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Virtual Writer-in-Residence

Advice on Your Writing From an Experienced Author

The Virtual Writer-in-Residence (VWiR) program provides opportunities for Saskatchewan writers at all levels of development and genres to receive guidance and advice on a specific writing project from an established Saskatchewan writer. The program gives SWG members who live outside of Regina and Saskatoon access to the services of a VWiR. The VWiR will meet one-on-one with SWG members through a one-hour video call to talk about the individual’s submitted writing project and questions they have about writing. 

Members may submit proposals, manuscripts or writing samples up to 15 pages in any genre for consultation. Work must be submitted by email in Word format at least one week in advance of any meeting with the VWiR. The VWiR will read your manuscript and be prepared to discuss your work and answer your questions during your consultation.

Members can access this free service a maximum of one session per month, up to three sessions per residency period.

Who can access this service?

You are eligible for this program if you are:

  • a current SWG member; and
  • living outside of Regina or Saskatoon.

This service is open to all members of the SWG in good standing who do not have access to any other Writer-in-Residence programs. Writers of any genre and level of ability are welcome to access the VWiR. Members who live in Regina or Saskatoon should refer to the Writer-in-Residence programs at their regional library for similar services. 

The VWiR will work with a maximum of 12 writers per month, on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you have any questions regarding your eligibility for this VWiR service, please email

How to access this service?

  • Arrange an online consultation with Virtual Writer-in-Residence by emailing In your email, please include:
    • a declaration that you are a current SWG member and where you live; 
    • preferred times or dates to meet; and
    • a brief summary (two - three sentences) of what you would like to discuss with the VWiR.
  • The VWiR will respond to your email and arrange a one-hour meeting. Please submit your manuscript/work (a maximum of 15 pages) by email in Word format to the VWiR at least one week before your meeting. 
  • You will receive an emailed invitation link from the VWiR for your Zoom meeting. Click on the link to join the call. 
  • This service uses Zoom. For more information how to use this platform, please see

A note about rural internet services:

If you live in an area of Saskatchewan with poor internet service or quality, please discuss other meeting options, like a phone call, when you make your appointment with the VWiR. 

Fall 2020 Virtual Writer-in-Residence, Neil Aitken (Sept 1 - Nov 30, 2020)

"I'm excited to spend time with you over the next few months. Wherever you are on your writing journey, I look forward to hearing from you about the things you're working on, answering your questions about writing craft or literary publishing, or just talking about writing and your own writing goals. Whether you write poetry, fiction, essay, or memoir, you are welcome in this space. I hope to learn and be inspired as well. My father, a professional librarian and family historian, used to say "Everyone has a story and something you can learn from them, you just have to ask the right questions." I believe that as well. Good questions are what drive us as writers. Let's explore the world of writing together, one question at a time." - Neil Aitken

Neil Aitken is the author of two books of poetry, Babbage’s Dream (Sundress 2017) and The Lost Country of Sight (Anhinga 2008), winner of the Philip Levine Prize. His poems have appeared in The Adroit JournalAmerican Literary ReviewCrab Orchard Review and many other journals and anthologies. Born in Vancouver, BC, he spent part of his childhood in North Battleford, before moving to Regina for high school. After completing an MFA and Ph.D. in the US, he returned to Regina and now works as a creative writing coach and manuscript consultant. He is currently at work on his first opera libretto, a commissioned piece for Los Angeles Opera. (

Winter 2021 Virtual Writer-in-Residence, Alice Kuipers (Feb 1 - Apr 30, 2021)

Working as the Virtual Writer in Residence gives me a unique opportunity to connect with writers all over Saskatchewan. I'm honoured to read and reflect on your stories, poems, essays, novels or any other writer you're doing---or even to talk about ideas you want to shape but you're not sure how to yet. I hope to be able to share with you some of what I've learned in my career as a writer. We'll work to save you time and energy by helping you focus your skills on the page, making your manuscript or idea the best it can be. I want to give you guidance to help you onto the next stage of your writing journey, wherever you're at. Thank you for trusting me with your work--I look forward to our virtual times together. - Alice Kuipers

Alice Kuipers is the award-winning, internationally bestselling author of the chapter book series Polly Diamond and the Magic Book, a Parents’ Magazine Best Book for 2018 and a Junior Library Guild selection praised for "bringing the magic of imagination to life" (Booklist). Among her other published books are five novels for young adults, two Hi-Lo books for middle-grade readers, and two picture books featuring twins Violet and Victor. In all, her work has been published in 36 countries. She has also published essays and short stories for adults, and had several short stories made for CBC radio here in Saskatchewan.
Alice regularly shares her love of reading on CTV Saskatoon, in her segment Ali’s Book Club. A mother of four, she has taught writing to thousands of people, in person and in online workshops. She is the co-chair of the Saskatoon Public School Foundation’s campaign to raise $20 million dollars to ensure every kid is reading at a Grade 3 level when they leave Grade 3. For more information about Alice, please visit

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