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Writer-In-Residence program helps local writers of all genres

February 22, 2019

Whether you are writing a children’s book or a screenplay, Jordan Wheeler can offer some guidance.

“The frightening step, the vulnerable step, is to have someone else look at it,” said Wheeler. “Even professional writers get that nervous anticipation.”

Wheeler was selected as the Winnipeg Public Library 2018-2019 Writer-in-Residence. He has been writing for more than three decades and has written for several TV shows including Arctic Air and North of 60. He wrote his first book when he was 18 years old.

Since starting his term in October, Wheeler has met with several writers looking for feedback on their work.

“When I sit down with people and give them my notes and we talk through the story and discuss what their intent is, they seem to be quite happy with the feedback they get,” he said.

Manuscripts of all genres can be submitted until March 15, 2019. Wheeler encourages any emerging or established writers to consider using the program.

“Everyone has an innate ability to tell a story,” said Wheeler. “The storytelling ritual is as old as human beings and it’s just taking that first step to get over the anxiety and over the fear.”