The Firefly Writer in Residence Program


The Firefly Writing In Residence Program

The Firefly Writer in Residence program is a chance for us to support up-and-coming writers who are looking for a place to write, a supportive community and a larger audience for their work, while inviting them to help us broaden and deepen our work at the studio. Each year we invite a couple fierce, hardworking, and enthusiastic writers who want to become part of the fabric of our studio and contribute to this beautiful thing we call Firefly.

What we’ll provide:

  • Unlimited time in our beautiful studio to write. Whenever it’s not being used, you can come.

  • Two coaching sessions with one of the writing coaches on the Firefly team.

  • Access to our gorgeous library of books.

  • Promotion through our channels. If you have books to sell, events to promote, questions to ask, we’ll help you spread the word among our beautiful community. (If you don’t know it yet — Firefly has the best people.)

  • Stupendous resume material.

  • The chance to read your work at an end-of-year Writer In Residence reading evening at the studio.

  • A 12-month subscription to our mail-based writerly support program, Hello Writer.

  • So many warm feelings.

What we’ll ask for:

  • Two points of engagement to help us broaden our scope and reach in a way that only you know how. A point-of-engagement might be a 3-hour workshop in a genre we’re not currently covering, such as last years Afrofuturism workshops led by Writer In Residence Fiona Raye Clarke. It may be a reading that you curate and host, such as last year’s Emerging Muslim Voices reading organized by Writer In Residence Amanda Ghazale Aziz. It may be a manuscript review for a lucky Firefly community member. It may be a publication you create. Bring your creative ideas, we want to hear them. In the application we’ll ask you to make us a proposal — what do you know that we don’t? How can you bring that to help us serve and broaden our community?

This isn’t a financial exchange. This program is built on connection and support. There’s no fee to apply, there’s no stipend for participating, and we’re not looking to make money from the writer we choose. Our goal is to support an emerging writer and to create new avenues to support and grow our community at large.

We’re open to published and unpublished writers of all genres, approaches and stripes who live in or near Toronto. (We love you non-Toronto peeps, but we’re not sure how to make this program work for you.) If you think “This probably isn’t for me,” think further.

What has this program produced?

Here are some 2018 highlights:

Meet the current writers and see what they’re up to!

See our 2019 Writers In Residence here.

Here are some highlights so far:

  • “So Fresh”, a reading celebrating writers who hail from Scarborough with Writer In Residence Natasha Ramoutar. Click here for details.

  • “Speak on It”, a workshop for young writers who want to talk about their work with Writer In Residence Adom Acheampong. Click here for details.

  • “Writing Animals”, a workshop on writing about animals with Writer In Residence Nadja Lubiw-Hazard. Click here for details.

  • “Short and Sweet”, manuscript reviews with publishing advice on short fiction by three community members with Writer In Residence Anna Cavouras. Click here for details.

Want to be a Firefly Writer In Residence?

Applications will open for 2020 in the fall of 2019. Watch this space.