Writer in Residence

Toronto Public Library (TPL)’s Writer in Residence program supports writers and encourages exchanges between the author and the community. The Writer in Residence creates and delivers online programs, evaluates submitted manuscripts, meets virtually with writers from the general public, and works on their own project(s).

Writers who have held residencies at the library include Gail Bowen, Chester Brown, Austin Clarke, Karen Connelly, Deborah Cooke, Farzana Doctor, Sarah Ellis, Rabindranath Maharaj, Elizabeth Ruth, Robert J. Sawyer, Karl Schroeder, Allan Stratton, Sugith Varughese, Tim Wynne-Jones, Alissa York, David S. Young and Kim Echlin.

Summer 2021 Writer in Residence - Canadian Fiction Writer

Past Programs

Submitting Your Manuscript

TPL’s Writer in Residence offers writers of Canadian literature the opportunity to submit manuscripts for review and feedback. The Writer in Residence meets virtually with writers who submit short stories, novel excerpts and poetry to offer feedback and answer questions.

Manuscript submissions are not currently being accepted.

Stay tuned for information about the next opportunity to submit your manuscript.

Apply to be Writer in Residence

Toronto Public Library's (TPL) Writer in Residence program supports writers and encourages exchanges between the author and the community.

Applications are not currently being accepted for the Writer in Residence program.

Stay tuned for the next opportunity to apply for TPL’s Writer in Residence program. Toronto Public Library typically hosts two residencies per year.