Writer in Residence
The 2014 Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence
The English department is proud to announce that Chandra Mayor will be our ninth Carol
Shields Writer-in-Residence, from January through April, 2014.
Come out to meet Chandra at her Inaugural Reading Thursday, January 23, at 7:00 p.m. in Room 2M70
at the University of Winnipeg. This event is free and open to the public.
Chandra will also deliver the 2014 Carol Shields Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, March 6, at 7:00
p.m. in Convocation Hall at the University of Winnipeg. This event is also free
and open to the public. Everyone is welcome.
Chandra Mayor is one of Winnipeg's strongest voices. Since
she was named Most Promising Manitoba Writer early in her career, she has gone
on to receive numerous literary honours for her poetry and fiction. Her poetry
collection August Witch won the
Eileen McTavish Sykes Award. Her novel Cherry
was nominated for the Margaret Laurence Award and won the Carol Shields Award. She
was the regional winner of CBC Radio's Poetry Face-Off in 2006 and 2007. More
recently, her short story collection All
the Pretty Girls was honoured with a Lambda Award. Chandra's work has appeared
in anthologies such as Between Interruptions:
30 Women tell the Truth about Motherhood, Breathing Fire 2: Canada's New Poets, Exposed, and Post-Prairie.
She has served as the Writer-in-Residence at the Winnipeg Public Library, worked
with the journals dark leisure, CV2 and Prairie Fire, taught creative writing workshops, and performed
readings of her work at venues across the country.
Chandra will have an office in the English department, where
writers and emerging writers in the community may meet with her for a free
consultation about their writing. Please call 204.786.9283 to book an
appointment. She will also appear at the two special events, listed above.
Chandra Mayor's residency is made possible by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Carol Shields family, and the University of Winnipeg.
Friends of Carol Shields Celebrate Writer in Residence ProgramOn November 22, 2012, the English Department, in collaboration with the University of Winnipeg Foundation, held a Reception for the Friends of Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence Program. Carol was so well-loved and had touched so many, the evening was a great success with over fifty guests making their way to Convocation Hall on the first snowy Winnipeg night of the season. Thank you to all who attended for sharing stories about Carol as well as plans for the future of the Residency. Here is a video recapping this wonderful evening
If you would like to become a Friend of the Program by making a donation please click here.
The Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence Program
The Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence Program at the University of Winnipeg was made possible by a generous donation from the Shields family. The programs name honours the memory of Carol Shields, Pulitzer-prize winning novelist and Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg from 1996 to 2000. At Convocations, our students and their families were privileged to hear her wise and beautifully-crafted addresses to the graduands. Carol was also a generous mentor to emerging writers, so this program is a fitting tribute to her. As UW President Dr. Lloyd Axworthy has said, "Carol was enormously committed to cultivating young writers. Through the thoughtfulness and generosity that the Shields family has shown to the University, opportunities have been created for many more people and emerging writers to discover their creative voices."
Thanks to this program, the University of Winnipeg is able to host a creative writer for four months of each year (January through April). While the writer spends most of this time working on a new creative project, he or she also gives public readings or lectures and holds regular office hours on campus for members of the public who want to consult them about their manuscripts or about the writing life.
Past writers in this program include Margaret Sweatman, Sandra Birdsell, John Weier, Maria Campbell, David Bergen, Ivan Coyote, Debbie Patterson and Gregory Scofield.