September 1, 2020-April 30, 2021/September 1, 2021-April 30, 2022/September 1, 2022 – April 30, 2023

The Department of English & Cultural Studies at McMaster University, McMaster University Library, and the Hamilton Public Library invite applications from Canadian creative writers for the position of Mabel Pugh Taylor Writer in Residence. At this time, we are calling for applicants for three, non-renewable positions, one in each of the next three years. The Selection Committee will assign successful candidates to one of the three positions.

This residency involves work with the McMaster and Hamilton communities through public readings, individual consultation with creative writers, classroom visits, group workshops, and/or seminars. The Writer in Residence will have an office in both the Department of English & Cultural Studies and the Hamilton Public Library where regular meetings with apprentice writers will take place for the equivalent of two days a week, but the position also reserves considerable time for the candidate’s own writing.

Applicants must:

  • be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada
  • have a minimum of 2 books in print, published by a professional publishing house
  • have made a significant contribution to their area of specialty over a number of years
  • still be active in their profession
  • intend to work on a new writing project, normally intended for book-length publication

Applicants should submit:

  • a curriculum vitae indicating publication history in fiction, poetry, children’s literature, literary non-fiction, or drama; awards received for literary work; and professional experience in teaching, consulting, mentoring, residencies, and publishing
  • three letters of reference

Remuneration: $30,000 for an eight-month term (September to April); writers may also apply directly to Canada Council for additional funding during their residency period.

Please send applications electronically to Sophie Goellnicht, Administrative Coordinator at (preferably as a single PDF).

If you are unable to send an electronic application, hardcopy applications can be mailed to: Writer in Residence Selection Committee, Department of English and Cultural Studies, CNH 321, McMaster University, 1280 Main St. W., Hamilton, ON, Canada, L8S 4L9.

Application deadline: October 27, 2019

McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and within the lands protected by the “Dish with One Spoon” wampum agreement.

In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity. The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. While all qualified candidates are invited to apply, we particularly welcome applications from women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of visible minorities, and LGBTQ+ persons. Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247) to communicate accommodation needs.