Writer in Residence
The 2017 Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence
FREE PUBLIC READING
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8TH
12:30PM - ROOM 1L07
A Métis writer from Treaty One territory, Katherena won the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry for her first book, North End Love Songs. She is also the author of the children's picture-book series The Seven Teachings Stories, and the novel The Break. Her short film documentary,
This River, was released in 2016.
Writers are encouraged to consult with Katherena during the month of March. Consultations are free and open to the public. You may contact Katherena Vermette as of March 1st at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Rick Chafe to campus, we are proud and grateful to be celebrating our eleventh year of the residency.
Past writers in this program include Margaret Sweatman, Sandra Birdsell, John Weier, Maria Campbell, David Bergen, Ivan Coyote, Debbie Paterson, Chandra Mayor and 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.