CBC/QWF Digital Writing Residencies

The call for applications for the 2021 CBC/QWF Digital Writer-in-Residence positions is now closed. The next call for applications will be in September 2021.

Scroll down to see the CBC/QWF Writers-in-Residence from previous years.

The CBC/QWF digital writing residencies are open to all residents of Quebec.

Winners receive:

  • Dedicated time with a CBC editor to fine-tune their story for publication on cbc.ca/montreal
  • $250 as a contributor when their story is published (early 2021).
  • Annual membership to QWF or equivalent toward QWF workshop.

CBC Quebec welcomes your pitches for point-of-view essays at all times. Please email povquebec@cbc.ca for details.

Now in its sixth year, the CBC/QWF writer-in-residence program is an opportunity to give up-and-coming writers a voice on our cbc.ca/montreal website and increase their profile in the community. Past winners include Monique PolakSarah LolleyJoshua LevyEmira Tufo, and K.B Thors.


CBC Quebec and the Quebec Writers’ Federation are pleased to announce our 2021 writers-in-residence. This year, we have selected five writers. They are: Caroline Vu, Bronwyn Averett, Kasia van Schaik, Isobel Cunningham and Caitlin Stall-Paquet.

This year, we asked all applicants to submit a 600-word non-fiction personal essay based on the theme of “light and dark.” This theme inspired the winners in different ways.


Caroline Vu

Family physician and award-winning novelist Caroline Vu approached the theme from a personal angle. For Vu, storytelling happens every day as she “listens to patients rather than just treats their symptoms” and she wanted to show that in her story.

Caitlin Stall-Paquet

Writer and translator Caitlin Stall-Paquet, whose story touches on the light and dark of loss, said this story is more personal than some of her other recent writing. As someone who grew up in the Eastern Townships, Stall-Paquet is honoured to be recognized by the anglophone writing community in Montreal and is excited to work with an editor at CBC who has experience with personal stories.

Kasia van Schaik

The pandemic has an impact on the writers-in-residence in different ways. For McGill PhD candidate and creative writing teacher Kasia van Schaik, it has taught her to find beauty in the everyday, including the views from her window, which play a role in her story. 

Isobel Cunningham

Isobel Cunningham explored her decision to downsize and move during the pandemic in her story. Doing so was a way to explore the challenges she faces and the expectations she has for her move. Cunningham, who found her love of words in Wales where she was born, said it is especially meaningful to be recognized in this way in her longtime home of Montreal.

Bronwyn Averett

Bronwyn Averett, whose work appears at carte-blanche.org and The Temz Review, said “we’re living through such an extraordinary time.” Averett is originally from Atlanta and believes that the “thoughtful reflections this series has always cultivated are more important” this year maybe more than ever. 


Previous CBC/QWF writers in residence