The Writer-in-Residence program began in 1965 due to the efforts of Desmond Pacey, head of the English Department at UNB at the time. Funding from the Canada Council helped to create the first position of it's kind in a Canadian university. The term of the appointment varies from a few months to several years, the notable exception being Alden Nowlan, who remained as Writer-in-Residence for fifteen years. Writers-in-Residence have an office in the Department of English where they meet with students and community members to provide feedback and advice on their creative writing. They also give public readings and are generally involved with the literary community.
As of 1 September 2008, UNB Saint John established the Lorenzo Writer-in-Residence program, made possible by the support of UNB president John McLaughlin. This writer-in-residence program operates on a three year term.
|1983-86||David Adams Richards|
|1985 (September - December)||John Hearne^|
|1994 (September-December)||Elisabeth Harvor|
|1996-97||Kenneth J. Harvey|
|1997 (September-December)||Carol Malyon|
|1998 (January-April)||Bill Bissett|
|2000-01||George [Douglas] Fetherling|
- First appointment of its kind at any Canadian university.
- Although funded by an outside source and not by the Department of English, Hearne did hold the title of Writer-in-Residence
- UA Case 191
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