Writer Charlie Foran has been named the new executive director of the Writers’ Trust of Canada. He’s familiar with the organization, having won its Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction as well as a $ 50,000 fellowship established a few years ago.
His books include biographies “Mordecai: The Life and Times” and “Maurice Richard,” non-fiction including “The Last House of Ulster: A Family in Belfast,” and fiction including the novel “Planet Lolita.” He also has administrative chops, having recently served as the CEO of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship.
“The Writers’ Trust is essential to the cultural life of Canada,” said Foran in a statement. “The work it does impacts directly and forcefully. It isn’t only about rewarding literary excellence; the organization provides encouragement and community for authors, and increasingly models an inclusive vision of Canadian literature. Within the ecosystems of organizations that fund artists, it is unique. It is a voice for, and on behalf of, Canadian writers and writing. I am honoured to be asked to evolve the Writers’ Trust into the next decade. There is much more work still to be done.”
Foran replaces current executive director Mary Osborne who leaves after seven years with the Trust.
Each year, the Writers’ Trust gives away hundreds of thousands of dollars to Canadian writers through ten national literary prizes as well as a number of programs that include a major fellowship, financial grants as well as a writers’ retreat.
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