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)


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David Chariandy lives in Vancouver and teaches in the department of English at Simon Fraser University. His first novel, entitled Soucouyant, was nominated for the Governor General's Award and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. His second novel, entitled Brother, won the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and the Toronto Book Prize.  Brother was also named a book of the year by The Globe and MailThe National Post, The Toronto StarThe Montreal Gazette, The New York City Public Library, Kirkus ReviewsEsquire Magazine, and The Guardian; a film adaptation of Brother (directed by Clement Virgo) will be released in fall 2022.  His most recent book is a memoir entitled I've Been Meaning To Tell You: A Letter To My Daughter.  David's writings have been published internationally and translated into a dozen languages.  In 2019, he was awarded Yale University's Windham-Campbell Prize for fiction. 

David will offer an in-person, non-credit fiction and creative non-fiction workshop at Massey College in the Fall 2022 term on Wednesdays, 4-8 pm.


David Chariandy will offer an in-person non-credit fiction and creative non-fiction workshop in the Fall 2022 term in the Round Room at Massey College on Wednesdays, 4-8 pm. The first meeting will be on September 14th.

The workshop, which will accommodate no more than 11 participants, is by application only and open to everyone who is currently part of the University of Toronto three-campus community-faculty, students, and  staff. If you're interested in taking this workshop, please submit an application following the guidelines below.

What to submit: A four-page double-spaced writing sample plus a 200-250 word summary of your writing experience (if any) and current writing project. Please submit these as a single document in Word or pdf format. The attachment should be saved under your name and the program's name (e.g., Last Name_JackMcClelland WIR_2023). No cover letter or note is necessary. 

How to submit: Please send your writing sample and project summary via your U of Toronto email address; submissions via a different email address will not be accepted or acknowledged. Send your submission to Ms. Tavleen Purewal.  The submission email should include the following subject heading: "Jack McClelland Writer-in-Residence 2022 Seminar." 

Deadline for submissions: Midnight, Saturday, July 16. 

The screening will be done by the writer-in-residence, and results will be announced by mid August.


The Department of English, University of Toronto, is
pleased to invite you to a reading by David Chariandy
followed by a reception.

Tuesday, October 18th, 4:00 p.m.
Massey College, Upper Library

Writer in Residence Poster


Jack McClelland Writers-in-Residence

2021-22            Souvankham Thammavongsa
2020-21            Karen Solie

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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