Writer in Residence

PLEASE NOTE: Danny Ramadan's term as Writer in Residence at SPL begins in September 2020 and runs until May 2021. All consultations will be held remotely for at least the first half of this term.

Danny Ramadan - 2020/21


Danny Ramadan is an award-winning Syrian-Canadian author, public speaker and LGBTQ-refugees activist.

The Clothesline Swing, Ramadan’s debut novel, won the Independent Publisher Book Award for LGBT Fiction, The Canadian Authors Association’s award for Best Fiction, and was shortlisted for Evergreen Award, Sunburst Award and a Lambda Award. It was long listed for Canada Reads 2018. The novel is translated to French, German and Hebrew.

His children's book, Salma the Syrian Chef, was released in March 2020 by Annick Press. He is currently working on his next novel, The Foghorn Echoes, a collection of short fiction, The Syrian Survival Notebook, and a YA novel, Son of the Silk Maker.

He was named among the Top Immigrants to Canada 2017 as well as awarded the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Award for Excellency. He is currently finishing his Masters in Fine Arts – Creative Writing at UBC and lives with his husband, Matthew Ramadan, in Vancouver. To learn more about Ramadan's work, please visit his website: www.dannyramadan.com.

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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 

Danny Ramadan is available to meet with adults and teens who want feedback and advice about a writing project beginning in September 2020. Later this summer, a form will be added to this website where you can request a meeting and upload the writing samples you would like Danny to read.

Events and Workshops

Our writer in residence offers many writing workshops, conferences and special events throughout their term. Visit our event calendar to find more information (program dates and details are updated as they become available).

Events Calendar

Previous Writers in Residence

  • Anne Szumigalski, 1981 – 82 

  • 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 

  • 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

  • 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

  • Katherine Lawrence, 2017 – 18

  • Elizabeth Philips, 2018 – 19 

  • Edward Willett, 2019 – 20