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Writer/Storyteller-in-Residence Program

The Writer/Storyteller-in-Residence program brings together established and emerging writers and storytellers, offering workshops, one-on-one consultations and public events. The program, which has been running for over 15 years, is open to UM students, staff and alumni as well as to the wider community.

  • Jacob Scheier – Fall 2022 Writer-in-Residence

    Jacob Scheier is a Canadian poet, essayist and journalist. He is the author of three full length poetry collections with ECW Press, including the Governor General’s Award winning More to Keep Us Warm (2007). His most recent collection Is This Scary? (2021), explores the radical subjectivity of chronic mental and physical illness. His poems have been published in numerous magazines, journals and anthologies, as well as nominated for a National Magazine Award and longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize. Jacob is also the author of My Never Ending Acid Trip, a hybrid work of literary journalism and memoir, published as an ebook with the Toronto Star, and his personal essays have appeared in a number of publications, including Brick and the Globe and Mail. For well over a decade, Jacob facilitated workshops on writing about grief for a number of organizations and communities, with professionals in the field of bereavement support and with Indigenous communities. More recently, Jacob has begun facilitating workshops on writing about illness and disability. He is currently working on a collection of linked narrative-driven, personal essays about chronic illness and Jewish secular identity.

Welcome event

CCWOC will welcome Jacob Scheier to the University of Manitoba at an event to be held both in-person and online. Readings will be delivered by Scheier, Diane Driedger an Assistant Professor of Disability Studies at UM and a student.

All are welcome.
No registration necessary if you attend in-person.
To attend online, register on Zoom.

Welcome Event
Thursday, September 15, 2022
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT
Cross Common Room, St. John's College
Reception to follow on the Daily Bread Cafe patio.

Register for the writer's workshop

Scheier is hosting a free virtual writing workshop throughout the residency on ‘Crip-poetics’. 

This is an online workshop in reading and writing poems that embody a disability consciousness or “crip-poetry” as it is sometimes referred to. In both content and form, we will explore the potentialities of poetry to express experiences of disability and, in the process, challenge able-bodied assumptions about the artform. This workshop will involve discussion of short weekly readings of texts (such as essay excerpts or manifestos) on “crip poetics” and published crip-poetry. These readings will provide some context, and hopefully inspiration, for writing our own crip-poems. Each week, following the first workshop, two participants will share a poem they have written with the group for constructive feedback from their peers and myself in a safe and welcoming environment. This workshop is applicable for writers of all levels. 
 

Dates and Time:
Thursdays, October 6 - November 17
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. CT
FREE
Registration for the online workshop is limited to 12 spots to those who self-identify as having a disability. Email ccwoc@umanitoba.ca to register.

Book an individual writer consultation

Scheier is available virtually by appointment to writers of all levels from September 19 to December 16. To consult with Scheier, students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the public are encouraged to contact him by email to arrange a free Zoom meeting.

Past Writers/Storytellers-in-Residence

Apply to our Writer/Storyteller-in-Residence Program (currently seeking Fall 2023 & Winter 2024 applicants)

Writer-in-Residence

Applications are currently being accepted for the Fall 2023 and Winter 2024 residencies until October 28, 2022.

A professional writer and/or storyteller is sought for the position of Writer/Storyteller-in-Residence at UM’s Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture. The three-month residency, taking place in the fall or winter, require the successful candidate to spend approximately 16 hours per week providing mentorship and practical artistic advice to developing writers and storytellers at UM, give a limited number of readings and/or performances on campus and lead an informal non-credit workshop. The remaining time is devoted to the writer or storyteller’s own artistic projects. The successful candidate will receive a salary of $15,000.00 CAD (subject to all mandatory deductions) plus rent-free accommodation and transportation to and from Winnipeg. Depending on COVID-19 protocols at the time, the residency is planned to be in-person but may be online.

CCWOC is a place for creativity, scholarly research into oral and literate cultures and making connections between the university and broader communities. Since 2008, the centre has provided support for students, faculty, alumni and community members who are working to create their own stories or who are studying the stories of others. The centre celebrates interdisciplinarity and encourages scholars and students from diverse backgrounds to explore the transformative possibilities of the spoken and written word.

Winnipeg is renowned for its vibrant arts community and its multicultural citizenry, including the largest urban population of Indigenous people in North America. The centre builds upon these local cultural strengths as a basis for its creative and critical work.

Apply

Applications should include a cover letter summarizing the applicant’s qualifications for the position and describing the artistic and mentoring work they would undertake during the residency. Applications must also include:

  • A CV or resume of career achievements (publications, performances, awards, residencies)
  • A writing sample of no more than 20 pages (double-spaced and typed in a standard 12-point font)
  • Two letters of reference discussing the applicant’s skills as an artist and a mentor

Storytellers are encouraged to submit links to their performance videos.

Candidates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian applicants. Full proficiency in English is required and publications or performance credits in English would be an asset. The Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture is committed to principles of employment equity.

Please submit your application to ccwoc@umanitoba.ca. Attachments must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format. Books and other materials sent in support of applications will not be returned.

