Berton House Writers’ Retreat

plunkett_dixon Berton House Writers-in-ResidencePhotos by Shelagh Plunkett and Nicole Dixon

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. 

2016-17 Writers-In-Residence 

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Stacey Matson is our current writer-in-residence, staying in Dawson City from January to March 2017. A Vancouver-based writer of novels for younger readers, including Scenes from the Epic Life of a Total Genius, she is working on a new series of YA novels about the capers of a group of pre-teen girls locked in an aquarium overnight.

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Drew Hayden Taylor (April to June 2017)
Playwright, fiction writer, and journalist Taylor, from Curve Lake, Ontario, is the author of numerous works including the novel Motorcycles and Sweetgrass and the play God and the Indian. He is working on a new play that he describes as a “comedic murder mystery from the perspective of a Native woman.”

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 Winnipeg Public Library.

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 through their Beyond Miles program. Consider donating your own miles to support Berton House.

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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.”

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.”

Writer-in-Residence, 2009

For more information about Berton House please contact: 
James Davies, Program Director
416 504-8222 x 245


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