Where is Berton House?
The Berton House Writers' Retreat is located in Dawson City, Yukon Territory.
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. Self-published writers or writers working in other genres are not eligible at this time.
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
The competition to be a writer-in-residence during the 2017-18 season is now closed. Beginning in the spring of 2017 we will begin accepting applications to be writer-in-residence during the July 2018 to June 2019 period. The deadline for those applications will be early October 2017.
Interested in knowing more about other residency opportunities? Visit our list of Canadian English-language residency programs.