KP@C3 Kalamalka Press/Okanagan College Writer in Residence

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Kalamalka Press and Okanagan College at Caetani Centre

Tentative Date of Residency: October 1st – October 31st

Application Deadline: March 25

Application Form for Kalamalka Press Writer Residency

  • Please ensure that you have read all the guidelines prior to making application. These can be downloaded in pdf format from the website.
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  • I affirm that all information presented is complete, correct and accurate, and that any work presented is the result of my own creative efforts. I have read through the guidelines and conditions and understand my obligations to the Caetani Cultural Centre and the Artist in Residence Program as specified. The information collected on this form will be used solely by the Caetani Cultural Centre Society for the purposes of admission, registration, sponsorships, accommodation, follow-up or program evaluation, research, planning or funding purposes. Please contact us if you wish to be removed from any future mailing lists. If accepted, I agree to conduct myself in a manner that meets with the expectations of all program participants and the Caetani Cultural Centre Society. By submitting this form I agree to the above conditions.



Please read all Specific Guidelines for the Individual Programs.
Download General Guidebook – PDF


“Literature is dialogue; responsiveness. 

Literature might be described as the history of human responsiveness to what is alive and what is moribund as cultures evolve and interact with one another.”

                ~ Susan Sontag

The Caetani Cultural Centre is partnering with Kalamalka Press and Okanagan College to offer this redesigned Writer-in-Residence program. This collaboration is intended to serve as a conduit between regional and national literary cultures by welcoming authors of any genre from across Canada to the North Okanagan to live and write and commune.

The KPWIRCCC includes four weeks of accommodation and studio space at the Caetani Cultural Centre, with the possibility of extended stay, as well as a $1000 honorarium. Writers are responsible for their own transportation, food, and supplies.


“I arrived in the Okanagan expecting the gorgeous mountains and keen students, but what disarmed me and made the Kalamalka Press Writer-in-Residence position unique were the flourishes: the comedic sound of horse chestnuts falling on daydreaming cars, the casual sublime of the Enderby cliffs, the open hearts of the many writers living in the valley, the stories I heard in my favourite Vernon bar, the extravagance of Caravan Farm Theatre’s Halloween party, the visiting artist from Saskatchewan who knelt for a week in the front yard rearranging those fallen chestnuts into a more human pattern and, through it all, day and night, the courteous ghost of Sveva Caetani, my taciturn and moody companion, who roamed the Caetani House and helped with my negligence by gently shutting cupboard doors I absentmindedly left open behind me.”

~ Moez Surani, 2015 Writer-in-Residence


For over ten years, Kalamalka Press and Okanagan College operated a writer-in-residency plan in coordination with the Mackie Lake House Society. This program brought to the region numerous talented poets, essayists, and novelists, including Dennis Cooley, Robert Kroetsch, Mona Fertig, Brenda Schmidt, Gary Geddes, Peter Midgley, Leona Theis, and Kathleen Brown. Several of these authors have published notable creative and critical works that were composed or conceived of during their Mackie Lake House residencies. In 2015, the program was moved to the more centrally-located Caetani Cultural Centre, in part, to accommodate longer tenancies for visiting writers.


Writers-in-Residence are encouraged to participate in or facilitate a community event or two, such as a reading, visits to creative writing classes, or a public writing workshop. The Caetani Cultural Centre and Kalamlka Press will help facilitate these events.

As a relatively new program, the Caetani Centre is interested in feedback and constructive criticism, and requests that the participant submit an exit survey upon completion of their project.

Writers-in-Residence are also invited to contribute a book or text to the Caetani Cultural Centre’s community library.


Candidates will be reviewed by the Kalamalka Press editorial board, while the selection process will consider equally the applicant’s curriculum vitae, the merit of the work to be conducted during the residency, and general suitability for the program.


For sponsored AIR programs, the successful applicant is required to submit a reservation/cancellation deposit of $200. This will be invoiced via Paypal and can be paid on-line in Canadian funds. The deposit of $200 will be refunded via Paypal upon the arrival of the writer at the Centre for the specified program.


In the event of cancellation by the writer after committing to the accepted program, the Caetani Cultural Centre reserves the right to retain up to and including the full amount on deposit. The Centre will make every effort to find a substitute writer to take the place of the accepted writer in the event of cancellation. A minimum $50 processing fee will be retained if another writer agrees to take your place.


Open to emerging and established writers in any genre: poetry, fiction, playwriting, new media, nonfiction, hybrid works, etc. The residency (test-run year) is scheduled for the month of October, 2016.

Deadlines: Applications for this season should be emailed no later than March 25, 2016. Note that dates are tentative and may change or be flexible.

Please Apply on-line here. Applicants are asked to provide an introductory cover letter, a literary curriculum vitae, and brief proposal of work to be completed during the residency.


Writers are responsible for their own food requirements and should have their own transportation (see below).

Please note:

  1. The residency does not include travel expenses, food, health insurance, writing supplies, shipping, or other personal expenses.
  2. Double-occupancy can be considered for an additional fee of $5/night ($150/mo). No pets or children please.
  3. Most participants apply for grants to institutions, foundations, universities, government agencies, etc. in their country/province of origin to assist with funding their stay.
  4. The Caetani Centre does not provide daily cleaning of the studios or rooms, or daily meals. Residents are expected to maintain their studio spaces and rooms, shared common areas of the kitchen, bathroom and other common areas in a clean, tidy and orderly manner, with respect for the other residents using the space.

Residential Accommodation

Writer’s Live/Work space in the Caetani Room – 19’ x 14’-2”, (5.8 m x 4.3 m)

  • Private one bedroom (queen-sized bed, clothes storage, desk with chair).
  • Double occupancy may be considered. Please indicate on your application form.
  • Shared 4-piece full bathroom
  • Shared kitchen/eating area.
  • Shared communal gathering space in the Library
  • Parking for one vehicle onsite
  • Bed linens, towels, and cleaning supplies are provided by the Centre.
  • Coin-operated laundry onsite
  • Access to Internet and Library
  • Writers are responsible for their own travel, health insurance, food requirements, materials, equipment, and should have their own transportation. The Caetani Centre residential accommodation is within walking distance to most downtown shopping amenities, and taxi service is available to the site. If you plan to rent a car for the entire 4-week period, expect to budget a minimum of $1000. Alternate arrangements for transportation may be made through volunteers and staff whenever possible, but cannot be guaranteed. A complementary bicycle and helmet are also available for the resident’s use (at their own risk).


The Caetani House is located two blocks from downtown Vernon, and is within walking distance or public transportation to shopping, as well as most public facilities and amenities. Bike trails and bus service are available to larger centres.

Kalamlka Press and Okanagan College are located 5 minutes south of the city of Vernon at the top of a hill, approximately a 5-10 minute drive from the Caetani Centre.

The Greater Vernon community offers hiking trails, nature centres, a public art gallery and arts centre, performing arts centre, recreation centre, Vernon Community Music School, commercial galleries, library, science centre, and shopping. We are located between three lakes: Kalamalka Lake, Okanagan Lake and Swan Lake, and 25 minutes from world class cross country and downhill skiing, and mountain biking at Silver Star Mountain. 30 minutes from Kelowna International Airport. 5 hours from Vancouver by car. Vernon has a small airport with limited access.

Please Contact Us if you require additional information.


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