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Meet your 2024 Writer in Residence

Tololwa Mollel - Writer In Residence

Katie Bickell
(Regional WIR)

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Katie Bickell is a novelist, short-story writer, writing instructor, manuscript consultant, and ghostwriter specializing in memoir. In 2021, her novel Always Brave, Sometimes Kind won the Georges Bugnet novel of the year prize, the Indie Project Award for Alberta, and was shortlisted for the ReLit Best Novel Award. She lives in Sherwood Park and is at work on a novel of magical realism.

    As Regional Writer in Residence, Katie will split her time between Strathcona County and St. Albert:
  • January–May: Strathcona County Library
  • June: Strathcona County and St. Albert Public Library
        (shared programming and one-on-one consultations)
  • August–December: St. Albert Public Library

Stay tuned for info about workshops, programs, and WIR fall office hours.

2023 Writer in Residence Tololwa Mollel finishes his term at SAPL December 15

There's still time to meet with Tololwa and get feedback on your writing! Until December 15, he will be monitoring the Regional Writer in Residence email above. Contact him now to set up a one-on-one consultation.

You can find recent posts and events from the Writer-In-Residence program on our Facebook page.

The Writer in Residence (WIR) program provides an opportunity to connect with a published author. The Writer in Residence:

  • Provides support to aspiring and established writers through one-on-one consultations, workshops, and mentorship,
  • Connects with community groups and organizations to do outreach,
  • Connects with and encourages the imagination of readers through public programming, and
  • Acts as a living link between the Library and the community.

The Library provides time, space, and resources for the Writer in Residence to grow their body of work.

The Writer in Residence program is a joint project, shared by three libraries in the Metro Edmonton area:

  • Strathcona County Library
  • St. Albert Public Library
  • Edmonton Public Library

Premee Mohamed will serve as Writer in Residence for the Edmonton community.


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