Department of English

University of Toronto


 The Jack McClelland Writer-in-Residence


About Rawi Hage
On behalf of the Jack McClelland Writer-in-Residence Committee and the Chair of the Department of English at St. George, we are pleased to announce that the University of Toronto's Jack McClelland Writer in Residence for 2016 is Rawi Hage

Rawi Hage is a novelist residing in Montreal since 1991. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, he studied photography at Dawson College and Fine Arts at Concordia University, and holds an MFA from the Université du Québec à Montreal. After establishing himself as a photographer, whose work has been widely exhibited and acquired by the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and working as a cab driver in Montreal, he decided to pursue writing.


De Niro’s Game (2006), his first novel, won the 2008 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was shortlisted for the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award for English Fiction. It also received two Quebec awards, the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and the McAusian First Book Prize.


His second novel, Cockroach (2008) was shortlisted for the Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Both this novel and his third one, Carnival (2012) also won the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction.

Office Hours for U of T faculty, students and staff: JHB 924- Wednesdays from 10 am to 12 pm.


Jack McClelland Writers-in-Residence

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 Engel

1979-80            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


The Writer-In-Residence Non-Credit Creative Writing Seminar

Rawi will be conducting a non-credit creative writing seminar on fiction in the Winter term on Wednesdays, 6-8 pm at Massey College. The course is by application and can accommodate no more than 15 students. The seminar is open to everyone who is currently part of the U of T community --faculty, students, and staff.

For those interested in taking this seminar, please submit to Prof. Smaro Kamboureli by email at a two-page sample of fiction in either a MS word document or a PDF with a return email address. No cover letter is necessary. Please name the document using the following format: Applicant last name_Jack-McClelland_writing-sample (for example, Smith _Jack-McClelland_writing-sample). In addition, please include in the subject line of your email the following text: "Jack McClelland Writer in Residence Seminar."

The deadline for submission is Monday, November 9, 2015

For more information, please contact Prof. Smaro Kamboureli, Chair of the Jack McClelland Writer-in-Residence Committee at





John Gordon "Jack" McClelland (1922 - 2004)

 John Gordon "Jack" McClelland (1922 - 2004)

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.)   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.


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