Berton House Writers' Retreat Guidelines

Apply to be our next writer-in-residence at Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon

Submissions for the July 2018 to June 2019 period are now open. Four writers will be selected to live and write for three months each in Dawson City, Yukon, in the childhood home of noted Canadian author Pierre Berton. Residents will receive a $6,000 honorarium, part of which may be covered by the Canada Council for the Arts’ Research and Creation grant program. (Successful Berton House applicants are required to apply to the Research and Creation program before receiving an honorarium from the Writers’ Trust.) Housing and travel costs are covered by the Writers’ Trust.

To be eligible candidates must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • have published at least one book with a professional publishing house and be established in any literary creative discipline (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, young readers, playwriting). Self-published writers or writers working in other genres are not eligible at this time.

Applicants are asked to complete an online form detailing their preferred sessions, why they would like to stay at Berton House, what they expect to work on while in Dawson City, and how the residency fits in with their goals and ambitions as a writer. Applicants are also required to submit a brief resume. Two additional items are optional:

  • a 5-10 page writing sample (strongly encouraged)
  • 1-2 book reviews.

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All applicants will be notified of the results in late April 2018.

Berton House writers-in-residence are required to perform a public reading at the Whitehorse Public Library and the Dawson City Community Library. As well, they are encouraged to engage further with the local community by holding writing workshops in the community, interacting with the public and local literary communities, participating in local events and festivals, and availing themselves and their work to local and national media.

For more information, please contact:
James Davies, Program Director
1-877-906-6548 x245



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