Canadian Authors Association

Canadian Authors Association – Writer-in-Residence

I’m honoured to be serving as a Writer-in-Residence with the Canadian Authors Association, Alberta Branch until the spring of 2019. The Writers-in-Residence program provides support to Alberta writers of all experience levels and is available to the public. Whether you’re in search of manuscript editing help or mentorship and advice, the WiRs are there to support you in your literary endeavours.

Submission Guidelines

You can book your Writer-in-Residence consultation (free to all Albertans from September 2018 until the end of May 2019) by emailing me at with the subject line CAA-AB WiR Consultation.

In the body of your email, please include a brief note mentioning (1) the type of writing you do; (2) the type of feedback you are seeking, including any specific questions; and (3) anything else you would like them to know about yourself or your writing. You can also attach manuscript materials as per the guidelines below, ideally as a Microsoft Word compatible file (including .doc, .docx, or .rtf files), but PDF or other text-format files are also fine, so long as they can be read by either MS Word or Adobe Reader.

Manuscripts and consultations will be addressed on a first-come first-serve basis. You can expect a brief response to your initial email within 2 business days, including more details towards setting a specific meeting time, location, and/or medium. Consultations will be held in person in Calgary, typically at a cafe or library, although other locations may also be possible) or via Skype, email, or phone.

The length guidelines for manuscript submissions are as follows:

  • prose fiction or creative nonfiction submissions: maximum 15 pages, double-spaced, Times New Roman (or similar), 12-point font
  • poetry submissions: maximum 5 pages, single-spaced, standard manuscript format
  • submissions of material in other genres/forms/formats: maximum of approximately 4500 words

Please note that while you are welcome to book as many consultations as you like (up until the end of May 2019), you can only book one appointment at a time. Once you have completed a consultation, you are absolutely free to book another one as soon as you like. This is simply to ensure that as many people as possible have a chance to receive consultations on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Learn more about the Canadian Authors Association on their website at

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