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Edna Staebler Writer-in-Residence

Every other year, we invite a popular Canadian author to participate in our Writer-in-Residence program.

Each author provides a series of public workshops at our libraries, and provides one-on-one coaching to selected local writers.

Our next Writer-in-Residence will be announced Spring 2018.



Kelley Armstrong

Previous Writer-in-Residence

We were thrilled to host New York Times #1 bestselling author Kelley Armstrong as our 2016 Writer-in-Residence.

Armstrong is a Canadian author of several immensely popular series, including Women of the Otherworld, The Darkest Power, the Cainsville series, The Blackwell Pages trilogy, and more, as well as several stand-alone novels. She writes both fantasy and crime novels, and writes for adults, middle-grade, and young adult readers. 

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About the Writer in Residence Program

Edna Staebler

Edna Staebler
(Photo Credit: Waterloo Region Record)

In 1996, Kitchener Public Library’s Writer-in-Residence program was established by acclaimed author and library advocate, Edna Staebler. Her generous endowment is intended to provide local writers with the expertise needed to develop their craft, as well as encouragement to "keep at it".

Past Writers-in-Residence at KPL have included:

  • Kelley Armstrong
  • Joy Fielding
  • Kenneth Oppel
  • Nino Ricci
  • Trevor Cole 
  • Elizabeth Ruth    
  • Robert J. Sawyer    
  • Wayson Choy     
  • Lyn Hamilton
  • Andrew Pyper
  • Kathy Stinson    
  • John B. Lee
  • Welwyn Wilton Katz
  • Betty Jane Wylie
  • Jack Batten
  • Veronica Ross
  • Janet Lund