The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS) Writer-in-Residence program is aimed at supplementing existing Creative Writing courses by providing students with access to a working, professional writer for feedback and support. Additionally, the program is dedicated to engaging the broader community by developing partnerships with North York libraries, schools and community organizations to connect our Writer-in-Residence with off-campus populations.
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How the Program Works
York University's Department of English hosts a Writer-in-Residence for each of the Fall and Winter terms.
Writers-in-Residence are esteemed authors of poetry, fiction and nonfiction who spend their time equally between service to the York community and working on their own book-length creative projects.
Four meetings per week are available by appointment through Calendly. Submissions of a maximum of three poems or twelve pages of prose are due at least ten days prior to each meeting.
Writers-in-Residence are available for manuscript consultations, which might include editorial feedback and suggestions toward publication with students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the broader York community.
They will also host four public-facing events per term, such as readings, workshops, craft talks, panel discussions, seminars, classroom visits, field trips, among other activities that share their expertise and knowledge as a working writer in Canada.
Meet our Winter 2024 Writer-In-Residence: Emma Healey
Emma Healey is a writer from Toronto. Her most recent book, Best Young Woman Job Book: A Memoir, was published by Random House Canada in 2022. It was named a best book of the year by the Globe and Mail and Wired Magazine as well as CBC Radio's Q. It was also shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award, and longlisted for the Leacock Medal.
Her first collection of poetry, Begin with the End in Mind, was published by ARP Books in 2012. Her second, Stereoblind, was published by House of Anansi in 2018. Her essays and criticism have been featured in places like n+1, Vulture, the Globe and Mail (where she was resident poetry critic for a few years), the LA Review of Books, Canadian Art, the Toronto Star, the National Post, the FADER, Hazlitt, the Hairpin, Real Life, Toronto Life, the Walrus, and many, many more.