Writer in Residence

Edward Willett - 2019/20 


Edward Willett is an award-winning writer and performer based in Regina. He has published more than 60 books of science fiction, fantasy, and non-fiction for both children and adults (a few under pseuodnyms). He also hosts The Worldshapers podcast, which focuses on the creative processes of other science fiction and fantasy authors, and has done extensive work writing science columns and appearing as a guest on science-based radio shows.
 
Willett won a Saskatchewan Book Award for his young-adult fantasy novel Spirit Singer (just re-released from his own recently established publishing company, Shadowpaw Press), and has been shortlisted for seven other books, most recently this year for his short-story collection, Paths to the Stars (Shadowpaw Press).  His novel Marseguro (published by DAW Books in New York) won the 2009 Aurora Award for best English-language science fiction or fantasy book by a Canadian author, and he’s been shortlisted multiple times, including for two books in his Shards of Excalibur modern-day young-adult fantasy series, set largely in Saskatchewan and published by Coteau Books. He’s won or been shortlisted for a number of other awards at both provincial and national levels. His next novel, Master of the World, Book 2 in his new Worldshapers fantasy series, will be released by DAW Books on Sept. 10, just as he begins his term as writer-in-residence at SPL. Willett has also edited literary magazines, taught creative writing, and mentored writers. He served as writer-in-residence at the Regina Public Library in 2011-2012.

To learn more about Willett’s work, please visit his website: www.edwardwillett.com.

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).

Event Calendar

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 

Edward Willett is available to meet with adults and teens who want feedback and advice about a writing project. His residency at SPL will begin in September 2019.

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

306 975-7598 / [email protected]

Edward will offer you a one-hour appointment. His office hours are:

Tuesdays / 11 am - 9 pm
Wednesdays / 10 am - 4 pm

Additional meeting times can be arranged.

Next, send Edward a writing sample of maximum 3,000 words, double spaced, at least five days prior to your meeting. An email with your sample as an attachment is preferred (.doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt, .pdf). You may also deliver a hard copy to the library by leaving your work (in an envelope, addressed to the Writer in Residence) at the front desk.

Finally, give some thought to ways in which you'd like your writing to grow or change, and come prepared to talk about these aspirations in the context of your writing sample. 

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

Interested in Being SPL's 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 

  • 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