The Mordecai Richler Writer-in-Residence Program


McGill University and the Faculty of Arts are seeking philanthropic support for the Mordecai Richler Writer-in-Residence Program. This exciting initiative – named in honour of one of Canada's most compelling writers, Mordecai Richler, DLitt'00 – builds on the University's academic leadership in the areas of languages, literature and the media.


Inspiring a New Generation of Writers

Situated in both the Department of English and the Département de langue et littérature françaises (DLLF) within the Faculty of Arts, this unique Program nurtures new talent by providing valuable insight into the creative process. The Mordecai Richler Writer-in-Residence Program offers students an enriching opportunity to study practical and theoretical approaches to writing for such media as television, film, radio, stage, interactive media and print publications. It also creates a more dynamic interface with existing literary translation programs in the Département de langue et littérature françaises and enhances the Program's visibility in the French-speaking cultural community both in Canada and abroad. This ability to attract accomplished writers from diverse stylistic and linguistic traditions to a single university is undoubtedly unique to Montreal and McGill University.

Writers selected for the prestigious writer-in- residence position are expected to teach one course each year, give public lectures and readings, advise undergraduate and graduate students as required, organize writing workshops and generally participate in the creative and intellectual life of the departments and the Faculty. One of the immediate goals of the Program is to establish a literary journal and to include the writers on the editorial board. These well-respected writers – with industry experience in areas ranging from poetry to digital media – enrich teaching, scholarship and public outreach in both departments. Their interdisciplinary backgrounds also help to create links with other departments, institutes and centres in the Faculty of Arts, including the Department of Art History and Communication Studies and the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC).

The 2014-2015 Writers: Anita Rau Badami and Suzanne Jacob

badami_copyThe Department of English is pleased to announce that Anita Rau Badami is the new Richler Writer-In-Residence for the 2014-2015 year. Anita is the author of four novels: Tamarind Mem, The Hero’s Walk, Can You Hear the Nightbird Call? and Tell it to the Trees. Her short stories and articles have appeared in national and international periodicals. Anita’s books are critically acclaimed and have been published in more than a dozen languages across the world. She is the recipient of awards including the Marian Engel Prize, the Regional Commonwealth Award and the Premio Berto Prize for International Literature. Her books have also been nominated for other awards such as the Hugh MacLellan Prize for fiction, the Orange Prize for Literature, the IMPAC Dublin Prize, and the Kiriyama Prize for Fiction. She is currently working on her fifth book. 


jacob_0Suzanne Jacob est l’écrivain en résidence au DLLF en 2014-2015.  Elle est née à Amos en Abitibi. Elle a fait ses études classiques au Collège de Nicolet (baccalauréat ès arts de l’université Laval). Après un bref passage à la faculté des Lettres de l’université de Montréal, Suzanne Jacob entreprend une vie qui la conduit à l’écriture, comme elle l’a racontée dans ses essais Écrire, comment, pourquoi, La bulle d’encre et Histoires de s’entendre. Poésie, nouvelles, chroniques, scénarios, romans, Suzanne Jacob a pratiqué presque tous les genres. Son roman Laura Laur s’est mérité le prix du Gouverneur général et le prix Paris-Québec. Du dernier paru de ses romans, Gilles Marcotte a écrit, dans Actualité : « Fugueuses est un roman violemment original, d’une écriture superbement intelligente, fertile en dérapages contrôlés, qui agrippe son lecteur dès la première page et ne le lâchera plus, même après la fin de sa lecture»


The 2013-2014 Writers: Anosh Irani and Marc Zaffran

The Department of English is pleased to announce that

Anosh Irani is the new Writer-in-Residence for the 2013-2014 year. Mr. Irani was born and brought up in Bombay, India, and moved to Vancouver in 1998.  He is the author of the novels The Cripple and His Talismans and The Song of Kahunsha, the latter of which was a finalist for CBC Radio's Canada Reads and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and which has been published in thirteen countries, achieving best seller status in Canada, China, and Italy. His play Bombay Black won 4 Dora Mavor Moore Awards, including Outstanding New Play. Irani was also nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Drama for his anthology The Bombay Plays: The Matka King & Bombay Black.  His latest novel Dahanu Road was longlisted for the 2010 Man Asian Literary Prize.  

Marc Zaffran (dont le nom de plume est Martin Winckler) est l’écrivain en résidence au DLLF en 2013-2014. Il succède à Élise Turcotte dans le cadre du programme d’écrivain en résidence Mordecai-Richler. Il donne un atelier d’écriture narrative à l’automne 2013 et un atelier de création littéraire à l’hiver 2014. Auteur d’une quinzaine de romans ainsi que de nouvelles, de contes, de récits autographiques, d’essais, de chroniques radiophoniques et de traductions littéraires, scientifiques et médicales, Marc Zaffran s’est également intéressé à la création audio-visuelle. Il a présenté de nombreuses communications et conférences et a donné des ateliers de création à l’Université de Montréal, à l’Université d’Ottawa et aux étudiants en médicine de l’Université McGill.

Our Donors: Thank You

  • Ms. Mary Abthorpe
  • Mr. and Mrs. Tony and Elizabeth Comper
  • Ms. Debbie Dankoff
  • Ms. Donna Hayes
  • G.H. Stanley Mills Memorial Trust Fund
  • Donner Canadian Foundation
  • Harlequin Enterprises Limited
  • Mr. John Arthur Neal
  • Random House
  • Mrs. Florence Richler
  • Mr. and Mrs. Donald and Anita J. Wood
  • The Walrus Foundation
To inquire about making a gift, contact:

debbie.dankoff [at] (Debbie Dankoff) , Director of Development, Development & Alumni Relations Office, Faculty of Arts, 514-398-6590