Library Residency for Writers


November 25 2021



Résidence en bibliothèque pour écrivain-e-s

Are you a writer living in Montréal? Do you love public libraries and want to carry out a cultural mediation project in one? You could get a writing grant to complete an artistic project together with the host library’s users.

Library Residency for Writers


Who is eligible to apply?

Open to individual writers only

What are the program objectives?

The creation residency includes a cultural mediation project. It was developed based on the following objectives:

  • allow a writer to develop a personal creation project
  • complete a cultural mediation project by meeting with library users and people in the neighbourhood community
  • raise awareness among the general public of a writer’s work, including more practical aspects such as grants, research and publishing contracts
  • offer an opportunity for a writer to be available to the public
What does the residency entail?

The six-month residency takes place from May to October 2022. The writer must be available 25 hours a week, including 10 hours at the host library in a space set up for this purpose.

Depending on their skills, interests and abilities, the writer may also give talks on different aspects of their artistic work for a variety of audiences. They can draw on the support and expertise of library staff and utilize existing programmed activities. The writer can also provide coaching and creation sponsorship, or even offer writing services to the public.


What type of assistance is provided?

The writer will be awarded a $15,000 grant, $10,000 from the Conseil and $5,000 from the host library, through a partnership between the Conseil des arts de Montréal and the Union des écrivaines et des écrivains québécois (UNEQ), in collaboration with the Direction des bibliothèques of Montréal libraries.

What is the duration of the support?

The residence is for six months.

The host library for 2022 is:

  • The Bibliothèque du Vieux-Saint-Laurent (Saint-Laurent borough)


What are the general eligibility criteria?
  • have published at least one book (in any genre, including comics) from a recognized and accredited publisher
  • reside on the Island of Montréal, in any borough
  • be available 25 hours a week, including at least 10 hours a week at the borough library for a period of six months, from May to October 2022
  • have not obtained a residency through this program in the last three years
When must the project be carried out?

The residency runs from May to October 2022 for a period of six months.

How many applications will be accepted?

One residency project will be accepted.

Questions about certain terms?

Consult our glossary


How can I submit an application?

Visit the l’Union des écrivaines et des écrivains québécois (UNEQ) website to learn more and submit your application.


How are applications evaluated?

Applications will be evaluated by a jury composed of a representative from the Conseil, UNEQ and the host library.

What are the evaluation criteria?

The jury will consider the program objectives and the following criteria:

  • the artistic and didactic quality of the proposed cultural mediation project, as well as the project’s timeline, objectives, originality and connection to the writer’s personal creation work
  • contribution to the borough community
  • writer’s ability to complete their project
What is the response time?

The UNEQ will announce the selected writer in December 2021.


How will the artist grant be paid?

The grant offered by the Conseil will be paid through the UNEQ.



Accepting payment of the grant constitutes, for the writer, an undertaking to complete the activities covered by the grant and to comply with the accompanying conditions, which will be communicated upon selection of the application.

The writer undertakes to:

  • carry out the proposed project as planned
  • notify the Conseil as soon as possible if unable to carry out the project in the fiscal year for which the grant was awarded. Depending on the situation, a full or partial refund may be requested
  • if requested, submit activity reports and financial statements at the required times
  • if applicable, include in the report photographs, videos or any other relevant, royalty-free visuals that the Conseil may use for promotional or archival purposes

The selected writer must provide a brief report of their experience. The UNEQ will also ask the writer to participate in its experience evaluation process.

Visibility Standards and Logos

Arts organizations, collectives or individual receiving grant from the Conseil must mention this funding in their information, promotional, or advertising material.

Need more information?
Jean-Sébastien Marsan
Director of communications — UNEQ

514 849-8540 #225