With plans to bring his own flavour to town, Michael Hingston prepares for his first gig as writer in residence.
Hingston has been named 2018 Metro Federation Writers in Residence, along with Darrin Hagen.
Hingston will start his 12 month journey as writer in residence at the Strathcona County Library from January to April. After that he will be at the Fort Saskatchewan Public Library from May to June.
“There’s kind of a well known group of writers who publish regularly in journals and things like that in the Edmonton area, but I know there’s a lot of other writers working on their craft more privately,” said Hingston. “They’re still working on stuff they haven’t gotten to a state where they are ready to show the general public yet and that’s where the writer in residence comes in.”
He gets to work with people on drafts along the way, offer advice and help people get stories out into the world.
“More writing happens when you’re alone in a room, but we all benefit from talking and sharing our work with others. I can’t wait to meet the great writers in these communities and help them produce something really special,” said Hingston.
Fort Saskatchewan Public Library director, Michele Feser said, “we are very fortunate to be a part of this unique program for our community. It enables the Fort Saskatchewan Public Library to share and showcase literary talent that is high caliber and local.”
Hingston is a journalist and best selling author, having published his first book called, The Dilettantes in 2013. His next book about Calvin and Hobbes will hit the shelves in spring 2018.
Finishing up its fifth year, the Metro Federation Writer in Residence program says goodbye to its 2017 writers, David van Belle and Richard Van Camp. Van Camp was the Fort’s writer in residence.
The four libraries that take part in the program are the Edmonton Public Library, Fort Saskatchewan Public Library, St. Albert Public Library and Strathcona County Library.