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Where is Berton House?

The Berton House Writers' Retreat is located in Dawson City, Yukon Territory.

Program Eligibility

Professional Canadian writers who have one published book and are established in any creative literary discipline(s) -- fiction, non-fiction, poetry, playwriting, journalism -- are all encouraged to apply.

When is the Writers' Retreat?

The following is a list of the possible retreat times:

* January, February, March
* April, May, June
* July, August, September
* October, November, December

Be sure to indicate second and third choices for times when applying for a residence.

What's Involved in a Retreat?

The Writers' Retreat Provides: The Writer's Retreat offers writers time and a remote location to pursue their professional projects.

The writer will be housed in the Berton House at no cost in rent or utilities. A monthly honorarium is provided to help cover food and other living expenses. The writer is responsible for their own telephone bill. Travel costs to and from Dawson will be covered.

What are the writer's obligations to the program?
The writer is obliged to fulfill very few obligations while in residence. However, the writer is encouraged to do more in the community if he or she wishes.

The writer is responsible for a public reading in Whitehorse and Dawson City and a summary of their stay at Berton House. (including any press clippings from local newspapers)

The writer is also encouraged to:

* interface with the public and the local literary community
* feature their work in local newspapers and on local radio stations
* avail themselves for interviews with local media
* hold writing workshops in the community and/or at the schools and colleges

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How to Apply

The competition to be a writer-in-residence during the 2014-15 season is now open. An online application form is avaialble below. The deadline for submissions is October 4, 2013.

Application form 2014-15 (.pdf)
Info Sheet about Residency (.pdf)

Applications may be submitted by mail or email.

Mailing Address
Berton House Writers' Retreat,
c/o The Writers' Trust of Canada
200-90 Richmond St. East,
Toronto, ON M5C 1P1

Contact
jdavies@writerstrust.com
416.504.8222 x.245

 

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