Since 2016, Woodbridge Farm has invited established and emerging authors to enjoy free summer residencies.
By inviting authors for peaceful and productive residencies on the lakefront in Kingsville, introducing them to members of our local arts community, and encouraging them to promote our region’s reputation for beauty and excellence, we work to bridge the divide between Windsor-Essex-Detroit and our nations' culture capitals.
Through collaboration with businesses, publishers, non-profit organizations, and individuals, our aim is to help enrich and support our community.
Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Diane Schoemperlen is the Governor General’s Award winning author of twelve works of fiction and non-fiction, most recently the national bestselling memoir, This Is Not My Life (HarperCollinsCanada), a current finalist for the $25,000 RBC Taylor Prize. First Things First: Selected Stories (Biblioasis), a gathering of her earliest and uncollected short stories, will be on sale in May 2017. Schoemperlen is a recipient of the Marian Engel Award from the Writers’ Trust of Canada. She joins us from her home in Kingston, Ontario, where she writes and blogs for Huffington Post Canada.
Recent interviews, profiles, and reviews:
"In love with an inmate," The Agenda with Steve Paikin
"Diane Schoemperlen’s This is Not My Life will resonate with anyone who’s ever found themselves in love with the ‘wrong person’," Stacey May Fowles, The Globe and Mail
André Alexis was born in Trinidad and grew up in Canada. His novel Fifteen Dogs won the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. His debut novel, Childhood, won the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Trillium Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. His other books include The Hidden Keys, Pastoral (nominated for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize), Asylum, Beauty and Sadness, Ingrid & the Wolf, Despair and Other Stories of Ottawa, and Lambton, Kent and Other Vistas: A Play. He was recently awarded Yale University's prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize.
Recent interviews, profiles, and reviews:
"A review of The Hidden Keys," André Forget, The Rusty Toque
about the summerhouse and property
The two-story lakefront summerhouse, built in 1911, is among the oldest in the county. Laid with yellow brick—an unusual material at the time of its construction—the home has three bedrooms, a washroom, a kitchen, an enclosed patio, a wood-burning fireplace, an extensive library, and an office with a panoramic view over Lake Erie.
The surrounding grounds include an organic garden, a wooded ramble, an orchard, and unrestricted access to over one hundred meters of pristine shoreline. Intended as a place to write and read without distraction, resident authors enjoy exclusive, sole access to the house during their stay.
Kimberly Fahner was recently named Sudbury, Ontario's first female Poet Laureate. She has published three books of poetry, You Must Imagine The Cold Here (Scrivener Press, 1997), braille on water (Penumbra Press, 2001), and The Narcoleptic Madonna (Penumbra Press, 2012). Kim has also written two plays, "Ghost of a Chance" and "Sparrows Over Slag." She is currently completing her fourth collection of poems, as well as her first novel, which is set in the Northern Ontario mining town of Creighton.
A former co-owner of the splendid Argo Bookshop in Montreal, Eckerlin is currently a student of arts at the University of Toronto. His poetry has appeared in The Puritan, This Magazine, Hart House Review, Canadian Notes & Queries, and other journals. He is the author of two chapbooks: We Are Not the Bereaved (Frog Hollow Press, 2012); and Thrush (Biblioasis, 2016), which was published to commemorate his stay at Woodbridge Farm. Copies of Thrush, which the Kingsville Reporter called "fierce and fearless and fine," can be purchased here.
about the residencies
Please note that all free residencies are offered by invitation only. Though the Woodbridge Farm is not currently accepting applications, this policy may change in the future. For information on how to stay current, or to inquire about paid residencies, see our Contact page.