Writer in Residence

2021/2022 Writer in Residence - Danny Ramadan

Each winter a Canadian writer spends the winter months at the Haig-Brown House engaging in public programming with the writing community, and working on their writing.  This winter’s writer, Danny Ramadan, is a Syrian-Canadian author and LGBTQ-refugees advocate.

His debut novel, The Clothesline Swing, won multiple awards. His children’s Book Salma the Syrian Chef, continues to receive accolades. Both books were translated to multiple languages.  His short stories and essays appeared in publications across North America and Europe.  Ramadan’s forthcoming novel, The Foghorn Echoes (2022), and his memoir, Crooked Teeth (2024), to be released by Penguin Random House.

Ramadan graduated from UBC with an MFA in Creative Writing, and lives in Vancouver with his husband, Matthew Ramadan. 

Danny’s next talk is scheduled January 15, 2022 at the Museum at 1pm.

Notes from Danny Ramadan on writing consultations:

  • I am happy to offer both in-person and Zoom consultations. 
  • I expect everyone seeking in-person consultation to be fully vaccinated. If the person is not fully vaccinated, I won’t be meeting them in-person and can only offer Zoom meetings. I will be checking vaccine passports on the door before a meeting. 
  • Each author will be allowed three submissions in total throughout my residency. For example: that may mean three different short stories, or one story and two revisions of it over time. 
  • The submission cannot exceed the following limitations:
    •  Fiction/Non-fiction: 3000 words. 
    • Poetry: 5 poems. 
    • Screenplays and stage plays: 15 pages. 
  • The submissions are to include three questions on the work itself. The questions need to be specific and not generalized. (A good question is: How do I improve my character development? A bad question is: How do you feel about my writing?) These questions will guide me to how to frame the feedback to the author. 
  • The authors submitting their work will be treated on first-come-first-served. That means when you send a submission you have to allow a couple of weeks before I get to your work. 
  • My office hours are Tuesdays and Wednesday between 10am and 5pm.
  • Each submission will have a three hours time allocation (reading the work, critiquing the work, logistics of planning to meet, and a one hour meeting).

The writer in residence can be reached at hb.writer@crmuseum.ca

Now Accepting Applications to the Writer in Residence Program

Published authors are being invited to apply for the 2022-2023 Haig-Brown House Writer in Residence position. The residency entails spending the winter months (or a portion thereof) living in the Haig-Brown Heritage House.

The modest four bedroom house reflects the character of writer Roderick Haig-Brown and his wife Ann. Located in a peaceful setting on the banks of the Campbell River on Vancouver Island, it contains a Heritage library and is surrounded by two acres of garden and 17 acres of public parkland.

The Writer’s time will be divided between pursuing personal writing projects and providing literary advice and support to the local community, with writing time favoured on a 60/40 basis. The writer would also participate in the Museum at Campbell River’s winter programming.

A stipend of up to $2000 per month, depending on available funding, will be provided.

More information is available in this attachment.

HBH WIR info sheet 2021

Applications should include:

  • A resume or CV (maximum two pages)
  • A list of publications
  • A sample of work in progress (10 – 20 pages)
  • A letter of interest outling:
    • Ideas and themes for proposed community programming.
    • Reasons why the residency would further your work including an indication of what personal writing project you would be working on during this residency. 
    • Experience mentoring emerging writers.
  • Two letters of reference

Forward your application package via email or mail to Ken Blackburn, Museum at Campbell River, Box 70 Stn A, Campbell River, BC V9W 4Z9.

Email is: public.programs@crmuseum.ca .  

Application deadline is March 5, 2022.

Past Writers in Residence

2004/2005Don McKayVictoria, B.C.
2005/2006David Carpenter Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
2006/2007Myrna KostashEdmonton, Alberta
2007/2008Brian BrettSaltspring Island, B.C.
2008/2009Marjorie DoyleSt. John’s, Newfoundland
2009/2010Harry ThurstonAmherst, Nova Scotia
2010/2011Patricia RobertsonWhitehorse, Yukon
2011/2012Trevor HerriotSaskatoon, Saskatchewan
2012/2013Charlotte Gill Powell River, B.C.
2013/2014Andrew NikiforukCalgary, Alberta
2014/2015David CarpenterSaskatoon, Saskatchewan
2015/2016Wayne GradyKingston, Ontario
2016/2017John Donlan Vancouver, B.C.
2017/2018Bev SellarsSoda Creek, B.C.
2018/2019Terry JordanSaskatoon, Saskatchewan
2019/2020Eden RobinsonKitimaat, B.C.