Diversity and immigration statement
The University of Manitoba is committed to the principles of equity, diversity & inclusion and to promoting opportunities in hiring, promotion and tenure (where applicable) for systemically marginalized groups who have been excluded from full participation at the University and the larger community including Indigenous Peoples, women, racialized persons, persons with disabilities and those who identify as 2SLGBTQIA+ (Two Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, intersex, asexual and other diverse sexual identities). All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.
If you require accommodation supports during the recruitment process, please contact UM.Accommodation@umanitoba.ca or 204-474-7195. Please note this contact information is for accommodation reasons only.


FIPPA Statement
Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the protection of privacy provision of The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (Manitoba). Please note that curriculum vitae may be provided to participating members of the search process.

Who we are

Director

Dr. Jocelyn Thorpe

Dr. Jocelyn Thorpe is an associate professor in the Women's and Gender Studies Program and the Department of History, in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Manitoba. She studies histories and legacies of colonialism and environmental injustice, as well as the creative ways that people fight for a more just world. She has been the Director of the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture since 2021. 

Steering Committee

Dr. Warren Cariou
English, Theatre, Film & Media

Dr. Alison Calder
English, Theatre, Film & Media

Dr. Adele Perry
History

Dr. Niigaan Sinclair
Indigenous Studies

Fellowships

C. D. Howe Memorial Fellowships in Creative Writing and Oral Culture

With contributions from the Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative, the C.D. Howe Foundation has established a fund at UM in support of the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture. Two fellowships, valued at approximately $10,000.00 each, will be offered to successful candidates (the amount is based on the average of the last five years and is subject to change).

Deadline for applications is June 1, 2022.

Eligibility

We offer fellowships to graduate students who:

  • Are enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, in a master's or doctoral degree program
  • Have achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 3.5 (or equivalent) based on the last 60 credit hours of study
  • Are conducting thesis research in creative writing (producing an original work of literature) or on the critical study of oral cultures
  • Students with lived experience of Indigenous and other oral cultures are particularly encouraged to apply.

Application requirements

Candidates are asked to submit an application consisting of:

  • A description of their proposed or ongoing research (maximum 500 words)
  • All current academic transcript(s)
  • Two academic letters of reference from professors at a post-secondary institution.

Candidates will be assessed as follows: record of academic achievement (30 per cent), plan of research (40 per cent), letters of reference (30 per cent).

The award is not automatically renewable but previous recipients may apply. Recipients may hold the C.D. Howe Memorial Foundation Fellowships in Creative Writing and Oral Culture concurrently with other awards, consistent with the policies of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Please send your application or any questions to Mary Elliott, Coordinator at CCWOC@umanitoba.ca. Deadline for applications is June 1, 2022.

Current recipients

2021-2022

Natalie LoVetri, Masters' student in English, Theatre, Film & Media
LoVetri holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design (BEnvD) and a BA in English with a minor in Philosophy from UM. Her interests encompass both creative writing and literary analysis, particularly modernist fiction, narrative poetry, short stories and fragments. Her creative thesis explores the psychological impacts of mental illness, instability and traumatic loss in the context of familial relationships. Her work delves into ideas of identity, personal narrative and social constructions of the self. In addition to her academic pursuits, LoVetri works as a writing tutor with the Academic Learning Centre. She is a mother, marathoner, creative writer and painter.


Sehar Mushtaq, Ph.D. student in Peace and Conflict Studies
Mushtaq's research explores Indigenous processes of peacemaking and peacebuilding amongst the Kalash people of Pakistan. Through her research, she analyzes oral laws and codes that govern and guide behaviours concerning the expression and resolution of conflicts in the Kalash community.

Past recipients

2020-2021
Antony Zang, Masters' student in English, Theatre, Film & Media
Sehar Mushtaq, Ph.D. student in Peace and Conflict Studies

2019-2020
Micheline Hughes, Ph.D. student in Native Studies
Virginia Page Jahne, Masters' students in English, Theatre, Film & Media

2018-2019
Michelle Lietz, Ph.D. student in English literature
Dominique Reynolds, Masters' student in French

2017-2018
Melanie Braith, Ph.D. student in English
Nick Kosmenko, Ph.D. student in Applied Health Sciences

2016-2017
Micheline Hughes, Ph.D. student in Native Studies
Allison Penner, Masters' student in History

2015-2016
Damien Lee, Masters' student in Native Studies
Susie Fisher, Masters' student in History

2014-2015
Kirsty Cameron, Masters' student in English
Micheal Minor, Ph.D. student in English, Film & Theatre

2013-2014
Lydia Schoeppner, Ph.D. student in Peace and Conflict Studies
Daniel Guezen, Masters' student in French, Spanish and Italian

2012-2013
Ryan Duplassie, Ph.D. student in Native Studies
Agnieszka (Agnes) Pawlowska, Ph.D. student in Native Studies

2011-2012
Alon D. Weinberg, Masters' student in Native Studies

2010-2011
Sean Braun, Masters' student in English, Film & Theatre
Daria Patrie, Masters' student in English, Film & Theatre

2009-2010
Gordon Blackburde, Masters' student in Native Studies
Susan Rich, Masters' student in English

Donations

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Contact us

The Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB Canada

204-474-7021