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.
This July, we hosted Kelowna, B.C.-based author Alix Hawley, best known for her novel All True Not a Lie in It, which was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, winner of the 2015 Amazon.ca / Walrus First Novel Award, and winner of the BC Book Prize. She studied English Literature and Creative Writing at Oxford University, the University of East Anglia, and the University of British Columbia. Her story collection, The Old Familiar (Thistledown Press), was longlisted for the ReLit award. Several pieces have won accolades from the CBC, including "Witching." which won the 2017 Literary Awards Short Story Prize. Her second novel, My Name is a Knife, one of Esi Edugyan's picks for the year, was published in 2018.
Maxim loskutoff & Mikkel Rosengaard
In September, Woodbridge Farm hosted two writers-in-residence: Montana-based author Maxim Loskutoff and Danish novelist Mikkel Rosengaard, who launched their shared Midwestern and California book tours from our residency in Kingsville. Both read to the public in Pages Bookshop in nearby Detroit, Michigan. In June of this year, Loskutoff published his debut collection of short stories, Come West and See (W.W. Norton). His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Playboy Magazine, Narrative, Ploughshares, Fiction, and elsewhere. Mikkel Rosengaard is a three-time recipient of the Danish Arts Foundation's Literary Fellowship. His writing, which has been published in five languages, has appeared in The Architectural Review, BOMB, Guernica, PBS's ART21, and elsewhere. In February of this year, Rosengaard published his debut novel, The Invention of Anna (Custom House/Harper Collins).
Dani Couture is the author a novel and three collections of poetry, including the recently released Listen Before Transit (Wolsak & Wynn. Her work has been nominated for the Trillium Award for Poetry, received an honour of distinction from the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBTQ Writers and won the ReLit Award for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in publications in Canada, the US and the UK, and in several editions of Best Canadian Poetry in English. She lives in Toronto.
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 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, see our Contact page.