After seeing initial success in its first iteration, Airdrie Public Library (APL) is expected to welcome Calgary author Simon Rose as the library’s second writer-in-residence for the month of November.

After seeing initial success in its first iteration, Airdrie Public Library (APL) is expected to welcome Calgary author Simon Rose as the library’s second writer-in-residence for the month of November.

In her temporary role, Rose will host a number of workshops and other online consultations to help local writers answer any questions they may have about the craft, as well as to share their experiences about her own career. .

“We’ve asked a lot of people about this,” said Eric Pottie, head of programming and customer engagement at APL. “We are very happy to have landed Simon, and we are delighted to do so again.”

APL showcased their very first Writer in Residence last year, when they hosted CB Forrest in November 2020 to mentor local writers and share their knowledge of the publishing industry.

Pottie said it’s important to keep this program going because APL believes having a writer-in-residence is a great way to support local storytellers who want additional help and resources.

“We want to help people develop their craft, and also support the people who write the books that might end up in our library,” he said. “We think it’s a great way to show solidarity. “

Through a variety of clubs, contests. and events, Pottie said he knows there are a lot of writers in the Airdrie area, and he hopes programs like this will help continue to develop the local literary community.

“Someone here from Airdrie might be the next Stephen King, but maybe just needs that little break,” Pottie said. “We are always enthusiastic and look forward to offering opportunities. “

Throughout the month of November, APL has scheduled four public talks or support workshops with Rose, one of which is an author’s reading where Rose will share some of her latest work.

Writing for publication, writing for children and young adults, writing beyond books, and developing a career are some of the other areas Rose will cover during her short stint at APL.

Rose has authored 18 books since her writing career began in 2003. Fifteen of them have been published, three of which are expected to be released in the future.

Originally from Derbyshire in the UK, Rose came to Canada in 1990. Now residing in Calgary, he not only writes novels and books, but also teaches courses at the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University.

Additionally, for over a decade, he acted as a consultant and editor for other writers. He said he enjoys helping writers find their rhythm, and said his breadth as a writer is helpful in doing so.

“The fact that I have such a wide experience with different genres is probably one of the factors that made APL interested in me this time around,” he said. “I don’t think there are a lot of genres that I haven’t worked on with writers.”

Rose said that while his tenure as APL’s Writer-in-Residence will be online only, he believes the virtual sphere may actually work better for writers interested in participating, especially for the blue pencil sessions which provide an opportunity for writers to receive advice and criticism from Rose.

“It works better because they have more time,” he said. “I’ll probably talk to them for an hour or more, [whereas] if it was in the library, maybe it was a bit more rushed.

According to Rose, being a published author can be a lonely existence for people who are really trying to be successful in the industry, which is why he enjoys being able to connect with other writers.

“In some ways it must be [solitary] because you are dealing with your own imagination and your characters, sitting in front of a computer all the time, ”he said. “But I think it’s important, if you have the knowledge and the experience, to share that with other people. Things like that [program] are a wonderful thing for people to experience.

Jordan Striker, AirdrieToday.com
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