WRITER IN RESIDENCE

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Ivan Coyote is a writer and storyteller. Born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, they are the author of twelve books, the creator of four films, six stage shows, and three albums that combine storytelling with music. Coyote’s books have won the ReLit Award, been named a Stonewall Honour Book, been longlisted for Canada Reads, and been shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Prize for non-fiction. In 2017 Ivan was given an honorary Doctor of Laws from Simon Fraser University for their writing and activism. They have toured public schools solo around the world for 17 years now, using the power of a personal story to fight bullying and make schools safer for students, staff and parents. In 2019 Ivan will mark 25 years on the road as an international touring storyteller and musician, and release their new book, ReBent Sinner, with Arsenal Pulp Press. 

“Coyote resists reading trans-ness in hindsight, refuses to centre trans-ness as the single primary concern in trans lives and, in this regard, is quietly radical. Late in the reading, I realized this is a book about family. An emotionally powerful memoir by a great storyteller about normal life.”- Jade Colbert, The Globe and Mail, Nov 2016

“lovely, immensely compassionate and classics of the form.” - Brett Joseph Grubisic, The Vancouver Sun, Oct 2016

 

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As Writer in Residence and Shadbolt Fellow, Ivan Coyote is available for one-on-one consultations with creative writers from the SFU and wider community. Writers will have the opportunity to receive feedback and editorial advice on sections of manuscripts of prose and poetry. Appointments are generally 45 - 50 minutes in length, and will take place at SFU’s Burnaby campus.

Booking an appointment with Ivan

  • Students and the general public are welcome to request appointment times.
  • Please fill out the form below to book an appointment. You will receive a response with details and available dates.

Book an appointment

All one-on-one appointments are now filled.

Now accepting bookings for the following workshop:

How Do I Put This?

A non-fiction writing workshop

Join author and storyteller Ivan Coyote for this free workshop crafted to get you writing from real life onto a real page. We will talk about the how and why of literary non-fiction, form, craft, outlines, and even do some writing exercises designed to get you started, or rekindle your love of your own story. Please bring a pen and notebook or your laptop. Maximum 25 participants, so reserve your spot now.

Thursday, March 28 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm | SFU Harbour Centre

 

With Thanks
The Ellen & Warren Tallman Writer in Residence Program gratefully acknowledges generous support from the Shadbolt Endowment, Canada Council for the Arts, SFU's Dean of Arts and Social Sciences, SFU's Department of English, and the Ellen & Warren Tallman Endowment.

Past Writers in Residence:
2004/05 Daphne Marlatt
2005/06 Larissa Lai
2006/07 Fred Wah
2007/08 Wayde Compton
2008/09 Hiromi Goto
2009/10 Michael Turner
2011/12 Co-sponsored a series of literary events in collaboration with the Audain Gallery
2012/13 Marie Clements
2013/14 Madeleine Thien
2014/15 Rawi Hage
2015/16 Jordan Scott
2016/17 Cecily Nicholson
2018 Anakana Schofield

Writer-in-Residence Committee:
The Writer-in-Residence Committee has been established by the English Department to work in consultation with the resident writer to design and coordinate his/her schedule of duties and activities. Committee members include Paul Budra (Department Chair), Clint Burnham, David Chariandy, Stephen Collis, Jeff Derksen, Christine Kim, Sophie McCall, and Sean McGarragle (graduate student representative).