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Writers’ Trust names Eden Robinson recipient of $50,000 Fellowship

Initiative to recognize leading writers of our time will continue as annual program

November 7, 2017 – Toronto – At a gala event tonight in Toronto, the Writers’ Trust of Canada named Eden Robinson the third recipient of the Writers’ Trust Fellowship. Intended to free writers substantially from financial concerns and provide a window in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible, the Writers’ Trust Fellowship comes with an award of $50,000.

Originally conceived as a three-year initiative to distribute $150,000 to Canadian writers by 2017, the Writers’ Trust Fellowship will now continue as an annual program. The unrestricted Fellowship is awarded to a writer who has demonstrated exceptional creative ability and outstanding promise in their publications to date. Eden Robinson joins past Writers’ Trust Fellows Michael Crummey and Miriam Toews.

The announcement was made at the Writers’ Trust Gala, a black-tie fundraiser held at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto, attended by more than 400 guests, including more than 50 guest authors. This year’s event, hosted by comedian, radio host, and author Steve Patterson, is expected to raise more than $250,000 to support Writers’ Trust programming.

“I’m deeply honoured and humbled to be chosen for the third Writers’ Trust Fellowship,” said Eden Robinson. “The jury’s faith in my career means the world to me and I plan to take this opportunity to write my heart out. Much gratitude and love.”


Eden Robinson is all about story. With razor-sharp precision, madcap humour, and a preternatural gift for dialogue, she creates stories that are sometimes brutal, often compassionate, and always disarming. Hers are stories that must be told, and that must be read, stories that move at a cracking pace. In the wake of the blunt trauma of colonization and its ensuing dislocation and dysfunction, Eden Robinson’s characters are magnetic, resilient, and spirited, even when they might be a bit twisted. She brings a fresh and fearless perspective to the literature of this land. Our country is richer for the writing of Eden Robinson.

2017 Writers' Trust Fellowship recipient Eden Robinson

About Eden Robinson

Eden Robinson is a novelist and short fiction writer from the Haisla and Heiltsuk First Nations. Her debut collection of stories, Traplines, won Britain’s Winifred Holtby Prize in 1997. Her first novel, Monkey Beach, which combines contemporary realism with Haisla mysticism, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and a Governor General’s Literary Award, and received the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Her most recent novel, Son of a Trickster, the first volume in a projected trilogy, was published earlier this year and has been shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Robinson gave the 2010 Henry Kreisel Memorial Lecture, which was published as the memoir The Sasquatch at Home: Traditional Protocols & Modern Storytelling. She is a recipient of the Writers’ Trust Engel/Findley Award and the University of Victoria’s Distinguished Alumni Award. She has been a Writer-in-Residence at the Whitehorse Public Library, and works with the Writers in Electronic Residence program, which links schools across the country with professional writers. Robinson lives in Kitamaat Village, BC.

“The Writers’ Trust is delighted to recognize Eden Robinson’s fresh, fierce, and funny work through this Fellowship,” said Mary Osborne, executive director of the Writers’ Trust. “We look forward to the many stories Eden has yet to write, and to continuing to grow the community of Writers’ Trust Fellows year after year.”

The Writers’ Trust Fellow is invited to attend a two-week, self-directed residency at the Leighton Artists’ Colony at The Banff Centre.

Fellows are selected by Canadian literature experts through a two-tier adjudication process: an initial recommendation panel and a final selection committee. Members of the panel and selection committee are guaranteed anonymity. The Writers’ Trust accepts nominations for the Fellowship. Nomination forms for the 2018 Fellow will be available in the new year.

Additional information about the Writers’ Trust Fellowship is available at

About the Writers’ Trust Fellowship

Created to honour the leading writers of our time, the Writers’ Trust Fellowship annually awards one writer $50,000 for demonstrating exceptional creative ability and outstanding promise in their publications to date, and displaying promise to add to that work. Writers working in the categories of fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry, or literature for young people, and at any stage of their careers, are considered. The Writers’ Trust Fellowship was inaugurated in 2015 as a three-year initiative. In 2017 it was announced that the Fellowship would continue as an annual program.

About the Writers’ Trust

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 that includes ten national literary awards, a fellowship, financial grants, scholarships, 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: more than $500,000 each year.


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