Call for Writer in Residence 2017 - 2018

The Literature Section of the Toronto Heliconian Club seeks to appoint a writer-in-residence for a one-year period for the 2017-2018 season. Eligible candidates are female authors of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama, as well as professional editors and journalists.

The successful candidate will have complimentary membership in the Club for the year and should she wish to join the following year, the initiation fee would be waived. The non-paying position provides an opportunity for a writer to connect with members of the Literature Section on a regular basis and to interact occasionally with members in the Music, Drama, Dance, Art and Humanities sections.

The Toronto Heliconian Club is the oldest association of its kind in Canada. Founded in 1909 to give women in the arts and letters an opportunity to meet socially and intellectually, the Club holds to its original purpose while responding to the changes of contemporary life. Founded by professional women in music, writing, painting, and drama who later were joined by those in dance, sculpture, architecture, and other professions related to the humanities, the members range in age and experience from women who have earned great distinction to those in the early stages of their careers. The Club operates out of the historic Heliconian Hall in Yorkville. For more information about the Club visit

The writer-in-residence is expected to attend several events over the year, and to present her work to an audience at one or more readings and/or workshops. The position lasts from September 2017 to September 2018.

An application package should include a letter of intent, a résumé, a list of published works and a writing sample. Short excerpts of longer works should not exceed 2000 words. In the letter of intent the applicant should explain why she is interested in the position, of what benefit the post would be to her and how she, in turn, could benefit the Heliconian Club.

The deadline for applying is Friday, April 28th, 2017 to be emailed to the Heliconian Club office: Alternatively, send the package by regular mail to The Literature Section, Toronto Heliconian Club, 35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto, M5R 2E3. Finalists will be interviewed on May 30th.