Thank you to our Writer-in-Residence
Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library was pleased to provide funding for the 2020-2021 Writer-in-Residence program. Award winning author Lauren Carter working from her Winnipeg home, connected with more than sixty Manitoba writers via Zoom, video chat, phone, YouTube and e-mail during her recent tenure as the Winnipeg Public Library Writer-in-Residence. Her husband called her “the writer-in-residence in our residence.”
Fortunately, Lauren has lots of experience providing digital learning for writers so despite COVID-19 restrictions she was able to mentor novelists, picture book creators, and poets. She consulted with people working on memoirs, young adult fiction, creative non-fiction and even librettos. Lauren was especially proud of the fact that a BIPOC writer she worked with won a prestigious fiction contest. During a particularly challenging year Lauren mentored a diverse group of writers who for a variety of reasons wouldn’t have received support elsewhere. Thanks to the Writer-in-Residence program, Lauren was also able to spend time working on her own novel Twisted and prepare poetry and short story collections for future publication.
Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library would like to express sincere appreciation to Lauren for the dedication and enthusiasm she brought to the 2020-2021 Writer-in-Residence program.