Writer in Residence


Jennifer Still

The 2015 Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence

The UW English department is delighted to announce that Jennifer Still will be our tenth Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence, from Monday Feb 2 to Friday March 6, 2015.

Come out to meet Jennifer Still at her Inaugural Reading, Tuesday, January 20, at 2:30 p.m., in Convocation Hall, at the University of Winnipeg. This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.

Jennifer will also host a series of open writing sessions for the public, called the The O, Pen! Writing Sessions, during her residency. Jennifer says, "All writers, at any stage, in any genre, including those about to write (yes, you, with the journal in your pack!), are invited to this weekly, generative, exploratory session with your pen and imagination."  Dates, times, and the location of these four sessions will be announced by January 20th.

Jennifer Still is a poet, bookmaker, mentor, and editor. She is the author of two poetry collections, Girlwood and Saltations. Winner of the 2012 Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award and the 2012 John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer, Jennifer was a mentor for the 2013 Banff Centre of the Arts Wired Writing Studio and is a poetry editor for the Winnipeg-based literary journal CV2. Jennifer’s third collection—in its final stitches—is a composition in ink and thread on a parchment scroll. With her fresh, original voice and her enthusiasm for mentoring emerging writers, Jennifer is a very welcome addition to our campus and the larger community. We anticipate her reading and her forthcoming residency with great excitement.

Jennifer will have an office in the English department, where writers and emerging writers in the community may meet with her for a free consultation about their writing. Please call 204.786.9283 (after January 20), to book an appointment. 

Jennifer Still's residency is made possible by the Carol Shields family, the Friends of Carol Shields, and the University of Winnipeg.

To see details of our current crowdfunding campaign and to view a video with Jennifer Still:


A Chat with 2013-14 Writer-in-Residence Chandra Mayor and 2012-13 Writer-in-Residence Gregory Scofield

Friends of Carol Shields Celebrate Writer in Residence Program

On November 22, 2012, the English Department, in collaboration with the University of Winnipeg Foundation, held a Reception for the Friends of Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence Program. Carol was so well-loved and had touched so many, the evening was a great success with over fifty guests making their way to Convocation Hall on the first snowy Winnipeg night of the season. Thank you to all who attended for sharing stories about Carol as well as plans for the future of the Residency.

If you would like to become a Friend of the Program by making a donation please click here.

The Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence Program

The Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence Program at the University of Winnipeg was made possible by a generous donation from the Shields family. The program’s name honours the memory of Carol Shields, Pulitzer-prize winning novelist and Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg from 1996 to 2000. At Convocations, our students and their families were privileged to hear her wise and beautifully-crafted addresses to the graduands. Carol was also a generous mentor to emerging writers, so this program is a fitting tribute to her. As former UW President Dr. Lloyd Axworthy has said, "Carol was enormously committed to cultivating young writers. Through the thoughtfulness and generosity that the Shields family has shown to the University, opportunities have been created for many more people and emerging writers to discover their creative voices." As we welcome Jennifer Still to campus, we are proud and grateful to be celebrating our tenth year of the residency.

Thanks to this program, the University of Winnipeg has been able to host a creative writer each winter for ten years. While the writers spend most of their time working on a new creative project, they also give public readings, lectures, or workshops, and hold regular office hours on campus for members of the public who want to consult them about their manuscripts or about the writing life.

Past writers in this program include Margaret Sweatman, Sandra Birdsell, John Weier, Maria Campbell, David Bergen, Ivan Coyote, Debbie Patterson, Gregory Scofield, and Chandra Mayor.