Writer in Residence

Katherine Lawrence


Katherine Lawrence is SPL’s 36th writer in residence. She is the author of three award-wining collections of poetry and a young adult novel in verse:  Stay (Coteau Books, 2017); Never Mind (Turnstone Books, 2016); Lying to Our Mothers (Coteau Books, 2006); Ring Finger, Left Hand (Coteau Books, 2001). Her many honours include the Brenda Macdonald Riches Award for best first book at the Saskatchewan Book Awards (SBA); the 2015 John V. Hicks Long Manuscript Award;  the 2014 City of Regina Writing Award; and the SBA  Book of The Year nomination for Never Mind.

During her residency, Katherine will be working on a stage play and a new collection of poetry. The residency is designed to allow writers to work 60 percent of the time on their own writing project and 40 percent of their time for the library.

Katherine holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Saskatchewan. She is also chair of the Access Copyright Foundation and sits on the national board of Access Copyright. 


Upcoming Events

 
At Frances Morrison Central Library
 
Writing Extraordinary Poems & Stories From An Ordinary Life
Select Saturdays / 10 am - 12 pm
Register online or phone 306.975.7570
 
Part I: Discover Your Own Subjects / Oct 7
Part II: Explore Details That Make Subjects Unique / Nov 4
Part III: Take Your Writing Further Than You Ever Imagined / Dec 2
 
Dialogue: No Idle Chatter (A NaNoWriMo workshop) / Oct 25
 

Media

Katherine Lawrence to be next library Writer in Residence (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)

Katherine Lawrence wins 2017 Moonbeam Award (University of Saskatchewan)

 

 

About the Program

The Writer in Residence acts as a mentor to writers in the community, reviewing manuscripts and providing criticism and advice about publishing. The Writer offers individual consultations, group workshops and programs, author readings and participates in other special events during their residency.

Working With the Writer in Residence - Three Easy Steps

Katherine is available to meet with women, men and teens who want feedback and advice about a writing project.

First, contact Katherine by phone or by email to arrange a meeting at her office in the main library:

306 975-7598 / [email protected]

Katherine will offer you a one hour appointment. Her office hours are:

Mondays & Tuesday / 1 to 6 pm
Wednesdays / 2:30 to 9 pm

Additional meeting times can be arranged.

Next, send Katherine a maximum of 10 typewritten pages (or 2,500 words, double spaced) at least five days prior to your meeting. You can email the work to her or you can deliver a hard copy to the library by leaving your work (in an envelope) at the front desk.

Finally, think of three questions you'd like addressed about your writing and bring these questions to the meeting.

Please note that meetings with the Writer in Residence are treated as confidential.

Interested in being our next Writer in Residence?

Watch for the job posting and how to apply on our Employment page. 

Application Timeline

Previous Writers in Residence

  • Anne Szumigalski, 1981 – 82 (deceased)

  • Patrick Lane, 1982 – 83

  • Guy Vanderhaeghe, 1983 – 84

  • Geoffrey Ursell, 1984 – 85

  • Joe Rosenblatt, 1985 – 86

  • Gertrude Story, 1986 – 87

  • Lois Simmie, 1987 – 88

  • Glen Sorestad, 1988 – 89

  • Samuel Selvon, 1989 – 90 (deceased)

  • Candace Savage, 1990 – 91

  • Sean Virgo, 1991 – 92

  • Armin Wiebe, 1992 – 93

  • Betsy Warland, 1993 – 94

  • Robert Minhinnick, 1994 – 95

  • Sandra Birdsell, 1995 – 96

  • Steven Ross Smith, 1996 – 97

  • Harry Rintoul, 1997 – 98 (deceased)

  • Elisabeth Harvor, 1998 – 99

  • John Livingstone Clark, 1999 – 2000

  • Edna Alford, 2000 – 2001

  • Dave Margoshes, 2001 – 2002

  • Myrna Kostash, 2002 – 2003

  • Yann Martel, 2003 – 2004

  • J. Jill Robinson, 2004 – 2005

  • Jeanette Lynes, 2005 – 2006

  • Curtis Peeteetuce, 2006 – 2007

  • Terry Jordan, 2007 – 2008

  • John Barton, 2008 – 2009

  • Anne Simpson, 2009 – 2010

  • Alice Kuipers, 2010 – 2011

  • Yvette Nolan, 2011 – 2012

  • David Poulsen, 2012 - 2013

  • Rosemary Nixon, 2013 - 2014

  • John Donlan, 2014 - 2015

  • Dee Hobsbawn-Smith, 2015-2016

  • Arthur Slade, 2016-2017