WINNIPEG, MB – The University of Winnipeg’s Department of English is proud to announce the internationally renowned and award winning author, David Bergen, as the Carol Shields Writer in Residence for 2010.
As Writer-in-Residence, he will have an office in the English Department of the University of Winnipeg and will meet with writing students and members of the public in private consultations from January 1 until April 30, 2010.
Bergen’s name resonates internationally as an award-winning writer. He has won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award (three times), the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction and the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award. In 2007, he received an Honorary Doctorate from The University of Winnipeg and in 1985, he graduated from The University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of Education degree.
Bergen is accustomed to mentoring. He has spent fifteen years in the public school system teaching High School English and Creative Writing, and has been an instructor at the Banff School of Writing, at the Humber School of Writing, and his alma mater, The University of Winnipeg.
Carol Shields was known for cultivating emerging writers, mentoring students and members of the writing community and the Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence Program continues this legacy which was established in 2005. Bergen’s residency has been made possible by the Carol Shields family and the Canada Council for the Arts.