Faculty member named Metro Federation Writer in Residence

December 16, 2014

Gail Sidonie Sobat sees residency as an opportunity to mentor

In December, author and MacEwan University faculty member Gail Sidonie Sobat was named Metro Federation 2015 Writer in Residence for public libraries in St. Albert, Strathcona County and Fort Saskatchewan. As of January 5, she will be hosting workshops and working on her own writing.

“To be paid to write? It’s a dream,” says Gail, who teaches in the Bachelor of Communication Studies program.

She is most looking forward to mentoring others—something she has done throughout her career. She has taught at high schools and universities and is the creator and coordinator of YouthWrite, a local camp for young writers. “It’s an opportunity for young people, like a writer’s retreat, to write and work with mentors from all over the province and country.”

Gail says she has been a mentor for much of her life, and that has come through in her past writer in residence opportunities, including with Edmonton Public Schools, the Canadian Authors Association at the University of Alberta, Queens University, the United Nations International School of Hanoi, Vietnam, and in Doha, Qatar.

“It’s neat that I’ll get to extend mentorship in my work as writer in residence,” she says. “So I’m looking forward to the mentoring portion and the workshops.”

Watch for information about Gail and her future workshops on MetroWIR.com in the new year.

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