Writer In Residence

Spreading the Word outreach programs extend the Writers Festival experience into classrooms that for geographic or economic reasons are unable to attend the Festival. The Writer in Residence Program connects authors with schools and communities throughout British Columbia.

“The intended results were to open the door to poetry for our students and it was flung open. Chris Gilpin exposed students to literacy, demonstrated that their voices can be used in creative ways and gave them the confidence to perform. The intimate readings and conversations that Chris facilitated opened the doors to collaboration and, for me, revealed the value of writer’s circle discussions.”

Chad Wardman
Teacher, George Elliot Secondary School
Winfield, BC


The Writer in Residence program offers a one week experience for students to work intensively with an author, and for the author to give readings at local schools and community centers. Secondary school students will take part in intensive workshops, while local elementary schools and community centers will be treated to readings, lectures and discussions. This program directly targets communities where there is a need for educational resources, and whenever possible, we aim to involve Aboriginal students.

“Glenn Dixon's library presentations were very well received by students and teachers, and provided a great introduction into his book, Tripping the World Fantastic.  I had the expectation of exposing students to a first-hand account of hearing an author talk about writing a book and seeing the cultural influences on the development of both language and music… and these expectations were met!”

Colette Grasdall
Teacher-Librarian, Mt. Baker Senior Secondary School
Cranbrook, BC


The Writer in Residence program is generously supported by Pacific Coastal Airlines and the Michael R. Shaw Foundation.

Click here to read about our lastest Writer in Residence.