Writer in Residence

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SPL is pleased to announce our 34th Writer in Residence, John J. Donlan.

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.



Hours and Contact Information


Our 34th Writer in Residence, John J. Donlan, will be beginning his residency in September. 

Hours will be announced at the beginning of September.

For more information

Introducing John J. Donlan


A native of Baysville, in Ontario's Muskoka region, Donlan's poems and reviews have appeared in anthologies and leading journals in Canada, the United States and Iran. He is poetry editor with Brick Books, a retired public librarian and has led writing workshops in schools, libraries, universities and art galleries across North America.

His collections of poetry are: Domestic Economy (Brick Books, 1990, reprinted 1997), Baysville (House of Anansi, 1993), Green Man (Ronsdale Press, 199), Spirit Engine (Brick Books, 2008) and Call Me the Breeze (Alfred Gustav Press, 2013).

Saskatoon Public Library is grateful to Canada Council for the Arts for supporting our grant application and co-funding this residency.

Fall 2014 Schedule

Welcome Reception & Reading

Frances Morrison Central / Meeting Room
Wednesday / Sep 17 / 7 – 9 p.m.

Help us welcome our new Writer in Residence, John J. Donlan. John is a poet and retired public librarian, and an editor with Brick Books. His books of poetry include Domestic Economy, Baysville, Green Man, Spirit Engine and Call Me the Breeze. He is also the author of A Guide to Research at Your Library. Refreshments are provided.

Saskatoon Public Library is grateful to Canada Council for the Arts for co-funding this residency.

From Inspiration to Publication: The Writing Process

The Word On The Street Festival
Frances Morrison Central / Outside
Sunday / Sep 21 / 4:30 – 5 p.m.

You’ve got a great idea for a story, a dramatic scene, an unforgettable image that won’t let you go. What happens next? The process of getting your ideas down on paper, revising and improving your work, getting comments and assistance, establishing a final version, and finding an audience for an oral or printed presentation of your work are the focus of this presentation. Join SPL’s Writer in Residence John J. Donlan in this participative session.