Fall 2016 Writer in Residence

Erin Bow in Rossland, BC - October 24 - 28, 2016

Erin Bow’s residency in Rossland, BC truly demonstrates the effect a writer can have on a community.

At Rossland Summit School, Bow inspired students to write ‘for the love of it.’ With her combination of energy, warmth and ability to see from the teenage perspective, Bow quickly connected with students and, in addition to leading engrossing workshops about various aspects of writing, met one-on-one with students in order to provide personalized feedback on their writing.

Nicola Kuhn, a Teacher-Librarian at the school, wrote,

“Participating in the Writers in Residence Program with Erin Bow was a highlight of my 20-year teaching career […] I am still hearing from parents about how much their son or daughter loved the week they spent with Erin and what an impact she had on everyone. I feel very fortunate to have met Erin and witness the impact she had on my students.”

In addition to her work at the high school, Bow was quickly welcomed into the local writing community. As part of her residency, she was welcomed into the home of a local writer and spent an evening with writers and readers discussing all things literary, ending with a reading of one of her poems.


Erin Bow is a physicist turned poet turned author of young adult novels. She has written six books: three novels, two volumes of poetry, and a memoir. Plain Kate received Canada’s top award for children’s literature, the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, and her third novel, The Scorpion Rules, was a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year. In her latest novel, The Swan Riders, a stunning follow-up to The Scorpion Rules, treacherous twists await the protagonist, Greta.