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Writer in Residence
at The Merril Collection
Robert J. Sawyer will be Writer in Residence at The Merril
Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy (the SF
special collection of the Toronto Public Library) from April 1
to June 30, 2003; he will be the first writer to hold this post
since Judith Merril herself in 1987.
Members of the public can submit manuscripts to be critiqued by
Sawyer, who will meet in hour-long one-on-one sessions at The
Merril Collection with each author (at no cost to the
Sawyer will give a reading in the Beeton Auditorium of the
Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street) on Tuesday, March
18, 2003, at 7:30 p.m.; run a series of noon-hour seminars at the
Toronto Reference Library; and more.
The Merril Collection, founded in 1970 with the donation by
famed writer and editor Judith Merril of her personal SF
library, has grown into the world's largest public-library
reference collection of science fiction. Lorna Toolis is the
Sawyer, who won the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of
America's Nebula Award for Best Novel of 1995 (for
The Terminal Experiment) and has been nominated six times for the Hugo Award,
is the author of 15 SF novels, including the just-released
Humans. He is on the creative-writing faculties of the Banff
Centre for the Arts and the University of Toronto.
Manuscripts can be submitted by mail, or dropped of in person:
The Merril Collection
Lillian H. Smith Branch
Toronto Public Library
239 College Street, 3rd Floor
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1R5
Please include your phone number and/or email address so that an
appointment may be scheduled for you to come in to see the
Writer-in-Residence. Note: although manuscripts can be mailed in,
critiques will only be presented in person at the Merril Collection. You
must come to the Merril Collection for your meeting with Rob Sawyer.
Manuscript must be in standard manuscript format (see
here for details), and should be no more than 15 pages long.
The library reserves the right to limit the number of manuscripts accepted.
When you drop off your manuscript, the library staff will book an
hour-long appointment for you with the Writer in Residence. The
Merril Collection is open, and appointments can be scheduled,
Mondays to Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturdays
from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; the library is closed on Sundays and
This Writer in Residence program is sponsored by the Toronto
Public Library and the Friends of TPL's South Region.
For more information about Robert J. Sawyer's residency, please
contact The Merril Collection at (416) 393-7748.
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