Writer in Residence

Elizabeth Philips


An award-winning writer, Elizabeth Philips has published four collections of poetry and one novel. Her 2015 novel, The Afterlife of Birds, won the City of Saskatoon Book Award and was a finalist for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. She is also a two-time winner of the Saskatchewan Book Awards’ Poetry Award, and Torch River (2007) was a finalist for the Lamba Award in the United States.

Philips is also a long-time editor, having edited more than 50 books of poetry and fiction for various publishers and serving as a past editor of the literary magazine, Grain. Philips is also the current director of the Emerging Writers Intensive program at the Banff Centre. She will be SPL's 38th Writer in Residence since the program was established in 1981.

Events and Workshops

Our writer in residence offers many writing workshops, conferences and special events. Visit our event calendar to find more information!

Event Calendar

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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 - Three Easy Steps

Elizabeth is available to meet with adults and teens who want feedback and advice about a writing project. Her residency at SPL will begin on Sep 4, 2018.

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

306 975-7598 / [email protected]

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

Mondays / 12:30 - 9 pm
Tuesdays / 10 am - 5:30 pm

Additional meeting times can be arranged.

Next, send Elizabeth 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, 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 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

  • Katherine Lawrence, 2017 – 18