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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Souvankham Thammavongsa is the author of four poetry books and the short story collection How to Pronounce Knife, winner of the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the 2021 Trillium Book Award, finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and PEN/America Open Book Award, out now with McClelland & Stewart (Canada), Little, Brown (U.S.), and Bloomsbury (U.K.). Her stories have won an O. Henry Award and appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper's Magazine, The Paris Review, and Granta. She was a 2021 Griffin Poetry Prize jury member and editor of its anthology in that year, and has reviewed books for The New York Times Book Review. She is currently at work on her first novel.

Ms. Thammavongsa will offer a non-credit poetry and short-fiction workshop in the "S" term on Wednesdays, 6-8 pm. The workshop’s delivery method will be online synchronous.

The workshop, which will accommodate no more than 15 participants, is by application 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 directly to me ( six poems totalling 10 pages in MS Word or PDF format via your email address. No cover letter or CV is necessary.

NB: Attachments should be saved under the applicant's and the program's names (e.g., Smith_JackMcClelland_Sample_2022) and the submission email should include the following subject heading: "Jack McClelland Writer in Residence 2022Seminar."

The deadline for submissions is midnight, Saturday, November 20th.

The screening will be done by the writer in residence, and results will be announced before the Christmas break.


Jack McClelland Writers-in-Residence

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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