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2018-19 Berton House Writers-in-residence Anakana Schofield, Sarah Mian, Carliegh Baker, Trish Salah

Writers’ Trust announces future residents of Berton House

Four notable authors to live and write in the Yukon retreat

Toronto, ONJune 6, 2018 – The Writers’ Trust of Canada announced today the 2018–19 roster of writers to attend the Berton House Writers’ Retreat, Canada’s most sought-after residency program for authors. Each writer travels to Dawson City, Yukon, to live and work for three months in the childhood home of Canadian icon Pierre Berton. Past writers-in-residence include Charlotte Gray, Lawrence Hill, and Drew Hayden Taylor.

The writers selected are:

Anakana SchofieldAnakana Schofield (July 2018 - September 2018)

Vancouver-based writer Anakana Schofield is the author of the novels Malarky and Martin John, which was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. She is working on a complex and inventive story that responds to both Jorge Luis Borges’ “The Library of Babel” and the current housing affordability crisis in her hometown.


Sarah MianSarah Mian (October 2018 - December 2018)

From Queensland, Nova Scotia, Sarah Mian was a finalist for the 2016 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour for her debut novel When the Saints. She is working on The World in Awful Sleep, a chilling account of a young couple who buy an old church in rural Nova Scotia, causing their relationship to take a dark turn.


Carleigh BakerCarleigh Baker (January 2019 - March 2019)

Carleigh Baker is a M├ętis/Icelandic writer from Vancouver. Her short story collection Bad Endings was a Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize finalist. She is working on a novel about unprepared do-gooders facing the Canadian wilderness in an attempt to save the environment, surviving only due to the generosity of the local Indigenous community.


Trish SalahTrish Salah (April 2019 - June 2019)

Toronto poet Trish Salah is the author of Lyric Sexology Vol. 1. She will be continuing this work with a second volume tentatively titled Into the Sotadic Zone. Salah’s work explores transgender fantasies encoded in feminist, autobiographical, and analytical archives and their ramifications for sexual minority subjects.


The Berton House Writers’ Retreat is an opportunity for writers to fully immerse themselves in a work, while drawing inspiration from the rich history of the house and the vibrant arts community and unique Northern spirit of Dawson City,” said Mary Osborne, executive director, Writers’ Trust of Canada. “The Writers’ Trust is excited to offer this rare experience to these four remarkable Canadian authors.

The program received 94 applications from writers across the country. This year’s selection committee was composed of two past writers-in-residence, playwright Tara Beagan and writer Emily-Pohl Weary, as well as Yukon School of Visual Arts English instructor Jeffrey Langille.

The current writer in residence is Sandy Pool, a past finalist for a Governor General’s Literary Award and a Trillium Book Award. While at Berton House she is working on The Ebbinghaus Illusion, a memoir detailing the suicide of her former romantic partner.

About the Berton House Writers’ Retreat

Created in 1996, Berton House provides a three-month residency for writers in Pierre Berton’s childhood home in Dawson City. In addition to time to focus on their writing, residents receive a monthly honorarium, perform public readings, and are encouraged to become involved with the community. Professional Canadian writers who have published at least one book and are established in any creative literary discipline are eligible. The program is administered and funded by the Writers’ Trust of Canada. Support is provided by the Dawson City Community Library, Klondike Visitors Association, and Whitehorse Public Library. Travel assistance is provided by Aeroplan through their Beyond Miles program. For further information visit

About the Writers’ Trust of Canada

The Writers’ Trust of Canada is a charitable organization that seeks to advance, nurture, and celebrate Canadian writers and writing through a portfolio of programs, including literary awards, financial grants, a fellowship, and a writers’ retreat. Writers’ Trust programming is designed to champion excellence in Canadian writing, to improve the status of writers, and to create connections between writers and readers. Canada’s writers receive more financial support from the Writers’ Trust than from any other non-governmental organization or foundation in the country.

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