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Meet the 2022 Writers in Residence

Rayanne Haines

Rayanne Haines
(Regional WIR)

  • Read more about Rayanne.
  • Our 2021 Writer in Residence, Nisha Patel, finishes out the year with us on December 21. She can be reached at the email below until that time. Rayanne will take over that email in early January of 2022.
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Norma Dunning

Norma Dunning
(EPL WIR)

  • Read more about Norma.
  • The 2021 EPL Writer in Residence, Vern Thiessen, finishes out his year in late December. He can be reached at the email below until that time. We will post updated contact information for Norma Dunning in early January of 2022.
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As the regional Writer in Residence, Rayanne Haines will split her time between Strathcona County, Fort Saskatchewan and St. Albert, with multiple-month stints in each community. The first stop in her residency will be Strathcona County Library, starting in early January. She will be at Fort Saskatchewan Public Library in May, and at St. Albert Public Library from July through December 2022:

  • St. Albert and area writers will be invited to connect with Rayanne for free one-on-one consultations via email, phone or online once she has begun her residence at St. Albert Public Library this summer;
  • Rayanne'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;
  • Rayanne 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
  • Fort Saskatchewan Public Library
  • St. Albert Public Library

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