Berton House Writers’ Retreat

Berton House Writers' Retreat in Dawson City, Yukon Cr. Nicole Dixon, winter 2015Berton House Cr. Nicole Dixon, winter 2015


Heralded as "the best three months of your life" by past writers-in-residence, Berton House provides a remote northern setting where authors can concentrate on their work—or just get away to think. With special roots as Pierre Berton's childhood home, the cozy Dawson City cottage comes complete with a sprawling front porch and library of nostalgic canlit gems. Because every Canadian should experience the North.

Professional Canadian writers who have published at least one book and are established in any creative literary discipline (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, play/screenwriting, journalism) may apply for a three-month residency. Self-published writers or writers working in other genres are not eligible at this time. 

Current Writer-in-Residence

Sandy Pool Berton House

Sandy Pool (April to June 2018) 
Sandy Pool is the author of two poetry collections and is a past finalist for a Governor General’s Literary Award and a Trillium Book Award. While at Berton House, she will be working on a book-length poetic essay, partially set in Dawson City, that explores her response to her romantic partner’s suicide after an early-onset Alzheimer’s diagnoses.
 

About the Program

Inspired by the late Pierre Berton, Berton House is owned and operated by the Writers' Trust of Canada. Operational support is provided by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Dawson City Community Library Board, the Klondike Visitors Association, and the Whitehorse Public Library. View photos from past writers-in-residence via our Facebook page:

 

Aeroplan
Further gratitude goes to Aeroplan for their generosity in supporting travel of the writers-in-residence to and from Berton House through their Beyond Miles program. Consider donating your own miles to support the program.



Charlotte Gray“My stay at Berton House was like stepping into another dimension. I was satisfyingly productive in a house that welcomes each newcomer and allows us to focus on our work. But I also felt the pull that Dawson City, and the North, has always exerted on people: the excitement of Spring Break-up, the magnificence of the landscape, the adrenalin of endless light at midsummer. I met extraordinary people, relished my new friends’ eccentricity and creativity, and cannot wait to return.”

CHARLOTTE GRAY
Writer-in-Residence, 2008


Berton House“I came to Dawson City expecting to do a lot of typing; what I wasn't prepared for was how relentlessly fascinating a place it is. Here you're confronted with history at every corner, and the past looms large in a way you don't find most places in Canada. I had a great summer, and would recommend the Berton House residency to any writer interested in getting work done — and some thinking, too.”

PASHA MALLA
Writer-in-Residence, 2009



For more information, please contact: 
James Davies, Program Director
jdavies@writerstrust.com 416 504-8222 x 245


 


 

 

Woodcock Fund
Applications

Ongoing
 
 

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

Submissions

June 20 for books published between Jan 1 and June 19, 2018

 

Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize

Submissions

July 18 for books published between May 16 and Sept 30, 2018

 

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