Writer in Residence

Arthur Slade


Arthur Slade was born on a ranch in the Cypress Hills of Saskatchewan. He is the author of eighteen novels for young readers including The Hunchback Assignments, which won the prestigious TD Canadian Children's Literature Award and Dust, winner of the Governor General's Award for Children's Literature. 

He also co-created the graphic novel Modo: Ember's End. His chilling new novel, Flickers, was released in May.

Unfortunately, our Writer in Residence is fully booked for appointments to the end of his term at SPL. If you are still interested in meeting with a Writer, there will be a new one appointed in the Fall of 2017. Please contact them at that time, and keep writing! 


Upcoming Events

At the Library

May 30, 11 am - WIR Live! on Facebook  

May 30, 7 pm - WIR Farewell


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.

Interested in being our next Writer in Residence?

Watch for the job posting and how to apply on our Employment page. 

Application Timeline

Previous Writers in Residence

  • 2015 - 16: dee Hobsbawn-Smith [sic]
  • 2014 - 15: John J. Donlan
  • 2013 - 14: Rosemary Nixon
  • 2012 - 13: David A. Poulsen
  • 2011 - 12: Yvette Nolan
  • 2010 - 11: Alice Kuipers
  • 2009 - 10: Anne Simpson
  • 2008 - 09: John Barton
  • 2007 - 08: Terry Jordan
  • 2006 - 07: Curtis Peeteetuce
  • 2005 - 06: Jeanette Lynes
  • 2004 - 05: J. Jill Robinson
  • 2003 - 04: Yann Martel 
  • 2002 - 03: Myrna Kostash
  • 2001 - 02: Dave Margoshes
  • 2000 - 01: Edna Alford

Congratulations to Yann Martel, our 2003-04 WIR, on winning the Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence in 2016!