Department of English

University of Toronto


 The Jack McClelland Writer-in-Residence


Each year the University of Toronto appoints a Canadian writer to work with students, faculty and staff interested in creative writing. The appointment process is internal; no external applications are considered or acknowledged.   From January to April, the Writer-in-Residence offers a seminar on creative writing and holds office hours for consultations on writing. The Jack McClelland Writer-in-Residence Program is housed at Massey College and is jointly sponsored by Massey and the Department of English.

John Gordon "Jack" McClelland (1922 - 2004)

 John Gordon "Jack" McClelland (1922 - 2004)




Susan Swan is a novelist, teacher, activist and journalist whose impact on the Canadian literary and political scene has been far reaching. Her critically acclaimed fiction has been published in twenty countries. The Dead Celebrities Club, her eighth book of fiction which appeared last spring, was described in The Globe and Mail as "a tale of greed, hubris and fraud...a financial fable worthy of the age." Swan's 2012 novel, The Western Light, was a prequel to The Wives of Bath, her international bestseller made into the feature film Lost and Delirious. Her 2004 novel What Casanova Told Me was a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Her first novel, The Biggest Modern Woman of the World, about a Canadian giantess who exhibited with P.T. Barnum, is currently being made into a television series. Swan is a retired Humanities professor from York University. She was York's Robarts Scholar for Canadian Studies in 1999-2000. As chair of The Writers' Union of Canada in 2008, she brought in a new-benefits deal for writers.

Susan Swan will offer a creative writing workshop on fiction and memoir writing, January to April 2020.

Office hours: Wednesdays, 11am- 1pm, at Massey College, Suite #5 (ground level, in the far north-east corner of the quadrangle).  


Reading by Susan Swan

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Jack McClelland Writers-in-Residence

2019-20            Susan Swan

2018-19            André Alexis

2017-18            Garry Thomas Morse 

2016-17            Sachiko Murakami
2015-16            Rawi Hage
2014-15            Shani Mootoo
2013-14            David Bezmozgis
2012-13            Joy Kogawa
2011-12            Michael Winter

2010-11            Barbara Gowdy

2009-10            Michael Redhill

2008-09            Christopher Dewdney

2007-08            David Gilmour

2006-07            Don McKay

2005-06            Camilla Gibb

2004-05            George Fetherling

2003-04            Steven Heighton

2002-03            Albert F. Moritz

2001-02            Kildare Dobbs

2000-01            Austin Clarke

1999-00            Erin Mouré

1998-99            Sarah Ellis

1997-98            Roo Borson

1996-97            Jane Urquhart

1995-96            Tom Wayman

1994-95            Susan Musgrave

1993-94            Tomson Highway

Spring 1993      Audrey Thomas

1991-92            Judith Merril

1990-91            Patrick Lane

1989-90            Lorna Crozier

1988-89            Erika Ritter

1987-88            Al Purdy

1986-87            Gwendolyn MacEwen

1985-86            Mary di Michele

1984-85            Leon Rooke

1983-84            Mavis Gallant

Spring 1983      Dorothy Livesay

Fall 1982          Brian Moore

1981-82            Irving Layton

1980-81            Marian Engel1

979-80              Timothy Findley

1978-79            Dennis Lee

1977-78            Carol Bolt

1976-77            John Newlove

1975-76            Adele Wiseman

1974-75            Fletcher Markle

1973-74            W.O. Mitchell

1972-73            Margaret Atwood

Spring 1971     Josef Škvorecký

Fall 1970          R.D.C. Finch

1969-70            Margaret Laurence

1968-69            Jack Ludwig

1965-68            Earle Birney


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