Writer in Residence

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. Read more about the program here.

SPL will be announcing our 34th Writer in Residence very soon. Stay tuned!


Hours and Contact Information


The Writer in Residence program runs from Sep to May.

We will be announcing our 34th Writer very soon!

For more information

Introducing Rosemary Nixon

Rosemary is an award-winning, Saskatchewan-born short story writer, novelist and freelance editor. Her published works include Mostly Country, The Cock's Egg and Kalila. She also boasts numerous magazine and literary journal publications.

Rosemary holds a master's degree in creative writing from the University of British Columbia. She has judged many literary competitions across Western Canada and was Writer in Residence at the University of Windsor and University of Calgary and for the Canadian Authors Association.

She is a highly accomplished author whose works have been recognized for awards, including the Howard O'Hagan Short Fiction of the Year for The Cock's Egg and Grain Magazine's Postcard Story for "Vampa Falls." Her novel, Kalila, was shortlisted for Canada's Relit Award and the George Bugnet prize.

Rosemary has received writing fellowships from Scotland's Hawthornden Castle and Portugal's DISQUIET International Literary Festival. She has both studied and taught at Sage Hill Writing Experience and is looking forward with pleasure to returning to the province where her words began.

Winter 2014 Schedule

Language Awake to its Own Power

Frances Morrison Central / Meeting Room
Saturday / Jan 11 / 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Join Writer in Residence Rosemary Nixon for an energizing workshop. Through writing exercises and discussion, sharing short bits of each other's work and delving into published excerpts to see how a pro wields his/her diction, syntax, and structure for optimum effect, you'll leave the workshop with strengthened writing skills and a clearer vision of the power of language. Refreshments provided.

For more information or to register call Joan at 306.955.8192 or email jbrooks@sasktel.net.

Presented in partnership with Six to Eight Writers Inc.

The Ruthless Process of Creation

Frances Morrison Central / Meeting Room
Saturday / Jan 18 / 1 – 4 p.m.

Join Writer in Residence Rosemary Nixon for a workshop that will begin with fun attention to word and phrasing, and will move into the creation of voice and resonance as we let go of egos and muses and focus on doing the exciting hard work that powerful writing requires.

Writing North

University of Saskatchewan Campus
Friday & Saturday / Jan 24 & 25
Further details at www.skwriter.com/home/612

Join Writer in Residence Rosemary Nixon and a horde of writers for a two-day writer's festival. Rosemary will participate in a panel discussion, give a reading and lead a writing seminar.

From the Writer's Desk

I arrived in hot and lovely Saskatoon on August 31, excited to begin my residency. This excitement spilled into several attempts over the long weekend at practicing finding a parking spot near Frances Morrison Central Library — attempts, I must add, which culminated in me inadvertently (and repeatedly) sailing back across the river (great views, by the way!), only to start all over again with the same result. Eventually I threw up my hands, parked my car at home, and resorted to a twice-daily bus ride.

On September 18, the library threw an amazing Welcome/Book Launch for me and my just-released novel, Are You Ready to Be Lucky? Despite various literary events across town the same evening (Saskatoon's literary community is thriving), a large, enthusiastic crowd attended, including loyal friends and family from my home communities of Watrous and Lanigan, Saskatoon writer friends from years gone by, and interested members of the public.

A whack of editing from eager Saskatonians awaited me. Manuscripts keep pouring in, from brand-new writers to established ones with books out. Writers are admirably and enthusiastically accepting edits, asking intelligent questions, and discussing with me their next steps; many are rebooking to have rewrites and new pieces edited. Sharing our passion for language and writing makes for invigorating days, and people are giving very positive feedback. One man, who initially told me (a touch balefully) that I'd stroked out his favourite line, wrote me a few days later, attaching his rewrite and announcing that he had learned more in our hour together than he had in five years at his job.

A note here, dear reader: anyone can bring me work — please do — it's why I'm here. Story, novel excerpt, non-fiction, poetry . . . I am available until the end of May, and in the office Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The slots are filling fast. Even if you've never written, but would like to, book an appointment. Let's talk. If for some reason you have difficulty getting to the library, I can meet you at a convenient location.

On top of the editing sessions, I have been offering, and continue to offer, writing workshops — an excellent opportunity for writers to burst open their imaginations and hone their writing skills while having fun with other engaged writers. I will also be giving readings and book talks in the coming months.

I anticipate with pleasure re-engaging with returning writers, meeting new ones, and reading and discussing the writing, as we share our love of word and story. I hope you'll come down to the library and be part of the writerly excitement happening in this vibrant city.

Author Returns to Roots of Inspiration

An Interview with Rosemary Nixon

Coming to Saskatoon is "like coming home," says 33rd Writer in Residence, Rosemary Nixon. Rosemary grew up east of Saskatoon. Having written at Emma Lake, and attended Sage Hill Writing Experience both as student and instructor, she is most eager to reacquaint with Saskatoon's vibrant writing and artistic community. Her Saskatchewan roots run deep and Rosemary is honoured to be joining the ranks of talented past writers, including Sage Hill and SPL's first Writer in Residence, Anne Szumigalski.

As a well-known and highly respected creative writing instructor in Calgary, also a former writer in residence at the Universities of Windsor and Calgary and for the Canadian Authors Association, Rosemary is no stranger to the rewarding experiences that a residency offers. Rosemary is excited to be in the realm of the public library where she'll be connecting with many writers, from those with budding aspirations to established authors within the community.

Rosemary considers librarians to be "essential liaisons" for writers and readers alike. She believes libraries open a world of vicarious experiences and life-changing inspiration for anyone who walks through the door.

Not having access to a public library growing up, Nixon cherished her school library for the connection to the world it provided her whole family. Even her parents eagerly read every school library book brought home. This country library inspired Rosemary's love of language and of sharing words.

The library also influenced her extensive travels and time spent living overseas. Having just returned from her annual trip to Greece, where she spends two weeks teaching and mentoring a group of Canadian authors, (anyone interested in Greece, summer, 2014?), Rosemary eagerly anticipates the days of her residency at SPL, where she will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with authors, helping them to look at their work with new eyes as they construct a world of words.

We're proud to be welcoming such an accomplished author and mentor to the writing community of Saskatoon. Her awards include the Howard O'Hagan Award for Short Fiction of the Year for The Cock's Egg and Grain Magazine's Postcard Story for "Vampa Falls." Her novel, Kalila, was shortlisted for Canada's Relit Award and the George Bugnet prize. Rosemary has also received writing fellowships from Scotland's Hawthornden Castle and Portugal's DISQUIET International Literary Festival.

Her published works of fiction also include Mostly Country and her fourth title, Are You Ready to Be Lucky?, is slated for a fall release. The book's title aptly describes the mutual feeling of anticipation that is felt as Rosemary joins SPL. We're happy she'll be here to round out our centennial year!

Our 33rd Writer in Residence is Announced.

Read the Media Release.