Berton House Writers’ Retreat

View from the Dome, Dawson City Yukon Cr past Berton House writer-in-residence Tim FalconerView from the Dome, photos by Tim Falconer


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. 

Current Writer-in-Residence

Eva Holland

Eva Holland
is a guest writer-in-residence at Berton House for August 2017. A freelance writer based in Whitehorse, her main focus has recently been on narrative nonfiction. She is a former associate and contributing editor at Up Here, an award-winning magazine focused on the Canadian north, and a founding contributor to Vela, an online magazine of creative nonfiction.

Upcoming 2017-18 Writers-in-Residence

Wendi Stewart Berton House

Wendi Stewart (September to December 2017) 
Wendi Stewart is a writer from Wolfville, Nova Scotia, and the author of the novel Meadowlark. She will be working on her third novel, War Paint, which tells the story of a white teacher in a First Nations school and tackles issues of truth and understanding.

Lawrence Hill Berton House

Lawrence Hill (January to March 2018) 
Lawrence Hill is the author of the novels The Book of Negroes and The Illegal, both of which won the Canada Reads competition. He is working on his 11th book, The Highway, about 3,000 African-American soldiers who were shipped from the Deep South to northern Canada to build the Alaska Highway. Hill visited the Berton House for four weeks in 2012 to fill in during a last-minute vacancy.

Sandy Pool Berton House

Sandy Pool (April to June 2018) 
Sandy Pool is currently a visiting scholar at the University of Calgary. She is the author of two poetry collections and a past finalist for a Governor General’s Literary Award and a Trillium Book Award. She will be working on The Ebbinghaus Illusion, a memoir detailing the suicide of her former romantic partner.

Elizabeth Ruth Berton House

Elizabeth Ruth (July to September 2017) 
Toronto-based writer Elizabeth Ruth is the author of three novels, including Ten Good Seconds of Silence, which was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. She will be working on her first collection of poetry, This Report Is Strictly Confidential, inspired by the experience and records of a developmentally delayed family member who was institutionalized long-term in a notorious residential hospital. 

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 Whitehorse Public Library.

Aeroplan
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 bertonhouse.ca


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.”

CHARLOTTE GRAY
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.”

PASHA MALLA
Writer-in-Residence, 2009


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

 





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