Call for Applications: Writer- or Storyteller-in- Residence
A professional writer or storyteller is sought for the position of Writer/Storyteller-in -Residence at the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture at the University of Manitoba. This four-month position, from September 1 to December 20, 2008, will require the successful candidate to spend approximately 16 hours per week providing mentorship and practical artistic advice for developing writers and storytellers at the University of Manitoba, and giving a limited number of readings or performances on campus. The remaining time is to be devoted to the writer or storyteller’s own artistic projects. The successful candidate will receive a competitive salary (commensurate with credentials and experience) and return transportation to Winnipeg.
The Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture is an interdisciplinary centre with a mandate to promote the creation and the study of the verbal arts, both oral and written. Located at the University of Manitoba in the city of Winnipeg, the Centre sponsors readings, lectures, master classes and creative community projects that deal with the connections between oral and written culture. Winnipeg is renowned for its vibrant arts community and its multicultural citizenry, including the largest urban population of Aboriginal people in North America. The Centre builds upon these local cultural strengths as a basis for its creative and critical work.
Applicants should provide a covering letter summarizing their qualifications for the position and describing the artistic work they plan to undertake during the residency. Applications must also include a CV or resumé of career achievements (publications, performances, awards, residencies) as well as names, telephone numbers and email addresses of three referees who are prepared to discuss the applicant’s skills as an artist and a mentor.
Candidates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply; however, 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. The application deadline is March 1, 2008.
Electronic submissions of application materials are accepted at the Centre’s email address, but attachments must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format only. Applicants may also submit hardcopy applications to:
Dr. Warren Cariou
Director, Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture
245 St. John’s College
92 Dysart Road
R3T 2M5 Canada
Please direct inquiries and electronic application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org.