The writer/storyteller-in-residence position is an annual residency that brings a writer or storyteller to the University of Manitoba to give public performances, to speak in classrooms, and to offer one-on-one mentorship and advice on the craft of writing and/or storytelling. The writer/storyteller is also enabled to work intensively on her or his own creative projects.

CCWOC is pleased to announce its Winter 2014 storyteller-in-residence, CLARE MURPHY.

CLARE MUIREANN MURPHY has worked as a professional storyteller since 2006.  She has taught and performed in English and Spanish in more than 20 countries, touring the US extensively, as well as Europe and the UK.  In 2007 Clare was awarded the Social Entrepreneurship Level 1 Award for her storytelling work in marginalized communities.  Her repertoire includes traditional material from many cultures ranging from 3,000 to 50 years old.  She has a background in theatre and writing, and has performed at the Globe, Soho, and Barbican Theatres in London.  Clare has worked as an actor, writer, director, performer, and producer of theatre and storytelling. She is a member of several international groups that focus on training for storytellers, as well as developing multilingual/translation storytelling theory. 

To learn more about Clare, please visit her on Twitter @StoryClare or on the web at and

For help with your storytelling, please contact Clare at or at 480-1067 to arrange a FREE meeting with her.  She will be in residence on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2pm-4pm from January to April 2013.  Please follow these guidelines when submitting your work to Clare.

To learn about the STORYTELLING WORKSHOP Clare offered during her residency, please click HERE.

If you'd like to learn more about life as a professional storyteller, click HERE for an interview of  Clare on CTV's Morning Live show.


On January 23, 2013, Clare was interviewed by the Sou'Wester about her term as CCWOC's Storyteller-in-Residence.  Please click HERE to read that article. 

Click HERE to listen to a reading by Clare on ekphrasis. 


If you are interested in applying for the Fall 2014 residency, please watch this space for upcoming details.


Past Writers/Storytellers-in-Residence:

Sally Ito - Fall 2012

Mary Louise Chown and Kay Stone - Winter 2012

Patrick Ryan - Fall 2011

Méira Cook – Winter 2011

Ignatius Mabasa - Fall 2010

Roberta Kennedy - Winter 2010

Jan Andrews - Fall 2009

Armin Wiebe - Fall 2008

Rody Gorman - Fall 2008

Gregory Scofield - Fall 2007


Clare offers her first story at a welcome
event in her honour, as guest reader and
English graduate student, Katie
Thorsteinson, watches from the stage

Clare's first public telling at the Centre

U of M Dean of Arts, Dr. Jeffrey Taylor,
and the Centre's Director, Dr. Warren
Cariou, enjoy Clare's inaugural

Clare Murphy and guest reader,
Katie Thorsteinson

(L-R) English Assistant Professor, Dr.
David Watt, writer Ariel Gordon, and
English Associate Professor, Dr. Alison

Faculty, staff, and students discuss Clare's
storytelling over lunch at the Centre