Berton House Writers’ Retreat
In addition to offering a unique escape from intruding distractions on a writer’s day, Berton House is also an historical destination with special roots in Canadian history as Pierre Berton's childhood home. Dawson City provides a beautiful and remote northern setting where authors can concentrate on their work, or just get away to think.
Professional Canadian writers who have published at least one book and are established in any creative literary discipline (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, play/screenwriting, journalism) may apply for a three-month residency.
James FitzGerald is the current writer-in-residence at Berton House, staying from October to December 2013. He won 2010's Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction for What Disturbs Our Blood: A Son's Quest to Redeem the Past. While staying at Berton House, Fitzgerald will work on a story about coincidence and the 1960s death of a girl named Sally.
Writers-in-residence for the 2014-15 season will be announced on January 20, 2014.
Upcoming writers-in-residence include: Clem Martini, a Calgary-based author; and Alan Cumyn, a writer from Ottawa.
Application form submissions are now closed for the 2014-15 period. Thanks for your interest, check back soon to apply for 2015-16 residencies.
Inspired by the late Pierre Berton, Berton House is owned and operated by the Writers' Trust of Canada. Operational support is provided by the Berton House Writers’ Retreat Society, Dawson City Community Library Board, and the Klondike Visitors Association.
Meet recent writers-in-residence:
Additional support is provided by Amazon.ca as part of a partnership with the Writers' Trust to advance and celebrate Canadian writers and the creation of new works.
Further gratitude goes to Aeroplan for their generosity in supporting travel of the writers-in-residence to and from the Berton House Writer’s Retreat. Consider donating your own miles to support the program (click on the Aeroplan logo for more information.)
Further information is available at the Berton House Writers’ Retreat website.
“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.”
“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.”
For more information about Berton House please contact:
James Davies, Program Director
416 504-8222 x 245