Region welcomes Rayanne Haines as new writer-in-residence

It will be a busy year 2022 for Rayanne Haines as the new Regional Writer-in-Residence. In addition to all the screenwriters who ask for her help and all the programs and workshops she will be offering, she also has her own project to produce.

It’s almost time to grab a number and line up virtual. The regional writer in residence 2022 is cracking her spine, and that’s a really good sign.

2022 Incoming Regional Writer in Residence Rayanne Haines can help you with all kinds of writing issues, both on the page and in your head for the free service. She takes it as a means of paying it forward; she too has already benefited from the wise and critical advice of a wise writing mentor.

“I have had tremendous mentorship from writers over the course of my career and I feel like it’s important to also give back in the same way it’s been given to me,” a- she started, suggesting that all writers can benefit from the habit of having different eyes. on their work in progress.

“I just think it’s a really invaluable resource that I wanted to be a part of,” she continued.

“One of the things that I really strive to do in any support, any mentorship, is make sure people know that I am criticizing the work, not the person. Any comment I give, I work to be. responsive to the writer and for recognizing the passion and all that they put into their work. All the feedback I give is just about the writing and how to uplift your writing, and how to make your voice and your work as strong as possible . “

Haines is no stranger to the ball game, having previously been a writer in residence for a short stint at Audreys Books. Oh, and she is also an award-winning and best-selling hybrid author of three poetry books and four urban fantasy / romance novels. His creative non-fiction essay titled It’s normal was a 2020 finalist for the Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Alberta Literary Award. His short fiction, Cutting lines, won the 2019 WGA Global Health Writing Award.

On top of all this, she is a recipient of the Edmonton Artist Trust Fund Award which teaches in the Arts and Culture Management Program at the faculty of MacEwan University of Fine Arts and Communication. She hosts the literary podcast Crow bed and is vice-president of the League of Canadian Poets. She also produces and curates films of intersectional feminist poetry and panels with writers from across the country. His latest work, Tell the birds that your body is not a gun, was published in April by Maison Frontenac.

So yes, she is qualified.

His job, from January 5, 2022, is to offer supports and programs writers of all ages and experience levels through the Metro Edmonton Federation, a consortium of the Edmonton Public Library, Fort Saskatchewan Public Library, St. Albert and the Strathcona County Library. While Haines will spend virtually time at each of the Strathcona, Fort Saskatchewan and St. Albert libraries in sequence, her counterpart Norma Dunning will spend the year stationed at the Edmonton Public Library as a writer in residence.

Haines – the poet, novelist, and essayist – knows her phone could easily ring.

“I did prepare a bit for the number of people who might ask for help, but I’m really looking forward to it. I think there are so many people who have never had the chance to see someone watch. their writing, or who may feel uncomfortable asking someone to watch what they’re writing. Being able to do that and deliver that is, I think, really important. “

While most of her mentoring work is still virtual, her intention and hope is to offer opportunities in person as soon as it is safe to do so. She has already planned programming that includes a monthly writers conversation, which is aimed at the real world, not cyber. Workshops, however, are well suited to be held online, as they can easily accommodate more people than you could fit in a single library program room.

“I know that at this time the workshop and the January conversation will be live. The goal for February is to have a face-to-face conversation with Governor General Laureate Jacqueline Baker to talk about the importance of narratives and women’s stories, ”she said, adding that it was important to her. to promote both the empowerment of women’s storytelling in storytelling and the writing of women’s history with a woman’s voice.

“That’s what I focus most of my work on, even my fantastic work, even my romantic writing, it’s about validating the woman’s narrative and the woman’s voice in the writing.”

Part of her tenure is to spend 50 percent of her time working on her own writing. Haines said his favorite project was “a manuscript of interconnected experimental fiction vignettes set in a future dystopian Alberta.”

St. Albert Public Library CEO Peter Bailey said he was pleased with Haines’ appointment.

“She is a talented writer in a number of genres and is deeply committed to fostering the growth and success of local writers,” he said. “We have had great success with the online writer-in-residence programs in 2021, and in 2022 we hope to go back to supporting aspiring writers in person as well.

Struggling St. Albert writers can learn more about the new Regional Writer-in-Residence by visiting her website at To establish a first contact, send an e-mail to [email protected]. Until December 21, those emails will be answered by outgoing 2021 regional writer-in-residence, Nisha Patel. You can stay up to date with both by visiting

For those interested in learning more about Dunning and getting in touch with her as Edmonton Library Writer in Residence, visit

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