As many of our Alumni and friends know, our Writer-in-Residency program has become an institution in our Department. Each year, we host a renowned Canadian author who engages in valuable one-on-one consultations with students and members of our community, participates in various literary festivals, workshops, and readings, and has an opportunity, in an exceptionally collegial environment, to develop his/her own works in progress.
To date, we have hosted such reputable and innovative writers as Morley Callaghan, W.O. Mitchell, Lillian Allen, David French, Nino Ricci, and Daphne Marlatt.
Our proposed Writer-in-Residence for 2012-13 was Ray Robertson, a Toronto-based writer born in Chatham, Ontario, whose six novels and two works of non-fiction have garnered much well deserved national attention. Called by one critic “the Jerry Lee Lewis of North American letters,” Robertson is a risk-taker whose arresting and eclectic works, filled with seekers of various stripes, have engaged with such subjects as the Underground Railway, rock and roll, and Jack Kerouac. Robertson’s most recent non-fiction work Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live, is a profoundly personal and provocative collection of fifteen essays on the subject of human happiness. It was a finalist for the Hillary Weston Writers Trust Prize for Non-fiction, selected for the Globe and Mail Best Book of 2011 list, and long-listed for the prestigious Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction.
Sadly, in the face of the current economic crisis and diminishing arts council funding, we faced the possible cancellation of our Writer-in-Residence program for the 2012-13 academic year. We were distraught because we knew how much this program means to our students, alumni, and the broader Windsor/Essex community.
Thankfully, the Acting Dean of our Faculty offered a possible solution to the crisis, and with the help of our dedicated alumni and friends, we were were able to bring Ray Robertson in for the 2013 Winter term. As an added incentive, we offered the first 100 donors of $100 or more a Limited Edition, 9 x 12 inch, ready-to-frame broadside featuring and signed by Dr. Alistair MacLeod. Dr. MacLeod is Professor Emeritus in our department, an Officer of the Order of Canada, and a world-renowned short story writer and novelist. His novel No Great Mischief (1999) has received numerous prestigious awards including the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Trillium Award.
Individual donations, regardless of size, add up!
All donations for $10 and more will receive a tax receipt and acknowledgement on our Writer-in-Residence web page.