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Whistler Writers Festival names 2024 Writer in Residence

Jennifer Manuel guest-starred at the 2023 Festival
A headshot of Jennifer Manuel.

Jennifer Manuel is this year's Writer in Residence for the Whistler Writers Festival (WWF). 

Manuel achieved acclaim for her short fiction and won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize in 2017 for her debut novel, The Heaviness of Things That Float, which has been optioned for film. She has published one young adult novel and two children's novels. Head to Head was a finalist for the Red Cedar Award. Her second novel, The Morning Bell Brings the Broken Hearted, was published last April. 

"Jen is an extraordinary writer and has extensive teaching experience, so this is a tremendous opportunity for writers of all levels to advance their work under a steady and supportive hand,” says WWF artistic director Rebecca Wood Barrett in a press release. “Her book was a big hit at the festival in 2023, and moved so many readers. I can’t wait for Jen to bring her talent and skill to the residency program this year."

Manuel lives on Vancouver Island and teaches English literature at Shawnigan Lake School. 

Applications for the Whistler Writer in Residence program are now open. This workshop is designed for writers who are aiming to level up their craft, or who are ready to progress on a specific project. 

More information is available here.