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Virtual Writer-in-Residence Program

Attention Local Writers!

The Elgin Writers Guild, in partnership with the St. Thomas Public Library, is hosting a Writer-in-Virtual-Residence with  Canadian author, Gail Bowen, beginning October 11, 2022!

The Virtual Writer-in-Residence is available for FREE to any interested writer from St. Thomas and Elgin County, ages 18+, for virtual one-on-one consultations, using tools like Zoom, Skype or Microsoft Teams.

During October, November and December, writers from across the City and County will be able to connect with Gail to discuss their writing challenges, review writing strategies and especially, to get professional feedback on writing samples. Each month, Gail will make an online presentation through the Elgin Writers Guild on a writing topic that the public will be able to attend.

Interested in getting feedback on your writing?  Please fill out the form at the bottom of this page and Gail will be in touch!

Meet the Virtual Writer-in-Residence

Gail Bowen is a prolific author, playwright and teacher. Her best known works are the Joanne Kilbourn Shreve series of mystery novels, all of which are set in Saskatchewan. The twenty novels in the series have received national and international acclaim for their realistic, continually evolving heroine and examinations of contemporary social issues ranging from child prostitution to feminism, racism and domestic abuse. Six books in the series have been successfully adapted for an international television audience. Among her numerous writing awards are a lifetime achievement award from the Crime Writers of Canada and the Distinguished Canadian Award from the University of Regina and the Lifelong Learning Centre. Readers’ Digest has called her Canada’s best mystery novelist. She is also a playwright, specializing in children’s literature, and has adapted a number of classic works such as Peter Pan and Beauty and the Beast for the stage and radio. In 2018, she was awarded the Grand Master Award of Crime Writers of Canada, and the Saskatchewan Order of Merit.

Ms. Bowen has spent her professional life helping new writers develop their craft and unique voices. She has been a writer‐in‐residence at libraries in Regina, Calgary and Toronto, and has presented courses at numerous writers’ festivals and retreats across Canada. In November 2021, she will speak at a Canadian Studies symposium at the University of Marburg in Germany. Professor Bowen taught literature in the English Department of the First Nations University of Canada for 22 years, serving six years as department head.


Sign up for a session with Gail Bowen:

*If you do not have an email address, please use info@stthomaspubliclibrary.ca in the email field.

(membership is not required to be eligible to be coached)
(For example, identify whether you want advice about the writer's life, the writing process, some thorny plot or character issues, or feedback on a piece of writing, Add anything else you think the Writing Coach should know.)
(The Writing Coach will contact you by email to arrange a time to meet using Zoom or some other online platform. Please indicate the best times and days to reach you and the best times to meet with you.)

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This program is presented in partnership with:

Elgin Writers Guild
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