The Writer-in-Residence Program delivers hands-on programming for local emerging and aspiring writers. It is full-time residency position runs from September 30 to November 30 each year and is a partnership between Minoru Place Activity Centre, Richmond Arts Centre and Richmond Public Library.
The City of Richmond is pleased to welcome Andrew Battershill as the 2018 Writer-in-Residence. Over the course of two months, Andrew will provide advice to emerging writers through free public workshops, events and conversations. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear all about the program at the special residency launch event on Sunday, September 30.
All activities are free. Registration is now open at 604-276-4300 and richmond.ca/register
Download the 2018 Writer-in-Residence brochure
Acclaimed Canadian author, Andrew Battershill’s first novel Pillow, was long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Award.
His second novel, Marry, Bang, Kill, was released this spring. He was the co-founder and fiction editor of Dragnet Magazine and is currently the fiction editor of This Magazine.
He has lived in Dawson Creek, Victoria, Heriot Bay, and, most recently, Regina, where he was the 2017–2018 Writer-in-Residence at the Public Library. He holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto, where he met his partner, a poet and essayist, Suzannah Showler.
2018 Writer-in-Residence Program
Meet Andrew Battershill:
Richmond’s 2018 Writer-in-Residence
Sunday, Sept. 30, 1:30–2:30pm
Richmond Cultural Centre Rooftop Garden
Join the City of Richmond’s incoming Writer-in-Residence, Andrew Battershill for an afternoon of readings and conversation. Andrew will read from his new work and host an informal discussion.
If you have any questions about reading, writing or publishing, Andrew will be happy to answer them. Learn about the free public programs that he will present during his two-month residency in the Minoru precinct.
This event is part of Culture Days and will be followed by a reception with light refreshments. Seating limited; register by September 26.
Final Residency Celebration
Saturday, Nov 24, 2:00–4:00pm
Richmond Cultural Centre Performance Hall
To attend, RSVP at email@example.com.
Program participants and guests are invited to a celebratory performance event featuring works created by emerging writers during Andrew’s residency. The presentation will be followed by a short reception with light refreshments. Seating is limited.
Free Writing Workshops
Creative Writing with Style
Saturdays, Oct 6 – Nov 24, 1:30 – 4:30pm
Richmond Public Library – Brighouse Branch
Special Collections Room, 2nd floor
For 15+. Maximum 15 participants.
This course will teach the tools (not rules!) of style to help elevate your creative writing. Participants will learn some of the principles of writing style and how they can help unlock your creativity and free up your writing practice.
Learn all about what creative style is, and how to recognize and think about it as you read and write. Writer-in-Residence, Andrew Battershill, has designed this 8-session workshop to teach emerging writers how to control and refine their writing by manipulating some of the fundamental elements of style: word choice, tone and form.
Participants can expect to lively, discussion-oriented lessons and lots of creative writing exercises. Please bring a pen and paper (or laptop) and come prepared to write. The workshop series will culminate in a final public reading event on November 24 and samples of writing by all participants will be published in a chapbook.
If you are interested in publishing and sharing some of your writing, generating new, creative ideas, and learning some fundamental lessons to take with you on your continued writing journey then this workshop is for you! Intermediate English proficiency required.
Memoir: Make Your Life into a Story
Mondays, Oct 1 – Nov 19, 1:30–4:30pm &
Saturday, Nov 24, 2:00–4:00pm
Multipurpose Room 1, Minoru Place Activity Centre
Course # 2714925
Intermediate English proficiency required.
For 55+. Maximum 15 participants.
Are you working on or dreaming about writing your own memoir? Writing your life story can be a daunting task, and it can be difficult to know where to begin or how to organize a storyline that includes everything that’s ever happened to you.
Acclaimed author, Andrew Battershill, will empower you to take on writing your personal memoir by providing guiding structural knowledge and offering tools to help shape the way you tell your life story.
Participants will explore the basic principles of a three-act narrative structure as they apply to memoir writing. Far from a strict, rules-based class, this course will show you how flexible and fun it can be to add some new tools to your writing repertoire. Each session will consist of lively, discussion-oriented lessons and lots of creative writing exercises. Please come prepared to write.
The course will culminate in the publication of a chapbook of excerpts from the participants’ writing and a fun public reading event on November 24 where students can share their work with friends, families and peers from the class.
For more information about the Writer-in-Residence program, contact:
Manager, Community Cultural Development