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About the Program

It could be the best two months of your life — a time to reflect, to discover the Yukon, and to fully dedicate yourself to your work-in-progress. 

Berton House is situated in Dawson City, Yukon, on the traditional territory of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in. Located in the childhood home of iconic Canadian author and Writers’ Trust co-founder Pierre Berton, it has operated as a writers’ residency since 1996 and has been owned and operated by Writers’ Trust since 2007. Nearly 100 writers have served as writers-in-residence and the residency has played an influential role in the publication of dozens of manuscripts.

Poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, playwrights, and writers of children’s literature are invited to apply. Housing and travel costs to and from Dawson City are covered. Residents also receive a $4,000 stipend. Writers are required to deliver two public readings and encouraged to interact with the community during their stay.

The House

Berton House is a fully furnished two-bedroom bungalow located on Eighth Avenue, between Mission and Hanson in Dawson City, Yukon, five hundred kilometers north-west of Whitehorse.

The house is situated on the southern edge of town on “Writers’ Row,” across the street from Robert Service’s historic cabin and just up the street from Jack London’s cabin. 

The home includes a bedroom, kitchen, dining room, living room, office, and bathroom and is fully furnished and fully equipped (i.e. sheets, towels, dishes, etc). All the amenities necessary for you to immerse yourself completely in your work are provided (internet access, telephone, television, dishwasher, laundry). Plus, the house features a unique library containing treasures of the Canadian North, Pierre Berton’s voluminous collection, and works published by Berton House alumni. 

In 1989, Berton himself contributed $50,000 to the Yukon Arts Council so his childhood home, vacant and run down at the time, could be a place for Canadian authors to experience the North and pursue their craft. An eclectic and vibrant northern community, Dawson has a thriving arts scene.

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Partners

While Berton House is owned and administered by Writers' Trust of Canada, crucial operational support is provided by the Dawson City Community Library Board, the Klondike Visitors Association, and the Whitehorse Public Library. 

Further gratitude goes to Aeroplan for their generosity in supporting travel of the writers-in-residence to and from Berton House through their Beyond Miles program. Consider donating your own miles to support the program.