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Meet the 2021 Writers in Residence

Nisha Patel

Nisha Patel
(Regional WIR)

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Matthew Stepanic

Vern Thiessen
(EPL WIR)

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Nisha Patel will be at Strathcona County Library from January 2021 through June, and at St. Albert Public Library from July through December 2021:

  • St. Albert and area writers will be invited to connect with Nisha for free one-on-one consultations via email, phone or online once she has begun her residence at St. Albert Public Library this summer;
  • Nisha's office hours for St. Albert Public Library will be announced in the coming months - email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to set up your appointment;
  • Nisha will host a variety of writing workshops and events this fall and winter - check our calendar for upcoming Writer in Residence events

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.

Keep up with Writer in Residence programs by liking their WIR Facebook page.

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

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

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