to receive guidance and advice on a specific writing project from an established writer. Eligible members must live in Saskatchewan outside of Regina and Saskatoon – members in those cities can access their Public Library’s Writer-in-Residence programs. Members can submit up to 15 pages to the VWIR and meet one-on-one through Zoom up to three times to talk about the individual’s writing. 


This service will open on September 1, 2023. To register, please fill out the form here.