Kingston-Frontenac PL Writer in Residence Call

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 2:58 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

Applications are now being accepted for a Writer in Residence at Kingston Frontenac Public Library from January through June 2014. This is a six-month contract where the Writer in Residence spends 40 percent of his or her time on library projects and 60 percent on his or her own writing. The Writer in Residence will work with emerging writers in the community in workshops, one-to-one consultations, and other programs in Kingston and Frontenac County. For example, the selected applicant will conduct writing workshops with various groups from the community, including teens and existing writing circles, public readings, evaluation of manuscripts, online promotion of the program. 

Kingston, with its unique heritage and personality, is the major population centre of eastern Ontario. Located on Lake Ontario, it is a two-hour drive from Ottawa and a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Toronto and Montreal. It is home to Queen's University, St. Lawrence College and the Royal Military College. Culture and the arts abound, along with great shopping, dining and outdoor recreational experiences. 

Eligibility: • Canadian citizenship or permanent residency in Canada • A minimum of one professionally published title in any of the following genres: fiction, short stories, poetry, drama, children’s literature or literary non-fiction that lends itself to a public reading • Experience working with emerging writers of various ages on their manuscripts • Experience giving readings and workshops 

The successful applicant must be working on or planning to work on a new project intended for book-length publication. Please note: this opportunity is not open to employees &/or volunteers of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library.

Application Process: Please submit a curriculum vitae or résumé with a publications list, three references, and a proposal of workshops or programs you might offer. Please include a sample of recent work (20-30 pp) and a description of a writing project to be worked on during the residency. 

Contract Terms: Terms of employment are based on Canada Council guidelines. The remuneration for the six-month contract is $24,000 (based on 35 hours a week). The Writer in Residence will be responsible for his or her own accommodation and travel costs to Kingston. Office space will be provided at the Central branch of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library. The work may include some travel to other branches in Kingston and Frontenac County. This contract is subject to Canada Council funding. Grant outcome will be known in the summer 2013. 

Deadline for application: December 7, 2012 

Apply to: Writer in Residence Selection Committee c/o Mary Glenn Kingston Frontenac Public Library 130 Johnson Street Kingston, ON K7L 1X8 Or mglenn at kfpl dot ca