Application for 2015-2016 Writer-in-Residence

The Literature Section of the Toronto Heliconian club seeks to appoint a writer- in-residence for a one-year period for the 2015-2016 season. Desirable applicants are women at the beginning or mid-point of a career in writing (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama), editing, or journalism. A woman interested in applying for the post of non-paying writer-in-residence should submit a resume of her work experience with a complete list of published works (where and when) as well as some examples of her writing. Short excerpts of longer works, not to exceed 2000 words, are acceptable.

As well, an applicant should explain why she is interested in the position, of what benefit the post would be to her and how she, in turn, could benefit the Toronto Heliconian Club and its members. A writer-in-residence is expected to attend several events over the year, and to present her work to an audience at one or more readings and/or workshops. She may have the opportunity to work on a project or workshop with other writers, musicians, and artists from the Club. Details of the residency will be discussed on an individual basis upon acceptance.

The Toronto Heliconian Club is the oldest association of its kind in Canada. Founded in 1909 to give women in the arts and letters an opportunity to meet socially and intellectually, the Club holds to its original purpose while responding to the changes of contemporary life. Founded by professional women in music, writing, painting, and drama who later were joined by those in dance, sculpture, architecture, and other professions related to the humanities, the members range in age and experience from women who have earned great distinction to those in the early stages of their careers.

The Club is currently composed of six sections: music, art, literature, dance, drama, and humanities. The latter section is composed of women who, while not professional practitioners of the above categories, have a keen interest in and knowledge of the arts. Each section meets monthly. The Club holds events on a regular basis. Several times a year members are invited to speak about their lives and careers. As well guests are invited to talk about their work. Members pay for lunch or dinner when they attend an event. Regular art exhibits, music concerts, and literary events are held and trips are occasionally arranged.

Although there is no remuneration for the position, the writer-in-residence will become a member for the current year and should she wish to become a permanent member, no initiation fee would be charged but the annual fee would be payable. The current fee is $325.

Letters of application should be sent to The Literature Section, Toronto Heliconian Club, 35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto, M5R 2E3 or by email to The deadline for applications is April 15, 2015.