Events & Workshops

Event Type
Calls Of Interest

Start: July 12, 2022
Yolanda Hansen - Program Manager
Start: July 12, 2022

Call for applications for 2022-2023 Virtual Writers-in-Residence

The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild invites all those with the necessary qualifications to apply for the position of Virtual Writer-in-Residence (VWIR). The SWG will be hosting two different Virtual Writers-in-Residence in 2022-2023:


  • a fall term of September 1 to November 30, 2022
  • a winter term of February 1 to April 30, 2023


The Virtual Writer-in-Residence program provides rural and isolated SWG members access to the services of a Writer-in-Residence. The position will require 12 hours a month of online one-to-one consultations with SWG members writing in all genres, totalling 36 sessions for the contract period. Preparation time for each session will include pre-reading, evaluation, and contemplation of the member’s submitted written work (up to 15 pages) and accompanying questions (approximately 1.5 hours per 1-hour session).


The Virtual Writer-in-Residence will also hold a 1-hour talk on an element of writing of interest to emerging writers during the first month of their residency. This professional development talk will be hosted online by the SWG. 


The VWIR provides the Guild with a monthly report including the names of the members accessing the service and a final report with an evaluation of the program’s effectiveness. The requirements of this position are online consultations through Zoom and one online talk: readings, workshops, special events or teaching are not expected. The Virtual Writer-in-Residence is not expected to produce writing and will not be compensated for private writing time. Previous VWIRs should allow three years before re-applying for this position. 


Two different candidates will be chosen for the two different VWIR periods.


Remuneration is $5000 for the three-month term (plus GST if applicable). 


The successful candidate must have:

  • experience as a teacher, workshop leader, mentor, writer-in-residence, or editor
  • the ability to work with writers of all genres and at different levels of experience (i.e. beginners to more established writers)
  • extensive previous publications (including at least one book) and knowledge of the craft of writing in all genres
  • the ability to conduct meetings in Zoom and manage the VWIR email and Zoom account independently
  • the ability to commit 15-20 hours per month
  • Saskatchewan residency


Applications must include:

  • Cover letter outlining your ability to meet the position’s requirements, information about what you would like to speak about in your 1-hour professional development talk, and which VWIR term (Sept-Nov 2022 or Feb-Apr 2023) you prefer
  • Literary CV (max 5 pages), including a list of previous publications and projects, a summary of teaching, mentoring, and/or workshop experience
  • 2 letters of reference


Please submit your application by email to by midnight Tuesday, July 12, 2022.