SFU Library's Writer in Residence program
The SFU Library Non-Fiction Writer in Residence emphasizes the power of non-fiction writing to share knowledge beyond academia, enhancing the SFU community's capacity to tell compelling research and scholarship stories. This complements the Library's growing activities in the area of knowledge mobilization.
The Writer in Residence will:
Deliver workshops on non-fiction writing for public audience
Showcase non-fiction writing that brings scholarship to a public audience through public events
- Offer opportunities for SFU graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and staff to receive feedback and support on their own public writing projects
About Mark Winston, the 2020/2021 Writer in Residence
Mark L. Winston is the inaugural SFU Library Writer in Residence.
He is the recipient of the 2015 Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-fiction for his book Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive, and an Independent Publishers 2019 Gold Medal for Listening to the Bees, co-authored with poet Renée Saklikar. Dr. Winston is one of the world’s leading experts on bees and pollination, and an internationally recognized researcher, teacher and writer. He directed Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue for 12 years, where he founded the Centre’s Semester in Dialogue, a program that creates leadership development opportunities that equip and empower students to address community issues. Winston’s work has appeared in numerous books, commentary columns for the Vancouver Sun, The New York Times, the Globe and Mail, The Sciences, Orion magazine, and frequently on CBC radio and television and National Public Radio. As an award-winning writer and editor, he works with students, scientists, other professionals and writers to develop compelling non-fiction, from proposals and newspaper opinion pieces to magazine articles and books.
He currently is a Professor and Senior Fellow in Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue, and a Professor of Biological Sciences.
Q&A video series: Writing for public audiences
We asked SFU writers, researchers, and teachers to share short videos about their experiences writing for the public.
Workshops on writing for the public
SFU Library is pleased to offer a series of workshops facilitated by Mark Winston.
Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.
Manuscript consultations with the Writer in Residence
Mark Winston will be offering a limited number of writing consultations, ranging from projects in the idea phase through manuscripts. He is available to discuss potential newspaper opinion pieces, longer magazine articles, blogs or trade book projects.
Submissions are open.
Note that Dr. Winston will not be able to meet all requests, but will ensure access is distributed among graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and staff.