Berton House Writers’ Retreat

Berton HouseIn 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, nonfiction, poetry, play/screenwriting, journalism) may apply for a three-month residency.

We are now accepting applications for the 2016-17 period.



Emily Pohl-Weary, Berton House writer-in-residence summer 2015

Toronto writer Emily Pohl-Weary is currently spending the summer as our Berton House writer-in-residence. She is staying in Dawson City from July to September 2015, working on a semi-autobiographical novel set in Toronto's Parkdale neighbourhood. Check out her blog and photos for Dawson City updates.



Upcoming writers-in-residence:

Kim Fu, a novelist from Vancouver; Montreal-based author Shelagh Plunkett; and writer and spoken word poet Shauntay Grant from Halifax.

Recent writers-in-residence:        

Jacob Scheier, Beton House writer-in-residence Spring 2015  Nicole Dixon Cape Breton Writer Berton House Writer in Residence 2015  /Beagan_Tara              

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 Dawson City Community Library Board, and the Klondike Visitors Association.

Amazon.caAdditional support is provided by 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 through their Beyond Miles program. Consider donating your own miles to support Berton House.

For additional information about the program visit

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


Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
Second Deadline

September 9, 2015
For books published between Jun 10 - Sept 8

Berton House writer-in-residence

October 2, 2015

Woodcock Fund



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